• Avista Provides Over $260,000 on ''Giving Tuesday''

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    November 27, 2018
    Food banks and community service agencies serving those who need a helping hand are receiving $268,752 in support from the Avista Foundation and Avista Corp.  
    Kicking off the season of giving, 100 Avista employees provided more than 200 hours of volunteerism at the Spokane Arena last week as part of Tom’s Turkey Drive. This gift of time is in addition to individual employee donations to the Turkey Drive that provided 1,065 meals to families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
    “At Avista, we are proud of our long history of giving back to our communities, and we’re excited about our future and a commitment to nearly double investments in our communities as a result of our partnership with Hydro One,” said Dennis Vermillion, president of Avista. When the merger with Hydro One is complete, the Avista Foundation will immediately receive an additional $7 million and $2 million each year to follow. “It is especially meaningful to us to help support the community resources and organizations that make such a difference in the lives of our friends and neighbors.” 
    Avista makes a portion of its community investments through the Avista Foundation, a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. Funds for Avista Corp. contributions come from company profits, and are not included in customers’ rates.
    Giving Tuesday Donations:
    Energy assistance donations total: $200,000
    Twenty-three community service agencies are receiving a total of $200,000 to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Avista customers who are in need this winter and who may have exhausted all other available energy assistance resources. The organizations receiving the donations are identified by Avista’s CARES representatives (Customer Assistance Referral and Evaluation Service). These reps are specially trained and work closely with our most vulnerable customers and the community agencies that provide support services.
    Regional food banks total:  $41,702
    For those with limited income, feeding their family can be one of the biggest challenges they face each month. Forty-three food banks in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska will receive donations, either directly or through a distributor to help support the vital safety-net services they provide.
    Through their buying power and relationships with food producers, the food banks are able to leverage donations like ours to bring several times their value to help stock the shelves for those in need.
    Additional Giving: $27,050
    Helping agencies meet other needs of vulnerable and low-income residents is an especially difficult task at this time of year. Avista’s support of non-profits and community partners is an important part of our commitment to community vitality.
    Eastern Washington Program Donation
    Aging and Long Term Care Southeast Washington CARES $8,000
    American Childhood Cancer Organization Inland Northwest CARES $11,000
    Big Table CARES $8,500
    Caritas Outreach Ministries CARES $5,000
    Catholic Charities CARES $11,000
    Immaculate Conception Catholic Church CARES $1,500
    New Hope Resource Center CARES $12,000
    Our Place Community Ministries CARES $21,000
    Providence Health Care Foundation CARES $10,000
    Salvation Army of Lewiston CARES $1,500
    Salvation Army of Spokane CARES $31,000
    Scottish Rite CARES $5,000
    Spokane Center for Independent Living CARES $2,500
    Spokane Valley Partners CARES $27,000
    St. Francis Guild - Sacred Heart Catholic Church CARES $2,500
    St. John Vianney CARES $6,500
    St. Vincent de Paul Clarkston CARES $16,000
    St. Vincent de Paul Spokane CARES $9,500
    The GreenHouse Community Center CARES $5,000
    Transitions CARES $5,500
    (Sprague-Lamont 4H Club Food Bank) Washington State University Foundation food bank $400
    Addy Rescue Mission food bank $400
    Chewelah Food Bank food bank $400
    Colville Volunteer Food & Resource Center food bank $400
    Community Action Center - Pullman food bank $800
    Connell Food Bank food bank $400
    Greenhouse Community Center food bank $400
    Kettle Falls Community Chest food bank $400
    Lincoln County Care & Share food bank $400
    Loon Lake Food Pantry and Resource Center food bank $400
    Medical Lake Food Bank food bank $400
    Northport Food Bank food bank $400

    Northwest Harvest food bank $5,000
    Othello Food Bank food bank $400
    Our Place Community Ministries food bank $400
    Palouse Cares food bank $1,500
    Ritzville Food Pantry food bank $400
    Second Harvest of the Inland NW (Turkey Drive) food bank $10,602
    Southwest Spokane Community Center food bank $400
    Spokane Valley Partners food bank $400
    Valley Food Pantry food bank $400
    Washington Gorge Action Programs food bank $400
    Warden Food Pantry food bank $400
    Spokesman Review Christmas Bureau general support $3,000
    Spokane County Meals on Wheels general support $500
    Embrace Washington general support $550
    ABC Food Bank food bank $400
    Asotin County Food Bank Assn food bank $400
    Bonner Community Food Center food bank $800
    Community Action Partnership - Lewiston food bank $3,600
    Idaho Foodbank Warehouse food bank $3,000
    Jumpin' Beans Mobile Food Bank food bank $400
    Lifeline Food Pantry food bank $400
    Post Falls Food Bank Inc. food bank $400
    Sojourner's Alliance food bank $400
    Spirit Lake Food Bank food bank $400
    West Bonner County Food Bank food bank $400
    Christmas Connection general support $500
    Bovill Improvement Group general support $300
    Palouse Land Trust general support $300
    Press Christmas for All general support $500
    Children’s Village general support $1,000
    St. Vincent de Paul Coeur d’Alene general support $250
    (United Community Action Network) Friends of Josephine County Food Bank Network food bank $400
    ACCESS, Inc. food bank $400
    Ashland Emergency Food Bank food bank $400
    Community Connection of NE Oregon food bank $400
    FISH of Roseburg food bank $400
    Klamath Lake Counties Food Bank food bank $400
    Medford Rotary Foundation general support $500
    Southern Oregon Veterans Benefit general support $500
    Rogue Valley Dist. Society of St. Vincent de Paul general support $500
    Living Opportunities Inc. general support $500
    Clark Fork Food Bank food bank $400
    Montana Food Bank Network food bank $2,400
    Eaglecrest Foundation youth ski program $1,000
    Juneau Community Foundation Hope Fund Endowment $10,000
    Juneau Jazz and Classics community New Year's celebration $650
    Juneau School District Project 3 Squares - food for children $2,000
    Juneau Symphony general support $500
    Sealaska Heritage Institute general support $2,000
    Salvation Army Juneau general support $2,000
    Southeast Alaska Food Bank food bank $400
    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 over $6 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.
    The Avista Foundation is a separate, non-profit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities or AEL&P customers through rates.

    About Avista Utilities
    Avista Utilities is involved in the production, transmission and distribution of energy. We provide energy services and electricity to 379,000 customers and natural gas to 342,000 customers in a service territory that covers 30,000 square miles in eastern Washington, northern Idaho and parts of southern and eastern Oregon, with a population of 1.6 million. Avista Utilities is an operating division of Avista Corp. (NYSE: AVA). For more information, please visit www.myavista.com
    Colette Bottinelli