Avista Energy Fairs — Coming Soon!

Avista 2015 Energy Fairs:

  • September 30, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Millwood Community Center
    3223 N. Marguerite Rd., Spokane
  • October 6, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    West Central Community Center
    1603 N. Belt St., Spokane

Avista employees and community service providers will be on hand to answer questions about the following:

  • Energy Efficiency – Low-cost and no-cost efficiency demonstrations for solutions like rope caulking, door sweeps and window plastic. Free samples will be handed out.
  • Bill Assistance – Avista customer service representatives can answer billing questions, provide information about payment options and refer to energy assistance programs. Participants can also learn how to use Avista’s free online Bill Analyzer.
  • Community Resources – Avista and community service partners will be on hand to answer questions about energy assistance, weatherization and other topics.

Parking is free and there will be complimentary food and beverages, door prizes and activities for the kids at most locations. Questions? Contact: Avista Outreach at 509-495-8024 or by email at: avistaoutreach@avistacorp.com

The Gathering Place is Hiring!

The Gathering House Café has a position open for a paid 15-20 per week barista and coffee shop sales

No previous experience is needed. There is a 3-7 day training period for the candidate accepted. Must be outgoing and somewhat friendly. We are a faith based non-profit, looking for people coming out of the department of corrections, or someone who has completed a drug/alcohol rehabilitation program, or is coming from generational poverty culture. We are looking for a person who demonstrates some self-reliance and needs or wants another chance to restart life by getting some needed experience and training. If you know of anyone whom you would recommend – then please have them drop by The Gathering House on Monday-Friday between 11am and 2 pm to pick up an application.

For further questions or information please contact Tonia Bryceson 925-594-0236

Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP) ends 8/31

From WashingtonLawHelp.org:

Info about Lifeline: Free Cellphones or Landline Discount

The Washington Telephone Assistance Program (WTAP) ends on August 31, 2015.

Without WTAP, your home phone is going to cost a lot more.

You have two options:

  1. Lifeline gives a $9.25 monthly break off a landline. Get an application for Lifeline for your landline from your current telephone company.
  2. Sign up for a free cell phone through Lifeline. You can get the $9.25 monthly break off a landline or a free cellphone. You can’t get both.

Who is eligible for Lifeline? People who get:

  • Medicaid
  • Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (Food Stamps or SNAP)
  • Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
  • Federal Public Housing Assistance (Section 8)
  • Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF)
  • National School Lunch Program’s Free Lunch Program
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance
  • Tribally-Administered Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TTANF)
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • State assistance programs (if applicable)
  • Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
  • Head Start (if income eligibility criteria are met)

Info about free cellphones is at: freegovernmentcellphones.net