Avista Corp. and the Avista Foundation have announced 2015 seasonal giving totaling $505,000 to non-profit organizations in the company’s service territories in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, Montana and Alaska. The funds will help support programs, including food banks, energy assistance, shelter and clothing, and holiday meals. The total value of Avista’s grants and donations for 2015 is more than $2.7 million from both corporate and foundation sources.
“At this time of year, the needs are greatest for food, heat and a way for some families to celebrate the holidays. This year, in particular, with the windstorm that caused so much destruction and inconvenience, it’s important that we step up to provide assistance to those community organizations that help individuals and families most in need,” said Scott Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Avista Corp.
“Our employees and our company have a legacy of community support that dates back to the founding of our company in 1889. We invest substantially in our communities because we care about those who live in the places we all call home. It’s simply the right thing for us to do.”
Funds for Avista Corp. donations come from company profits. They are not included as a cost to customers in developing retail rates. Avista makes a portion of its community investments through the Avista Foundation.
2015 seasonal donations include:
- Project Share -- $225,000. Project Share provides one-time emergency energy assistance to families in need, without regard to their heating source. The funds are distributed through local community action partners in Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
- CARES Energy assistance -- $200,000. Twenty-two community service agencies will receive a total of $200,000 to make grants for energy assistance to qualifying Washington 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 closest with our most vulnerable customers and the community agencies that provide support services.
- Regional food banks -- $40,000. For those with limited income, feeding their family can be one of the biggest challenges they face each month. Food banks in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Montana 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 seasonal giving -- $40,000. Helping agencies meet the needs of vulnerable and low-income residents is an especially difficult task at this time of year. Avista’s support of the non-profits and community partners who step up to help those in need is an important part of our commitment to community vitality.