March 14, 2012:
Within all of Spokane County there are but two licensed homes for unwed mothers and babies. One, the Volunteers of America
(VOA) Alexandria’s House
, is the recipient of a $20,000 grant in the first quarter round of funding from the Avista Foundation
. The funds will be used to help purchase a new home for Alexandria’s House in Browne’s Addition, creating a safe, stable living environment for these at-risk teens and their babies.
“This new home for Alexandria’s House will help us provide essential services to these young families who are some of the most vulnerable citizens in our community. Through this program, we’re able to help these young women develop independent living and parenting skills, and begin the transition to permanent housing and successful family lives,” said Bridget Cannon, VOA director of youth services.
“We’re pleased to support the important work of VOA’s Alexandria’s House to expand the impact of this valuable program. This grant enables us to partner with other supporters to help prevent the greater risks these moms and their children could face,” said Anne Marie Axworthy, Avista director of consumer affairs and president of the Avista Foundation. “We’ll also work with VOA to ensure the new facility measures up in terms of making the best use of energy efficiency options to help manage on-going operational costs.”
For the first quarter of 2012, the Avista Foundation made grants totaling $144,700 to human care services, educational and community vitality organizations in our service territory in Washington, Idaho and Oregon, including $62,000 for scholarships at area universities and colleges through the Avista Scholars
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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