Avista Corp. donates $100,000 to Juneau organizations

AEL&P headquarters in Lemon Creek. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)
AEL&P headquarters in Lemon Creek. (Photo by Casey Kelly/KTOO)

Alaska Electric Light and Power’s parent company today announced $100,000 in donations to six Juneau organizations.

“Everybody benefits when the community does well, when its citizens do well,” says Jessie Wuerst, a spokesperson for Spokane, Wash.-based Avista Corp., which merged with AEL&P on July 1.

The organizations that received money are the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council, the Salvation Army, the Glory Hole, the United Way of Southeast Alaska, Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation, and the University of Alaska Southeast.

The $12,000 donation to the Glory Hole comes after a burst water pipe temporarily put the shelter out of commission earlier this month.

United Way President and CEO Wayne Stevens says the organization hasn’t decided where to invest the $12,000 it received, but he says there’s always a need.

“It’s hard to commit to where money’s going until you have the pile collected,” Stevens says. “You can always make sure that contributions are directed to the area of greatest need. And that changes moment to moment almost.”

Wuerst says Avista Corp. representatives will fly to Juneau in January to present checks to each of the organizations.

Avista Corp. donations to Juneau organizations

  • Juneau Arts & Humanities Council – $4,000
  • Juneau Salvation Army – $10,000
  • The Glory Hole – $12,000
  • United Way of Southeast Alaska – $12,000
  • Bartlett Regional Hospital Foundation – $12,000
  • University of Alaska Southeast – $50,000
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