MOSCOW CHAMBER OF COMMERCE: Avista Provides Over $260,000 on ''Giving Tuesday''


Moscow Chamber of Commerce issued the following announcement on Nov. 27.

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 Centerfold bank$400

Community Action Center - Pullman food bank$800

Connell Food Bank food bank$400

Greenhouse Community Centerfold bank$400

Kettle Falls Community Chest food bank$400

Lincoln County Care & Share food bank$400

Loon Lake Food Pantry and Resource Centerfold 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 Centerfold 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 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, bank $400

Ashland Emergency Food Bank food bank $400

Community Connection of NE Oregon food bank $400

FISH of Rosebud 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

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