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LaCrosse Community Pride receives $5,000 grant from the Avista Foundation

May 30, 2012: Having a grocery store close to home is something most of us take as much for granted as flipping a switch and having the lights come on. But for the residents of rural LaCrosse, Wash., the nearest food store is a 30-mile car ride away. The federal government considers these communities “food deserts” lacking access to fresh, healthy, and affordable food. To help address this important need the LaCrosse Community Pride organization recently received a $5,000 grant from the Avista Foundation in support of the renovation of the historic grocery store building.

“LaCrosse Community Pride is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to preserve businesses in our community and to assist in entrepreneurial enterprises to save and create employment opportunities,” said Gary Wargo with LaCrosse Community Pride. “Restoring and updating the nearly 100-year-old grocery building with energy efficient lighting and equipment will create the opportunity for a business to open, for jobs to be created and for all residents, and most importantly low income and elderly residents, of this rural area to have easy access to purchase groceries.”
 
We are pleased to support the work of the LaCrosse Community Pride organization as it gives new life to an historic town structure, creates opportunities for economic growth, and improves access to healthy, affordable foods and help eliminate food deserts in eastern Washington. Enhancing economic vitality in rural areas is challenging even in the best of times. By bringing together resources and expertise supporting the development of sustainable projects and strategies that work toward restoring and revitalizing our small rural communities, we can begin to address these important issues.” said Paul Kimmell, Avista regional business manager.

Second Quarter 2012 Avista Foundation Grants
Organization
Amount
Purpose
Friends of KSPS, Spokane, Wash.
$20,000
Upgrade and enhance broadcast equipment and facilities
Lewis-Clark Early Childhood Program, Lewiston, Idaho
$10,000
Renovation of the early childhood education and community center
LaCrosse Community Pride, LaCrosse, Wash.
$5,000
Renovation of the Historic Grocery Store and community center
Tesh, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
$3,000
Summer camp for low income youth
Mediation Works, Medford, Ore.
$2,500
School-based peer mediation program
Shriner’s Hospital for Children, Spokane, Wash.
$2,000
Pediatric vital signs monitor
WSU Museum of Art, Pullman, Wash.
$1,000
Transportation to the museum for K-12 students
 
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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