Avista Foundation grants $2,500

Josephine Community Libraries received a $2,500 grant from the Avista Foundation for First Chapters, a project to update the children’s libraries to a 21st-century facility with new books, carpet, shelves, and furniture.

“We believe it’s vital to the communities we serve to help AvistaGrantPresentation2-072815provide the educational and experiential opportunities their children and families need to be successful in school and beyond,” said Steve Vincent, Avista’s regional business manager for Oregon. “Updating the Grants Pass library will bring additional resources to the community, fostering literacy and early childhood reading, which are the foundation of academic success.”

Currently, the library is working to raise $40,000 to support the First Chapters project through a crowdfunding campaign from July 13–August 17. To date, volunteers and staff have raised $19,318. Click to learn more about the First Chapters crowdfund for the children’s libraries.

The Avista Foundation makes one distribution of grants in 2015. During this round, grant awards totaled $81,500 for programs in human care services, education, and economic and community vitality in Avista Utilities’ service territory in Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and in Juneau, Alaska. Information on the Avista Foundation is available at www.avistafoundation.org. The Avista Foundation is a separate, nonprofit organization established by Avista Corp. The foundation does not receive funding from Avista Utilities or AEL&P customers through rates.

For more information about this program and others at Josephine Community Libraries, email info@josephinelibrary.org, or call 541-476-0571.