Avista Presents Gift to United Way 2016 Giving Campaign


Wayne A. Stevens

FOR RELEASE January 13 2017

Avista Presents Gift to United Way 2016 Giving Campaign

Juneau, AK – United Way of Southeast Alaska is pleased to receive a campaign gift from Avista, the parent company of Alaska Electric Light and Power (AELP). Jessie Wuerst Sr. Communications Manager of AVISTA and Tim McLeod General Manager AELP presented United Way of Southeast Alaska with a check for $2,000 in support of the organization and the work they do in the community. Avista and AELP employees continue their giving as a proud tradition. Avista and AELP have a deeply rooted belief in giving back to the communities they serve. The company encourages and supports employee volunteerism in the community.

“As the parent company of AEL&P, Avista is proud to be a partner in the Juneau community where organizations like United Way are making a real difference in the lives of residents,” said Jessie Wuerst Avista Senior Communications Manager. “As a convener, facilitator and supporter, United Way of Southeast Alaska has brought significant value to human care programs and services across the region.”

In accepting the gift, Mark Mesdag, Chair of the Board for United Way of Southeast Alaska noted the long time support of AELP and their employees, saying “it is the generous support of employees that allows United Way to fight for the health, education, and financial stability of every person in every community.  By bringing people together to help more Southeast Alaskans stay healthy, find good jobs, and increase their earnings, we’re improving individual lives and communities one at a time.“

United Way of Southeast Alaska’s campaign annually raises funds to support the United Way’s mission of improving lives and communities in Southeast Alaska as well as the work of our 35 partner agencies.

United Way of Southeast Alaska is a volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization that creates lasting change by bringing people and resources together to address community-wide issues.

UWSEAK is a member of the United Way Worldwide system that includes nearly 1,400 community-based United Way organizations.  Each is independent, separately incorporated, and governed by local volunteers.

For more information about United Way of Southeast Alaska or to find information about holding a workplace campaign at your business visit our website at www.unitedwayseak.org or call our offices at 907-463-5530.