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Avista contributes $500,000 to support human care service programs
43 non-profit organizations receive funds to help clients with winter heating costs

Dec. 28, 2010
: Avista today announced contributions totaling $500,000 to human care service programs serving citizens in its service areas in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, and southern and eastern Oregon. Forty-three non-profit, human care service organizations received funds to assist their qualifying clients, who are Avista customers, primarily with energy bills.


Funding for these contributions comes from Avista shareholder dollars and is not charged to customers through retail rates. In addition, a portion of the funding for agencies in Washington 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.


“This contribution comes at a time when many of our customers are having a difficult time making ends meet and paying bills due to the struggling economy in our region.” said Dennis Vermillion, president of Avista Utilities. “The organizations that receive 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. We appreciate the collaboration of these community non-profits with our CARES reps in helping to meet our customers’ needs.” 


Organizations receiving contributions are



Medford, Ore.

Aging and Longer Term Care

Clarkston, Wash.

Angels Over Sandpoint

Sandpoint, ID

Cancer Patient Care

Spokane, Wash.

Candle Lighters

Spokane, Wash.

Caritas Center

Spokane, Wash.

Catholic Charities

Spokane, Wash.

Christian Aid Fund of Shoshone County

Wallace. Idaho

Coeur d’Alene Bible Church

Coeur d’Alene. Idaho

Colville Food Bank

Colville, Wash.

Community Action Center

Pullman, Wash.

Community Action Partnership

Lewiston, Idaho (serving Asotin County, Wash

Community Action Partnership of Benewah County

St, Maries, Idaho

Community Connection of NE Oregon

La Grande, Ore.

Immaculate Conception Parish

Colville, Wash.

Klamath and Lake Community Action Services

Klamath Falls, Ore.

Martin Luther King Center

Spokane, Wash.

Neighbor to Neighbor Ministries

La Grande, OR

New Hope Resource Center

Colbert, Wash.

Opportunities Industrialization Center

Moses Lake, Wash.

Our Place

Spokane, Wash.

Prairie Avenue Christian Center

Hayden, Idaho

Rural Resources

Colville, Wash.

Saint Augustine’s

Spokane, Wash.

Salvation Army

Spokane, Wash.; Medford, Ore.; Lewiston, Idaho

Scottish Rite

Spokane, Wash.


Spokane, Wash.

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Wellpinit, Wash.

Spokane Valley Partners

Spokane, Wash.

St. George Catholic Church-Mission of Charity

Post Falls, Idaho

St. Pius X Catholic Church

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho

St. Vincent DePaul

Coeur d’Alene and Moscow, Idaho; Clarkston, Wash., Ashland and Medford, Ore.

The Greenhouse

Deer Park, Wash.

The Hope Center

Moscow, Idaho

United Community Action Network

Josephine County, OR

United Community Action Network

Douglas County, OR

Volunteers of America

Spokane, Wash.


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 357,000 customers and natural gas to 316,000 customers.  Our service territory covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.5 million.  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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