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Local businesses step up during Spokane Gives Month

Pradeep Hatcher, Public Information Assistant, No Phone Number Available

Thursday, April 14, 2016 at 5:06 p.m.

Local businesses step up during Spokane Gives Month

Local businesses are getting involved in Spokane Gives Month in a big way! To say thank you, we have been highlighting some of these businesses who have been "Spokane-Giving" on our social media pages.

Here’s what some of our amazing community partners have been up to:

Avista Utilities

Over the course of the month, 48 different Avista employees will have volunteered at Sheridan Elementary! Employees are volunteering at the school in partnership with Communities in Schools. Standardized testing will be going on, creating stress and fatigue for the students, so Avista employees will be playing kickball with the kids during a break from the standardized testing in two sessions each day.  Avista Employees know that these tests are important, and believe shifting the students’ minds from studies to fun will help them perform at their best. This will also give teachers a welcome break from the tedium of testing.  Taking a fun, active break and getting outside for some fresh air will be a win-win for everyone.

This year, Avista also donated $1,000 to Spokane County United Way to fund Spokane Gives Mini-Grants.

Bank of America

During the month of April, Bank of America Community Volunteers are taking part in the United Way of Kootenai County Spring Dash, the March of Dimes Bank Day, Susan G. Komen Walk, and Family Sort Night at Second Harvest Food Bank.

“Spokane Gives is a focal point for businesses and individuals to address critical needs in our community,” said Kurt Walsdorf, Eastern Washington and Idaho State President for Bank of America. “That’s why Bank of America is committing $40,000 to six nonprofits focused on addressing workforce development and financial empowerment and our employees will volunteer more than 40 hours this month, with the goal of creating brighter economic futures for individuals and help build thriving communities.”

Bank of America is donating to:

  • Junior Achievement of Washington (Employees will also be volunteering more than 25 hours in six schools: Finch, Arlington, Westview, Bemiss, Cooper, and New Vision)
  • District 17 Community Colleges Foundation
  • North Idaho College Foundation, Inc.
  • Spokane Area Workfoce Development Council
  • YWCA
  • WSU Foundation
No-Li Brewhouse

No-Li Brewhouse has partnered with several nonprofit organizations in the past, and in 2016, the Brewhouse started LocALE Mondays. No-Li highlights a different Spokane neighborhood each month, and their staff donates their time to organizations within the selected neighborhood. Every LocALE Monday throughout that month, patrons will have the opportunity to collect a limited-edition, neighborhood pint glass as No-Li raises awareness and funds for local nonprofits. In April, Spokane Gives Month, No-Li is featuring the Garland District.

No-Li volunteers helped kick off Spokane Gives Month at High Bridge Park and also volunteered at the Guild School. On April 23, they will also be at Cleaning from the Corridor on Sprague Avenue. No-Li volunteers will be painting a fence and a building.

Staying true to its dedication to Spokane’s neighborhoods, No-Li supports a local business in each recognized neighborhood after each volunteer event. After the Guild School event, volunteers headed over for a toast with a pint at the The Brown Derby. After Cleaning from the Corridor, they plan on toasting at Benniditos.


STCU gives back to multiple local nonprofits throughout the year. On April 23, around 80 STCU employee volunteers and their friends and families will be participating in Cleaning From the Corridor in the East Central Neighborhood. Dozens of employees also will be giving their time throughout the month mentoring students, serving on boards and helping other nonprofits that speak to their personal passions. This year, STCU also donated $5,000 for the second year in a row to Spokane County United Way to fund Spokane Gives Mini-Grants.

STCU makes giving back a regular part of doing business. Every 45 days, their donations committee meets to review donation requests the credit union receives.

Spokane’s Amazing Community Partners!

These are just a few of the local businesses and organizations who step up to do great things for our community. Thank you to these businesses and others for being amazing community partners during Spokane Gives Month and year-round!

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