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Our communities extend support to those impacted by the war in Ukraine

In response to our community’s desire to aid people in war-torn Ukraine, a leadership group of more than a half-dozen Spokane-area churches has launched the Ukraine Relief Fund to provide emergency relief and refugee assistance.  In recent weeks, concerned residents from across the Inland Northwest – many of whom are Innovia Foundation donors – have …

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Through scholarships and awards, a couple hopes to tackle educational challenges

Judy and Terry Davis have shared a full life of adventure, traveling and whole-hearted service to their community. As first-generation college graduates, Judy and Terry are eager to pass the gift of education on to the future students of their beloved community in Valley, Washington.   The couple first met in the Peace Corp and spent …

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Couple supports initiatives that address housing insecurity and homelessness

For Dianne Quast and Christina Pegg, ensuring housing security is more than a profession. After spending their careers serving with housing security organizations across the West Coast, both Dianne and Chris have invested their time and talents in volunteer leadership roles at local housing organizations.  “Without a safe, affordable place to live, it is really …

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Driven by the value of family and health, couple creates scholarship for WSU nurses

Rowena E. Pineda and Todd Miller believe in the power of healthy communities. This passion drives their work and their support for local nurses in training. The health of the local communities is never truly out of mind for Rowena and Todd who have both invested in careers supporting local health organizations, including the Spokane …

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North Idaho couple establishes fund to benefit at-risk children and animals

Each summer, Jim and Nancy Prussak—who live near the Spokane River in Post Falls—can hear shrieks of glee echoing from Camp Journey, a neighboring summer camp for young survivors of cancer.   “They have a blast. They don’t have to think about anything but having fun,” Jim says.   These campers inspired the Prussacks to establish a …

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Vietnam Veteran gives back to Othello with trust to preserve outdoor community

Growing up in the shadow of two famous uncles, Fred Hutchinson and Dr. William Hutchinson, William A. Crosetto, or Bill as his friends called him, never thought he could make a difference in anyone’s lives. When Bill passed through Othello during a field trip from Bellevue High School, he never imagined he would one day …

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Local business owners fight against human trafficking in the Idaho region

Whether they are serving their customers or their community, Dan & Anne Alsaker are committed to going the “extra mile”. Their family business, Broadway Flying J Travel Plaza, is known for more than its welcoming fuel stops. The Alsakers actively use their platform to fight against the problem of human trafficking within the region. By …

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“Education and community were important in our household. If we had enough, we gave it to somebody else,” —Karen, daughter of Helen E. Schafer.

Honoring family through the gift of education Education was a passion Helen E. Schaefer never hesitated to share. For 40 years, Helen poured her love of learning and music into lessons for children at Madison and Hutton grade schools in Spokane. As a first-generation college student, Helen knew the power of educational success firsthand and …

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