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Inspiring Minds with the Wonders of Nature

Studying forestry among the lush pines or learning about the Steelhead trout swimming through the streams at their feet, students from Troy, Idaho have discovered the wonders of nature at the Neuman Conservation Forest for years. A recent grant from Innovia provided for the construction of a multi-purpose, outdoor educational pavilion on the land, preserving the space for generations of learning and community connection. 

Cultivating Potential Sustaining Fund

Pamela Javier never hesitates to put the needs of others before herself. Whether she is caring for her infant daughter or volunteering at a local charity, her compassionate heart and determined spirit are hard at work. As a young mother and first-generation Asian American college student, Pamela dreams of becoming a registered nurse.

Offering Childcare and Hope in North Idaho

The relief of not having to worry about what essentials I have to cut out or skimp on to pay childcare was huge for my family,” says one grateful parent who received an emergency childcare scholarship through a program of United Way of North Idaho.

Happy Horizons Childcare grant ensures the wellbeing of children and parents coping with the crisis

Even with steady employment, many families are challenged to provide basic necessities. Single parents spend, on average, 36% of their income on childcare, and that often does not leave enough to pay the bills or buy nutritious food, especially for those living paycheck-to-paycheck. The COVID-19 pandemic has severely exacerbated these needs. Happy Horizons Childcare in …

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“We were a little nervous when COVID-19 hit and then the restrictions started.  We figured we would get hit hard,” said Joan Bender, Moderator of Potlatch Food Bank

Potlatch Food Pantry received a $500 COVID-19 Response and Recovery Fund grant to purchase food for the increased demand for those the pantry serves. “We were a little nervous when COVID-19 hit and then the restrictions started.  We figured we would get hit hard,” said Joan Bender, Moderator of Potlatch Food Bank. “So, with more …

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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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Backyard Harvest delivers fresh produce to food-insecure community members

Backyard Harvest’s four-county service region – Asotin, Whitman, Latah and Nez Perce – contains over 25,000 food-insecure people, including 10,000 people who rely on food access programs. And yet, the food donated to these programs is not always healthy; the obesity rate in the counties is over 28%. Fortunately, the region also contains farmers and …

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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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