The new owner of Alaska Electric Light and Power Company spread some holiday cheer of its own by donating $100,000 to several local organizations.
Avista Corporation, which bought out AEL&P last summer, announced the donation Tuesday. The Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, Salvation Army, Glory Hole, United Way of Southeast Alaska, University of Alaska Southeast and Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation will each receive a portion of the grant.
“We are very pleased that AEL&P has joined Avista, Avista Vice President and AEL&P board chairman Dennis Vermillion said in a statement. “We look forward to a long and productive working relationship with the company and the residents, businesses and organizations of Juneau,”
Vermillion noted Avista’s “legacy of community support” dating back to the company’s founding in 1889.
“We invest substantially in our communities because we care about those who live in the places we all call home,” he continued. “It’s simply the right thing for us to do.”
The donation from Avista will grant $50,000 to UAS; $12,000 to BRHF, United Way and Glory Hole; $10,000 to Salvation Army and $4,000 to the JAHC.
The Glory Hole homeless shelter downtown recently suffered a major setback when a frozen water pipe burst and residents were temporarily displaced. The building suffered extensive water damage and, although it is insured, employees are unsure how long repairs might take.
Glory Hole Executive Director Mariya Lovishchuk previously told the Juneau Empire earlier this month that Thanksgiving and Christmas were her peak periods for donations from the community. She worried where the nearly 40 percent of their proceeds would come from now.
The Juneau Salvation Army has also recently struggled in the holiday season to provide funds and sponsors for its Christmas meal box programs after the Capital City Rotaract disbanded.
Juneau high school volunteer organizations and over 10 Juneau businesses contributed to keep the program alive by filling the meal boxes with food. Thunder Mountain High School’s Interact Club hopes to carry on the Salvation Army Christmas tradition.
Avista Utilities is an energy company based out of Spokane, Washington, which provides electricity and natural fuel to eastern Washington, northern Idaho, southern and eastern Oregon, and now southeast Alaska.