Ecova Receives Award at Spokane Appreciation Dinner

Sarah Gardner

Ecova was recently honored by The Spokane Guilds’ School & Neuromuscular Center (SGS&NMC) with a corporate partnership award. Jeni Murphy, Senior Energy Procurement Manager at Ecova and long time supporter of the school accepted the award on behalf of Ecova.
ecova-receives-award-at-spokane-appreciation-dinnerJeni is one of several Ecova volunteers who has consistently donated time at the facility as well as hit the streets collecting pennies for the Guilds’ annual penny drive in 2012 and 2013. Another Ecova volunteer, Kris Brill, Senior Client Service Executive, has served on the School’s Board of Directors for four years and will be Board President starting in September.

The SGS&NMC began in 1960 when a group of women volunteered their time to care for children with developmental disabilities and their families at a time when children with disabilities were still commonly institutionalized. Today the Guilds’ school serves 200 children and their families each year, age birth to three, regardless of gender, race, religion, or ability to pay. Funding for these services comes entirely from community support and government programs.

No other organization in the Spokane community has the holistic approach to kids and their families in supporting a member that has special needs. Approximately 20% of the kids served by the Guild School do not need any additional services after they graduate. However, due to resource issues, the SGS&NMC is only able to serve 30% of the children who are eligible and in need of their services. Support can be given through financial gifts or participation in their fundraisers.

Pictured above: Laura Silkworth and Jeni Murphy of Ecova.

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