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Douglas County, Ore. 211info receives grant from the Avista Foundation
Second quarter 2013 foundation grants total $18,500 to organizations in Washington, Idaho and Oregon

June 5, 2013: Locating health and social service resources in rural communities is an ongoing challenge throughout Avista’s three-state service territory. For locations like Douglas County, Ore., where 16 percent of the residents live below the poverty line – greater than the average for the state of Oregon – finding safety net services is now a phone call away. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $1,500 in support of the 211info referral service for Douglas County.
 
“Partnering with United Community Action Network and the Greater Douglas United Way gives us the opportunity to help leverage the funds needed to keep the 211info program running this first year of operation and beyond,” said Steve Vincent, Avista regional business manager for Oregon.
 
“The 211info program is a vital resource for all citizens of Douglas County, but especially for those most in need. We greatly appreciate Avista’s support because more than 80 percent of our callers have incomes below the federal poverty level and need assistance to pay utility bills, food and medical costs,” said Jared Paben, 211 resource manager. “Calls to the 211info service are free, and the service is an easy and confidential way for people to fill the gap in information to find essential community resources.”
 
For the second quarter of 2013, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $18,500 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory.
 
Organization
Purpose
Grant
Spokane Convention Center (Spokane PFD)
Spokane, Wash.
Art and Interpretation for the Spokane Convention Center and Environs Project
$ 10,000
Vanessa Behan Crisis Nursery
Spokane, Wash.
 
 
Pilot project to increase summer staffing.
$ 2,500
Rotary Club of Spokane-West
Spokane, Wash.
Airway Heights Rotary Splash Pad
$2,500
Ritzville Downtown Development Association
Ritzville, Wash.
Capital Improvements at the New Ritz Theater
$1,000
211 Info
Douglas County, Ore.
Support for operating 211 health and human services information system.
$1,500
Spokane HOPE School
Spokane, Wash.
Pre-kindergarten program for children with hearing impairment.
$1,000
Sojourner’s Alliance
Moscow, Idaho.
Upgrade appliances in temporary housing for homeless families
$ 500
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation, established in 2002, focuses its giving on grants that strengthen communities and enhance the quality of life for people served by Avista Utilities in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern Oregon and Sanders County, Montana. The foundation focuses its giving in the areas of:
·         education – K-12 education particularly in the fields of science, math and technology; and higher education including scholarships,
·         vulnerable and limited income populations – providing assistance to those on limited incomes and support for initiatives to reduce poverty,
·         economic and cultural vitality – supporting projects that help communities and citizens to grow and prosper.
 
Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org . The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities customers through rates.

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