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Josephine Community Libraries receive $1,250 grant from the Avista Foundation for the 21st Century Children’s Library Project in Grants Pass
Avista Foundation announces a single round of grants totaling $81,500 for 2015

 

Aug. 5, 2015: What would a community be like without a library? The four-branch library system of Josephine County, Ore., found out in 2007 when a county funding crisis closed the entire system. Now, eight years later, a diligent group of volunteers keeps the libraries open and funded, providing free, equitable access to information for everyone. The library in Grants Pass, part of Avista Utilities’ service area, is planning an upgrade to its children’s section to modernize and enhance the services it provides. The Avista Foundation is proud to be a supporter of the 21st Century Children’s Library Project at the Grants Pass Library through a grant of $1,250.  

 
“Today’s children need to have access to the quality books and materials relevant in today’s world, and that’s what this project is all about,” said Kate Lasky, executive director of the Josephine Community Libraries. “We’re partnering with parents and care-givers to give them the tools they need to get kids off to a solid start to literacy. In addition, we will provide youngsters with learning activities that are hands-on, flexible and multi-media to prepare them for the many ways information is communicated today.”
 
“We believe it’s vital to the communities we serve to help provide the educational and experiential opportunities their children and families need to be successful in school and beyond,” said Steve Vincent, Avista’s regional business manager for Oregon. “Updating the Grants Pass library will bring additional resources to the community, fostering literacy and early childhood reading, which are the foundation of academic success.”
 
 
Avista Foundation grants announced
The Avista Foundation will make just one distribution of grants in 2015. During this round, grant awards totaled $81,500 for programs in human care services, education, and economic and community vitality in Avista Utilities’ service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, and in Juneau, Alaska, where Avista Corp. owns Alaska Electric Light and Power Company.
 
 
 
Organization
 
Purpose
 
Grant
 
Kootenai Health Foundation
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
IMAGINE, the capital campaign for Kootenai Health – expansion of Kootenai Health facilities
$45,000
The Idaho Foodbank
Lewiston, Idaho
A Fresh Approach to Feeding Idaho Families – new warehouse and demonstration kitchen for north central Idaho
$10,000
Spokane Symphony
Spokane, Wash.
Program support
 
 
 
      $10,000
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane Valley, Wash.
Facility upgrade projects, including demonstration kitchen, boiler and roof
$5,000
Juneau Jazz & Classics
Juneau, Alaska
Education and community outreach programs
$2,500
Christ Kitchen
Spokane, Wash.
Mobile Food Truck – job training program
$2,000
Gizmo Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Community Robotics Lab
$1,500
Juneau Symphony
Juneau, Alaska
Youth Music Education Program
$1,250
Josephine Community Libraries
Grants Pass, Ore.
21st Century Children’s Library
$1,250
Northeast Community Center
Spokane, Wash.
Playground Structure serving Head Start and Early Head Start Students
$1,000
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho
Lewiston, Idaho
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho Revitalization Project
$1,000
LaCrosse Community Pride
Support for facility and programs enhancing economic and cultural vitality in LaCrosse Wash.
$1,000
 
 
 
 
 
About Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation was established in 2002 with the objective of making a difference in our communities in a positive and sustainable way. Since its founding, the Avista Foundation has made grants totaling more than $3 million. 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, and
·         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 or AEL&P customers through rates.
 

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