Community Vitality

Community Vitality

Dominion partners with organizations and invests in philanthropic programs that foster an appreciation of cultural diversity, help to revitalize our neighborhoods, develop community leadership, and support the cultural endeavors that give life to our communities.

Diversity – Celebrating Role Models and Building Partnerships

A commitment to diversity runs throughout our community investment programs, as well as in our work force and our business relationships. We support programs that emphasize inclusiveness and celebrate the value that people of different ethnic backgrounds bring to our communities.

Our longstanding “Strong Men and Women: Excellence in Leadership” series recognizes the achievements of outstanding contemporary African Americans and provides curriculum materials about their accomplishments to schools and libraries. In 2013, the program became part of a new partnership with the Library of Virginia’s Black History program. “Strong Men & Women in Virginia History” focuses on historical and contemporary African-American leaders in Virginia. The program is held during Black History Month and includes a student writing contest.

Through Dominion Foundation grants, we fund a variety of programs that highlight civic and educational leaders from many backgrounds and that bring diverse cultural offerings to the stage. We also strive to have an employee and supplier base that mirrors the diverse make-up of the customer base we serve. To that end, we seek out certified minority, female-owned, HUBZone and disabled service veteran-owned enterprises that are qualified to meet our needs and contribute to a healthy, competitive economic environment.

As part of our Supplier Diversity Program, we build and maintain relationships with diverse business, development and purchasing councils in the states where we operate. Dominion employees hold leadership positions on many of these councils.

Celebrating Unsung Heroes

Dominion partners with nonprofits to recognize individuals who are quietly making a difference – exerting a positive influence on the environment, education, regional collaboration, public safety and social justice in their communities. In Richmond, we partner with the Valentine Richmond History Center, and in Virginia’s Tidewater Region, with WHRO public television. We also recognize educators, partnering for example with the State Council of Higher Education in Virginia (SCHEV) to present the annual Outstanding Faculty Awards – the Commonwealth’s highest honor for faculty at public and private colleges, universities and community colleges.

High school students whose peaceful walkout in 1951 influenced major changes in education are honored in Farmville, Virginia. The Dominion Foundation was an early sponsor and a lead contributor in restoring the Robert Russa Moton High School as a museum and national Civil Rights landmark.

Since 1988, the Dominion Volunteer In The Arts (VITA) Awards Luncheon, coordinated by WQED Pittsburgh, has honored dedicated individuals who have given their time and talents to ensure that the arts thrive in the Pittsburgh region. Since its inception, Dominion has honored more than 200 volunteers from 161 arts organizations throughout Western Pennsylvania. Dominion provides a $50,000 annual grant to sponsor this awards program.

Community Impact Awards/East Ohio

Keeping communities strong is the goal of our longstanding partnership with Cleveland’s Inside Business Magazine. The Dominion Foundation awards a total of $100,000 annually in recognition of community organizations that have made major contributions to the economic and social revitalization of the communities within the Dominion East Ohio service area. Amounts range from $5,000 to $15,000. Nonprofits are featured in Inside Business Magazine for efforts as varied as community development and programs to attract and retain jobs in rural areas.

Each year's winners are featured in Inside Business Magazine.

Providing Shelter, Rebuilding Neighborhoods

Employees from every part of Dominion’s work force – power stations, field offices, line crews, and corporate staff – share a commitment to the communities where they live and work. Dominion actively encourages employee volunteerism and supports it through charitable grants from The Dominion Foundation. Safe, affordable, energy-efficient housing is a priority.

Each year employees donate thousands of hours of their time and skills to make home repairs for the elderly through Rebuilding Together with Christmas in April and to make first-time home ownership possible through Habitat for Humanity. Company-funded grants underwrite the cost of materials for the construction, weatherization and repair projects. 

Community Celebrations

Through grants large and small, Dominion supports a diverse array of cultural programs that are the heart and soul of our communities. In Pittsburgh we support the annual Dragon Boat Festival, the premier Asian heritage event in the region. In Clarksburg, West Virginia, we support the Scottish Heritage Festival. In Richmond we contribute to the Folk Festival, with its performances ranging from gospel choirs to traditional Cajun and Zydeco music, and audiences of some 185,000 during the October weekend. In Ohio, we celebrate the Asian New Year in partnership with Cleveland’s St. Clair-Superior Development Corporation. We make the arts accessible to children and families who could not afford it, through the Tickets for Kids Foundation in Pittsburgh. We underwrite such programs as the Latin Ballet and the Festival of India in Richmond to offer audiences an opportunity to experience the best of a multitude of cultures.

We bring bright lights to Central Virginia and the Tidewater area during the holidays through Dominion GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden in Richmond and Dominion Garden of Lights at Norfolk Botanical Garden. The displays feature miles of energy-efficient LED (light-emitting diode) strands in a spectacular show.

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