Avista has made a $100,000 contribution to energy assistance programs serving citizens of eastern Washington as part of the company’s annual donation program to assist customers in need. Eighteen non-profit organizations received a portion of the contribution to assist their qualifying clients who are Avista customers.
The contribution comes from a Washington state tax credit Avista receives for the company’s Low-Income Rate Assistance Program (LIRAP) which is administered through eastern Washington’s community action agencies. LIRAP provides energy assistance to Avista customers, using similar qualifications as the federal government’s Low-Income Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and who are also eligible for Project Share assistance.
Organizations receiving contributions in the Spokane area are Volunteers of America, Cancer Patient Care, Spokane Valley Community Center, Our Place, Salvation Army, Martin Luther King Center, Saint Augustine’s, Scottish Rites, Caritas Center and Catholic Charities. Other recipient agencies serving Avista’s Washington customers included Rural Resources, Colville; The Greenhouse, Deer Park; New Hope Resource Center, Colbert; Spokane Tribe of Indians; North Columbia CAC, Moses Lake; St. Vincent DePaul, Colville and Clarkston; and Lewiston Community Action Agency, Lewiston, Idaho (serving Asotin County, Wash.).
“The organizations that received these special donations were identified by Avista’s CARES representatives (Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Service), who are specially trained and work closest with our most vulnerable customers,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, Avista’s director of Community Development. “This is an especially challenging year for many households in our service area. We appreciate the collaboration of these community non-profits in helping to meet their needs.”
Scott Cooper of Catholic Charities of Spokane said, “We appreciate so much working with Avista’s CARES department to assess the needs of those who contact us and to help discern the best ways we can assist them together. This donation makes a big difference to the individuals and families we serve.”
Avista Corp. is an energy company involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy as well as other energy-related businesses. Avista Utilities is our operating division that provides service to 352,000 electric and 310,000 natural gas customers in three Western states. Avista’s primary, non-regulated subsidiary is Advantage IQ. Our stock is traded under the ticker symbol “AVA.” For more information about Avista, please visit www.avistacorp.com.
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