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Sparking Kids’ Creativity

During a summer when the pandemic significantly reduced vitally needed enrichment activities for children, a $1,000 grant from Innovia enabled the Blue Mountain Artisan Guild (BMAG) to offer a curbside pick-up art program for youth who live in the rural wheat farming communities of southeastern Washington. The program provided children ages 2 to 17 with …

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Providing emergency financial assistance to Columbia County residents: Project Timothy

Since 1990, Project Timothy has been providing emergency financial assistance to people in Columbia County. Many of their clients have lived in poverty their entire lives, and they often turn to Project Timothy, distraught over financial hardship. Project Timothy provides emergency assistance for housing, food, rent, utilities and public transportation, helping to give clients a …

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Touchet Valley Arts Council facilitates theatre program for children

Columbia County schools have significantly cut back arts courses in recent years, but based on the outstanding attendance at the Touchet Valley Arts Council’s events, it is clear that the arts are still important to the community. A grant from the Columbia County Children’s Fund at Innovia Foundation helped fund the Council’s 2017 Children’s Summer …

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Couple creates scholarship fund for high-achieving students with financial need

As the first person in his extended family to earn a college degree, Mark Burkett knows firsthand the difference higher education can make in one’s life. Thanks to a scholarship, Mark was able to attend the University of Pacific, where he earned a degree in electrical engineering. Now retired after a successful 26-year career in …

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Nonprofit vitalizes rural communities in the Palouse with leadership training courses

Rural Development Initiatives (RDI) is a nonprofit organization committed to supporting rural communities in today’s challenging economy. One of RDI’s primary methods of vitalizing rural communities is its Rural Community Leadership Program, a highly interactive course that is designed for a varied set of community members. Innovia Foundation, Avista and Empire Health Foundation are the …

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“Boys and Girls Clubs help improve young people’s academic performance and encourage them to graduate high school, pursue a post-secondary education and develop a lifelong love of learning.”

In Dayton, WA, a small town of 2,500 people, quality after-school care can be hard to come by. Children with working parents often spend non-school hours alone in front of a screen instead of playing, creating or studying. As a result, many perform poorly in school, and some suffer from obesity and even depression. Soon, …

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College Spark Foundation honors education advocate with fund for low-income families

When Christie Querna completed her work on the Spokane School Board and the College Spark Foundation Board, she did not retire her passion for education. During her tenure on the Innovia Foundation Board of Directors, Innovia Foundation began work on an initiative in Spokane Public Schools to improve graduation rates.  In 2014, when Christie completed …

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