Over the past two weeks, Avista delivered contributions totaling $100,000 to energy assistance programs serving citizens of eastern Washington to assist customers in need. Sixteen non-profit organizations received a portion of the contribution to assist their qualifying clients who are Avista customers.
The funds come 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).
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, 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, Wellpinit; St. Vincent DePaul, Colville and Clarkston; and Lewiston Community Action Agency, Lewiston, Idaho (serving Asotin County, Wash.).
“The organizations that received these donations were identified by Avista’s CARES representatives (Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Service), who are specially trained and who work closest with our most vulnerable customers,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, Avista’s director of Community Development. “We appreciate the collaboration of these community non-profits with our CARES reps in helping to meet our customers’ bill assistance needs.”
Cliff Evans of Cancer Patient Care in Spokane said, “It’s hard to put into words what a difference this donation makes for our clients, especially during the winter months when they are hit the hardest. We are so grateful for this much-needed assistance.”
In addition to the CARES contributions, Avista and its employees donated more than $229,000 to Project Share this winter to support energy assistance within our service territory.
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 electric service to 355,000 homes and businesses and natural gas to 312,000 homes and businesses in three Western states, serving more than 492,000 customers. 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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