Dominion President and CEO Thomas F. Farrell, II, (3rd from left) lends a hand with volunteers in Northern Virginia.More than 100 Dominion volunteers pitched in to help the environment on Sept. 23, 2009, with weatherization and park cleanup projects in Richmond, Northern Virginia and the Charlottesville area.
The projects were part of the company's 10th annual "Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment," volunteer campaign. Since 2000, more than 5,000 company employees have devoted 50,000 hours assisting 134 parks and environmental agencies in states where Dominion does business.
All in all, Dominion volunteers contribute about 100,000 hours annually — the equivalent of about $2 million in volunteer labor — in service to the communities where they work and live.
The projects included:
- In Northern Virginia, about 100 volunteers worked with the Prince William county Park Authority and the Prince William Trails and Streams Coalition to prepare Silver Lake Regional Park for an Oct. 4 grand opening. The volunteers assembled picnic tables, built sheds and kiosks, painted and prepared campsites and trails.
- In Richmond, company volunteers weatherized a house selected by ElderHomes Corp., a partner on the project with Dominion. Volunteers and energy conservation specialists insulated ductwork, weather-stripped doors and installed socket gaskets, blew insulation into outside walls, installed energy-efficient CFL light bulbs, conducted a blower door test and measured results.
- In Charlottesville and Louisa, two additional houses were weatherized in conjunction with a United Way Day of Caring project.