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Low Income, Educational and Work Force Development Programs Receive Q3 Avista Foundation Grants


Sept. 7, 2010: The Avista Foundation has announced grants made for the third quarter 2010. Spokane’s Women and Children’s Free Restaurant received $5,000 in support of their services that provide free, nutritious meals to women and children in need. The North Idaho College Foundation  received a grant of $4,400 to help fund a welder to be used in the college’s Workforce Training Center. Gonzaga University received a grant of $1,500 to help support a mentoring program in science for students at Wellpinit High School. And in conjunction with Avista Corp., a grant of $1,000 was made to the Spokane Tribe of Indians in support of their child development center.


“This quarter’s grants give us the opportunity to focus on meeting some of the needs of children and young adults in our service area. Feeding and caring for the youngest among us helps give them a solid foundation of healthy eating and readiness for school,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, president of the Avista Foundation. “We’re also pleased to be able to help support valuable mentoring and work force development opportunities, because they provide important connections for youth to achieve educational success.”


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 ratepayers.

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