School takes the summer off but hunger does not. For those in need a little compassion goes a long ways, no matter what time of the year it is. To help fight hunger in our community, Avista recently partnered with Generation Alive to package meals for the hungry.
"Moving a generation to act" is the tagline you'll see when you visit generationalive.org. Their website goes on to say, "Generation Alive is a movement of youth responding to needs around them wherever, whenever, however. Each year, GA works with both Spokane and San Francisco Bay Area public and private schools and churches, increasing awareness of needs in the community and providing youth with tangible ways to make a lasting impact." The opportunity to get involved isn't just for the kiddos, adults can get into the action too.
On June 21, at Cataldo Hall on the Gonzaga campus, Avista took the opportunity to support GA’s efforts and our neighbors. Employees packaged and boxed 12,000 meals, which were distributed to local area food banks who distribute them to those in need. Employees also heard the stories of those struggling from hunger and could see the impact of this important work. “As we worked as a team to fill each packet of food it became apparent how a little compassion can mean so much to those in need,” said Kevin Christie, Avista’s Vice President of Customer Solutions. "What started out as a volunteer and team building activity quickly became so much more."
Partnering with organizations like Generation Alive, who support and strengthen our communities, is a major priority for Avista, and it’s also part of the reason our employees donate close to 50,000 volunteer hours per year.