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The Lands Council and Olive Crest receive grants from the Avista Foundation

March 19, 2013: Two Spokane County organizations have received grants to expand services in the community. The Lands Council and Olive Crest are both recipients of grants in the first quarter round of funding from the Avista Foundation. The Lands Council received $2,000 and Olive Crest received $6,000.
 
The Lands Council
 
The Lands Council works to preserve and revitalize Inland Northwest forests, water and wildlife through advocacy, education, effective action and community engagement. Funding from the Avista Foundation will directly support Project SUSTAIN, a unique and meaningful community-based effort to increase learning, environmentalism and sustainability in students from the Spokane area and North Idaho.
 
“The core of Project SUSTAIN is a commitment to get our community’s children outside, working in a unit through hands-on activities and ultimately living as a more sustainably-aware generation,” said Amanda Swan, development director for The Lands Council. “Funds from the Avista Foundation will go toward the cost of field trips and in-class activities for students.”
 
“The Avista Foundation is proud to support an organization like The Lands Council that provides such a unique and valuable service to our community,” said Patrick Lynch, president of the Avista Foundation. “Teaching our next generation how to be more environmentally and sustainably aware aligns with Avista’s values.”
 
Olive Crest
 
Olive Crest is an organization dedicated to transforming the lives of abused, neglected, and at-risk children and their families. The organization works tirelessly to meet the individual needs of kids in crisis by providing safe homes, counseling and education for both youth and parents. Olive Crest will use the grant from the Avista Foundation to support and expand its Safe Families for Children program (SFFC) in eastern Washington.
 
“Our SFFC program is designed to prevent child abuse by providing safe, temporary homes for children and support services for their parents during times of crisis,” said Carol Plischke, Washington director for Olive Crest. “The Avista Foundation’s generous grant will allow us to grow our eastern Washington efforts and help even more children and their families.”
 
“Olive Crest provides an unmatched service to those going through crisis in our community,” said Lynch. “The Avista Foundation is pleased to support an organization that aims to better the lives of the youth throughout our 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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