Avista Corp

Avista provides over $260,000 on “Giving Tuesday”

November 27, 2018

Philanthropy brings help to those in need

SPOKANE, Wash. – Nov. 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

Idaho

 

 

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

Oregon

 

 

(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

Montana 

 

 

Clark Fork Food Bank

food bank

$400

Montana Food Bank Network

food bank

$2,400

Alaska

 

 

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
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