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Friends of Whitman County Library 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: As the role of libraries nationally is changing, so, too, is the role of the Whitman County Library. Today, in addition to providing  books and research services, the library is an active participant in community planning, providing technical, educational and cultural classes, as well as job training and small business incubation opportunities. The Avista Foundation has made a grant of $10,000 to the Friends of the Whitman County Library to assist in the completion of the Bettie Steiger Community Enrichment and Business Incubation Center (The Center) in Colfax, Wash.
 
“The library is truly a hub of activity for our region, with usage so strong that we’ve outgrown our single meeting room,” said Kristie Kirkpatrick, library director. “The Center will bring additional activities into the heart of our community, provide an office for the Chamber of Commerce and respond to our community’s desire to encourage and expand access to the arts and education.”
 
“The rural communities in our service area rely on multi-purpose opportunities to access the kinds of programs that enhance the cultural and economic vitality of the region. As a community partner, we’re pleased to be able to help support the Friends of Whitman County Library as they turn their vision of innovative building use and program offerings into reality for southeastern Washington,” said Paul Kimmell, Avista’s regional business manager for the Palouse.
 
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 Utilitites’ 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
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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