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St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho receives $10,000 grant from the Avista Foundation
Avista Corp. contributes $6.5 million to strengthen foundation’s endowment; Foundation announces nearly $50,000 in grants

July 31, 2014: Helping the homeless, decreasing the rate of hunger, providing training and financial resources – together these and other activities are the focus of St. Vincent de Paul North Idaho. Providing these resources in a single, convenient location increases the opportunities for individuals and families to access them. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $10,000 in support of the St. Vincent de Paul capital campaign, which seeks, in part, to purchase the HELP Center building from the City of Coeur d’Alene as a one-stop location for 24 different human care services in collaboration with 19 different agencies.
 
“The HELP Center is a great collaboration of state agencies, the city of Coeur d’Alene and other non-profits that brings vital services together in one place to help some of the most vulnerable individuals and families in our community,” said Jeff Conroy, executive director of St. Vincent de Paul. “The services we’re able to provide help others to help themselves.”
 
“There is a significant need for assistance in our community, especially in light of the economic downturn and slow recovery. As a community partner, we’re pleased to be able to help support such a worthy organization to provide services to help residents meet basic needs and work toward financial stability,” said Patty Shea, Avista’s regional business manager for North Idaho.
 
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 donation 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
Ronald McDonald House
Spokane, Wash.
Upgrade kitchen and living spaces at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital
$5,000
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
Spokane Tribal College
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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