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Olive Crest Volunteer Program Mentors Area Foster Children
Avista Foundation $2,000 grant supports recruitment and training at Olive Crest


: Children in foster care in the Greater Spokane area will benefit from an expanded volunteer mentoring program through the non-profit Olive Crest organization. The program recruits, trains and supports volunteers who tutor and mentor foster and adoptive children. The program received a donation of $2,000 from the Avista Foundation in its first quarter 2010 round of grants.


“The majority of the foster children we see have encountered abuse, neglect and other challenges in their short lives. They are often behind in school and need the direct support a tutor or mentor can provide, not only to keep up with their studies, but to eventually graduate from high school,” said Carol Plischke, area director for Olive Crest. “Through the involvement of community volunteers, this program addresses the need for quality mentors and tutors for foster children and provides opportunities for others to give back to their community in meaningful ways.”


“The Olive Crest mentoring program falls well within Avista Foundation’s focus areas of education and assistance to vulnerable populations. We are pleased to support this program to keep children in the foster system heading in the direction of meeting their full potential,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, president of the Avista Foundation.


For more information about the Olive Crest and their programs, visit www.olivecrest.org/pnw


Avista Foundation’s First Quarter 2010 Grants






St. Vincent de Paul

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho


Low income, homeless services

Mid-City Concerns

Spokane WA


Senior meals program


Lilac Services for the Blind

Spokane, WA


Building improvement


Olive Crest

Spokane, WA


At-risk youth mentoring program

Community Frameworks

Spokane, WA



Center Pointe

Spokane, WA


Art program for developmentally disabled clients



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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