As an energy supplier, Dominion is part of people’s lives every day. Service is rooted deeply in our core business, and helping those in need during tough economic times is important to us. Our charitable contributions are often combined with volunteer projects to meet essential human needs for warmth, energy-efficient shelter, food, and access to medicine and basic health care.
For nearly three decades we have sponsored the EnergyShare program to heat the homes of those facing financial hardship during the cold winter months. Over the years, as the company grew from its Virginia and northeastern North Carolina roots, the program expanded to include citizens in eastern Ohio. It also grew to include cooling assistance during hot summer months. In other areas where Dominion has business interests – New England, the Midwest and the Mid Atlantic – grants are made through the Dominion Foundation to a variety of heating- and cooling-assistance funds managed by social service charities or state agencies. Examples include Dollar Energy Fund in West Virginia, Operation Fuel in Connecticut, Rhode Island Good Neighbor Energy Fund, North Shore Community Action Programs, Inc., in Massachusetts, and the Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund.
During uncertain economic times, more and more people turn to food pantries and soup kitchens. Through an initial $1 million donation, the Dominion Foundation helped to stock food banks in 14 states with more than 21 million pounds of food and grocery products. Efforts to alleviate hunger continue through donations to individual organizations and through Dominion employee efforts. Volunteers give generously of their time to stock shelves and conduct drives to collect canned goods.
Combining both charitable grants and volunteer assistance, Dominion works with Agencies on Aging and other community-based groups to install energy conservation measures at the homes of seniors and those in need. Weatherization measures may include installing attic and sidewall insulation, sealing and insulating ductwork, repairing or replacing heating systems, and installing water conservation measures and replacing incandescent with compact fluorescent light bulbs.
We support affordable housing initiatives such as Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity by directing Dominion Foundation grants to energy-saving measures.
High unemployment and a rising number of uninsured workers have left many without medical coverage. In response, Dominion made an exceptional grant of more than $1 million for free clinics and health centers that serve the poor and working poor. In all, 104 organizations in 14 states received grants ranging from $5,000 to $25,000. Grants funded prescription medications, doctor exams, laboratory work and diagnostic tests.
Through its regional Community Investment Boards, the Dominion Foundation continues to review and award grants for critical health and dental care for the medically underserved.
Dominion supports the long-term health of the communities where we work by giving generously to United Way. United Way is an expert on human services and works to change systems that will make a difference for all of us. Their programs create opportunities for a quality education that leads to a stable job, enough income to support a family through retirement, and good health. The Dominion Foundation and Dominion employees together contribute some $3.5 million annually to United Way campaigns throughout more than a dozen states where we have business operations.
When hurricanes, floods, tornadoes and other natural disasters strike, The Dominion Foundation works with such organizations as the American Red Cross, United Way and the Salvation Army to provide relief in areas where Dominion operates.