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Rogue Valley St. Vincent de Paul receives $4,500 grant from the Avista Foundation
Avista Corp. contributes $6.5 million to strengthen foundation’s endowment; Foundation announces nearly $50,000 in grants

July 30, 2014: Economic crises can happen at any time to anyone. But, for those who live near the poverty line, the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, serious injury or illness can mean losing the ability to pay the rent or buy groceries. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $4,500 to purchase a fax/ copier/scanner to support the all-volunteer social service work at Rogue Valley District Council of St. Vincent de Paul.
 
We run our operation on a shoe string, with three to four volunteer counselors seeing 50 to 55 clients in need each day,” said Socorro Holloway, president of St. Vincent de Paul. “People who are coming to us need a hand up during their time of financial crisis. Partnering with the Avista Foundation to purchase new office equipment that is in good working order will make the process of helping people operate more efficiently for our staff and more effectively for those who come to us.”
 
“Our goal with grants like this one to St. Vincent de Paul is to support the vital work that non-profit organizations are doing in the communities we serve. Often, as is the case here, it’s volunteers helping the most vulnerable in our community to meet basic human needs in times of crisis,” said Steve Vincent, Avista regional business manager for Oregon. “Helping those who provide this kind of assistance ultimately strengthens the community and benefits everyone.”
 
Avista Corp. contribution strengthens Avista Foundation’s endowment and sustainability
“This is a very exciting time for our company with the celebration of our 125th anniversary. The contribution of $6.5 million from the corporation will bring the foundation’s endowment to nearly $10 million,” said Avista Corp. Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Scott Morris. “Growing the foundation’s endowment will help us sustain the grant program into the future, supporting opportunities to build community and economic vitality in our region.”
 
Avista Foundation grants announced
In its first of two grant distributions for 2014, the Avista Foundation made awards totaling $49,750 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in Avista Utilities’ service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
 
Organization
Purpose
Grant
 
St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho
Coeur d’Alene, Idaho
Purchase of the HELP Center.
$10,000
Friends of Whitman County Library
Colfax, Wash.
Completion of The Center, a community building to house educational, cultural, entrepreneurial and social activities
$10,000
Martin Luther King Family Outreach Center
Spokane, Wash.
Summer Youth Academy -- STEM activities
$5,650
Idaho-Lewis County Technical Education Foundation
Grangeville, Idaho
Creation of a strategic plan to develop the Camas-Clearwater Technical Education Center for high school students and adults, and for legal offenders in Idaho and Lewis counties
$5,000
Ronald McDonald House
Spokane, Wash.
Upgrade kitchen and living spaces at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
$5,000
Spokane Tribal College
Wellpinit, Wash.
Assistance to set up a “Running Start” program for high school students
$5,000
Spokane Interplayers
Spokane, Wash.
Support for updating the theater’s lighting system
$5,000
Rogue Valley District Council of St. Vincent de Paul
Medford, Ore.
Update office equipment for social workers
$4,500
Sandpoint Community Resource Center
Sandpoint, Idaho
Costs for telecommunications to connect to Idaho 211 Care Line
$2,600
Refugee Connections Spokane
Spokane, Wash.
“Patient Passport Project” to assist non-English speaking individuals navigate the healthcare system and train healthcare providers
 $2,000
 
About the Avista Foundation
The Avista Foundation was established in 2002 with the objective of making a difference in our communities in a positive and sustainable way. Since its founding, the Avista Foundation has made grants totaling more than $3 million. 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, and
·         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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