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Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Spokane honored as the 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community by RRCA

Today, the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) announced that Spokane has been named its 2014 Outstanding Runner Friendly Community. The RRCA said that Spokane's amazing credentials, and ability to meet the award's criteria made it the clear choice for this award.

Gonzaga honored for civic engagement, community service

Gonzaga honored for civic engagement, community service

Gonzaga University has earned three prestigious awards for civic engagement and community service. The Seattle-based Raikes Foundation, the Jon C. Dalton Institute on College Values at Florida State University, and the Corporation for National and Community Service – a federal agency – all honored Gonzaga, and particularly its Center for Community Action and Service-Learning (CCASL) for exemplary mentoring, service and community engagement programs.

 

“These honors are especially meaningful as CCASL celebrates 20 years of providing Gonzaga students with formative service experiences while partnering with the community to help address critical needs,” said Judi Biggs Garbuio, vice president for student development. “The program has evolved to be a signature component of the Gonzaga experience for many students, and we know the impact on Spokane and other communities is considerable.”

Strideline knocks the (Spokane Skyline) socks off local charities

The Spokane office of Strideline, a Seattle-based sock company, is helping local charities—feet first. For the second year in a row, Strideline’s Spokane office, located in the east central community, recently donated $1,750 worth of its popular “Spokane Skyline” socks to the Spokane Midnight Basketball Association and another $1,395 worth of socks to the Tree of Sharing.Sam Talkington, Market Manager of Strideline’s Spokane office, says that these charities have special meaning for him.

Kids Day Downtown to embrace all things Seuss Dec. 13

Kids Day Downtown to embrace all things Seuss Dec. 13

In partnership with the Spokane Public Library and Riverfront Park, December 13 celebrates the kid in all of us as Downtown Spokane embraces all things “Seuss” this holiday season with a new, free, event for the young and young at heart.

Kicking off at 3:00 p.m., participants are invited to don their best Who attire and enjoy crafts and activities at the Downtown Library.

At 4:00 p.m. the “Who Parade” will make its way through Riverfront Park at the corner of Spokane Falls and Post Street. Those participating will enjoy the sounds of Christmas as the parade will be sound tracked by KISS FM. Following the parade, there will be costumes and prizes for the best individual, large group, small group, and “Who-rrific” costumes.

Wrap up an afternoon of fun by singing along to holiday songs and Seusstastic performances at the Rotary Fountain. This will be performed by students from Lewis and Clark High School, who will be earning their way to the Thespian Festival in Lincoln Nebraska next June. Participants can also enjoy some complimentary hot cocoa to warm up.

Avista Foundation eases the burden for locals in need

Avista Foundation eases the burden for locals in need

The Avista CARES Program has once again partnered with The Salvation Army of Spokane to help households in assistance with their utility bills, by making a $27,000 donation toward residences that receive a utility shut-off notice.

In 2014 more than 200 residences were able to keep their power through this partnership. Additionally, Avista made a $5,000 contribution toward the Salvation Army Warming Center, where homeless families and individuals go to stay warm at night. The warming center serves more than 100 people a night.

“We can’t thank Avista enough for what they do for us and for the community," said Community Services Program Manager, Cassandra Cram. "To be able to offer a program that allows struggling households to keep their power on is very special because it allows them a chance to get back on their feet, it’s a real blessing!”

Avista will present a check to the Salvation Army Wednesday, December 3 at 2:00 p.m.

Volunteers needed for Season of Giving Drive

Volunteers needed for Season of Giving Drive

Second Harvest Food Bank is looking for volunteers for the Annual Yoke's Season of Giving Drive Friday, December 12th, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m at area Yoke's Stores. 

12 Days of Giving launches in Spokane

12 Days of Giving launches in Spokane

The City of Spokane and its community partners launched the ’12 Days of Giving Spokane’ campaign Tuesday. Through the campaign, the city and its nonprofit service and corporate partners challenge businesses, organizations and individuals to give time, talent or treasures this holiday season.

The campaign is an effort to capture the momentum of the national ‘Giving Tuesday’ movement to make a local impact. Each day highlights a different area of need in the community along with various organizations citizens can connect with to get involved. Categories include giving assistance, food, mentorship, shelter, health, and more.