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Palouse Discovery Science Center and Syringa Hospital receive grants from the Avista Foundation

March 19, 2013: Two Palouse-area organizations have received grants to expand their vital services to the community. The Palouse Discovery Science Center (PDSC), Pullman, Wash., and Syringa Hospital and Clinics, Grangeville, Idaho, are among the recipients of grants in the first quarter round of funding from the Avista Foundation. PDSC received $3,500 and Syringa Hospital and Clinics received $1,000.
 
Palouse Discovery Science Center
 
The mission of the PDSC is to further the public’s understanding of science and technology through the use of educational programs, exhibits, teaching collections, and activities. The grant from the Avista Foundation will allow PDSC to expand their SOAR (STEM Outreach Adventures and Resources) project, which brings educational outreach programs and portable science and math exhibits to rural, underserved communities in Whitman County, Wash.
 
“These much needed funds will be used to help cover the costs of providing outreach programs for approximately 35 visits to schools and out-of-school events in rural communities in 2013 and 2014, serving over 2,000 participants,” said Victoria Scalise, executive director for PDSC.
 
 “One of the focus areas for the Avista Foundation is education, because we know that a solid base of knowledge is essential to success in later years,” said Paul Kimmell, Avista regional business manager in the Palouse. “Giving rural school children the opportunity to expand their knowledge of science, technology, engineering and math will provide them opportunities and experiences they may not be exposed to otherwise.”
 
Syringa Hospital and Clinics
 
The mission of Syringa Hospital and Clinics is to provide and coordinate high quality health care for everyone who needs it, regardless of their ability to pay. They plan to use their grant to provide pre-hospital trauma life support (PHTLS) training to up to 20 area EMTS and ambulance staff.
 
“In most cases, first responders have a ‘golden hour’ of opportunity for the best possible patient outcomes,” said Bill Spencer, director of Ambulance Services
 for Syringa Hospital and Clinics. “It’s vital that they have the most up-to-date training and information to best serve our patients, and the Avista Foundation grant is making that possible.”
 
 “We’re thrilled to support the important work of Syringa Hospital and Clinics,” said Mike Tatko, Avista regional business manager for the Lewis-Clark region. “Providing training opportunities to first-responders in any setting, but especially in rural areas, is an important part of keeping our communities healthy and active.”
 
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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