Avista Foundation gives out two grants to Juneau nonprofits

Avista Foundation announced Monday that it is giving two grants to Juneau nonprofits, in order to promote education and community enrichment.

The foundation, which was established by Avista Corporation that owns Juneau’s electric utility Alaska Light, Electric & Power, is giving $2,500 to the Catholic Community Service and $2,000 to Juneau Alaska Music Matters.

The grant to Catholic Community Service will assist in the purchase software that will make accounting more efficient. CCS is a social service agency that has worked to help individuals and families in need in Southeast Alaska since 1973.

The grant to Juneau Alaska Music Matters will help expand its violin program and will allow the organization to buy more instruments. The school-based program seeks to use music to promote academic success for students.

Since 2014, Avista has given close to $200,000 to organizations in Juneau, Avista Senior Communications Manager Debbie Simock said. This year, Avista has given more than $213,000 to organizations in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, and Alaska, with the Juneau organizations being the only recipients in Alaska.

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