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Avista donates $2,000 to innovative job training program at Christ Kitchen
Avista Foundation announces a single round of grants totaling $81,500 for 2015


Aug. 5, 2015: Christ Clinic / Christ Kitchen has been impacting lives in Spokane for more than two decades. Through Christ Kitchen, it has provided job training, support and fellowship for women in poverty since 1998. The organization enables women to learn how to work, to become employable and, eventually, to support themselves and their families. What began with the production and sales of gourmet, dried food products, has morphed into a catering service and now a mobile food truck project. The Avista Foundation is proud to donate $2,000 in support of this program.

“Christ Kitchen provides a work setting in which any willing woman can gain skills and competencies which in turn improve her confidence and self-image,” said Kristine Ruggles, executive director for Christ Clinic / Christ Kitchen. “We are grateful for the support from the Avista Foundation that will help us launch this new job training program and provide additional, independent opportunities for the women who participate in our programs.”
“We’re very pleased to partner with Christ Clinic / Christ Kitchen on the food truck job initiative. Over the years, we’ve been impressed with the quality of the training and opportunities given to the women in their programs. This is an innovative way to extend the quality food service Christ Kitchen has become known for, and we applaud their efforts,” said Dennis Vermillion, president of Avista Utilities and member of the board for the Avista Foundation.



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.
Kootenai Health Foundation
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
IMAGINE, the capital campaign for Kootenai Health – expansion of Kootenai Health facilities
The Idaho Food Bank
Lewiston, Idaho
A Fresh Approach to Feeding Idaho Families – new warehouse and demonstration kitchen for north central Idaho
Spokane Symphony
Spokane, Wash.
Program support
Spokane Valley Partners
Spokane Valley, Wash.
Facility upgrade projects, including demonstration kitchen, boiler and roof
Juneau Jazz & Classics
Juneau, Alaska
Education and community outreach programs
Christ Clinic / Christ Kitchen
Spokane, Wash.
Mobile Food Truck – job training program
Gizmo Coeur d’Alene
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Community Robotics Lab
Juneau Symphony
Juneau, Alaska
Youth Music Education Program
Josephine Community Libraries
Grants Pass, Ore.
21st Century Children’s Library
Northeast Community Center
Spokane, Wash.
Playground Structure serving Head Start and Early Head Start Students
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho
Lewiston, Idaho
First Territorial Capitol of Idaho Revitalization Project
LaCrosse Community Pride
Support for facility and programs enhancing economic and cultural vitality in LaCrosse Wash.
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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