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Providence Community Health Foundation receives grant from the Avista Foundation for Rural Education Expansion

March 19, 2013: Providence Community Health Foundation has received a $10,000 grant from the Avista Foundation to support Swindells Resource Center in southern Oregon to expand outreach support to families with disabled children in rural settings. 
 
Swindells Resource Center aims to provide families of children with disabilities in Oregon the support they need to access community support and resources.
 
“The grant provided by the Avista Foundation will allow us to accelerate our efforts in southern Oregon for families with children with disabilities,” said. Jodi Barnard, executive director, Providence Community Health Foundation.  “This will help us bridge the gap in education, information and services through outreach to our rural communities.”
 
“Avista is an active partner with the non-profit organizations in our service territory to help meet the needs of children and their families,” said Steve Vincent, Avista regional business manager for Oregon. “We recognize the need and are pleased to help support programs such as Swindells Resource Center that help strengthen the linkages to information and resources.”
 
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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