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North Idaho College and ElderHelp of North Idaho receive grants from the Avista Foundation

March 19, 2013: Two North Idaho organizations have received grants to expand services in the community. North Idaho College and ElderHelp of North Idaho are recipients of grants in the first quarter round of funding from the Avista Foundation. North Idaho College received $25,000 for a new science lab, and Elder Help of North Idaho Received $4,500 to winterize homes for the elderly.
 
North Idaho College
 
A high demand for classes has lead North Idaho College (NIC) to build a new science laboratory at their Sandpoint campus. Many students currently commute from Sandpoint and the surrounding areas to attend science courses at the Coeur d’Alene campus. This new lab will allow more students access to science and health-based professions, all within a short drive.
 
“The Avista Foundation’s generous grant will allow North Idaho College to equip and furnish the biology science laboratory needed for delivery of lab courses by this fall,” said Joe Dunlap, NIC president.  “This lab is the only missing link in NIC’s ability to deliver the full Associate’s Degree in Sandpoint, and thanks to Avista and our many contributors, the dream is close to a reality.”
 
“Creating an opportunity for more students to take science-related courses will benefit their economic future by preparing them for work experiences,” said Sharmon Schmitt, Avista’s regional business manager for North Idaho. “Access to education is essential, and this lab will enhance North Idaho College’s ability to provide a quality education.”
 
Elder Help of North Idaho
 
Every year hundreds of Idaho houses are left freezing because the elderly cannot afford to heat their homes. ElderHelp of North Idaho is a community volunteer-based organization that works tirelessly to help these seniors heat their homes to make it through the winter comfortably in Kootenai County.
 
“The $4,500 grant from The Avista Foundation will help winterize 40-plus homes in 2013 and keep over 100 seniors warm,” said John Corcoran, ElderHelp of North Idaho’s Director and President. “And the long-term winterization results will continue to help these seniors stay warm year after year. We are also grateful for the cords of firewood wood donated from Avista property. It will go quite a way to help these seniors stay warm and in their own homes.”
 
“In a climate with such a harsh winter season, it is important that the community stands together to assist those in need,” stated Avista’s Schmitt. “Helping seniors heat their homes is a cause that everyone can stand behind. Avista is proud to show our support and assist the residents of this community.”
 
For the first quarter of 2013, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $52,000 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, including:
 
Organization
Purpose
Grant
 
Syringa Hospital & Clinics
Grangeville, Idaho
Pre-hospital trauma life support training for area EMTS.
$ 1,000
Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC)
Whitman County, Wash.
Expand SOAR (STEM Outreach Adventures and Resources) project, bringing educational outreach programs and portable science and math exhibits to rural, underserved communities in Whitman County.
$ 3,500
North Idaho College
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Renovation of Sandpoint building for science classes.
$25,000
Elder Help of North Idaho
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Home weatherization for clients in North Idaho who heat with wood. Avista also donated 15 cords of wood.
$ 4,500
Providence Community Health Foundation
Medford, Ore.
Satellite Community Health outreach.
$10,000
The Lands Council
Spokane, Wash.
Outdoors programs for school children.
$ 2,000
Olive Crest
Spokane, Wash.
Temporary placement of children for families in crisis.
$ 6,000
 
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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