Volunteering is at the heart of Dominion’s community programs and is deeply embedded in our company’s history. Archival documents indicate that, as far back as 1918, employees of Virginia Railway and Power Company joined forces to package boxes of food and deliver them to needy families during the holiday season. Today’s employees continue to embody that spirit – a longstanding tradition of community service that few companies can match. Dominion has had a formal program for three decades, with strong management support.
Dominion volunteers work in teams to support their hometowns in countless ways – installing insulation in drafty homes and making repairs for the elderly, stocking the shelves of food banks, and helping schools by painting and completing maintenance projects. Dominion’s Volunteer program is grassroots-based, and employee teams at virtually every company location evaluate requests from community organizations and determine which projects to support.
As individuals, employees are also active leaders in their communities, serving on boards of non-profit organizations, mentoring young people, and leading community civic activities. Dominion supports employees through both leave time and matching funds. Corporate policy gives salaried employees paid time off to participate in volunteer activities of their choosing. And The Dominion Foundation matches employee charitable giving to a range of organizations, up to $5,000 per employee annually. The program includes a special two-for-one match for an employee’s gift, if the employee is an active volunteer or serves on the board of an eligible charity.
A series of focused volunteer projects takes place each year. Employees have rolled up their sleeves to weatherize homes for the needy, build nature trails in parks, clean up waterways, construct access ramps for the handicapped and paint and repair school facilities. Working with community partners, employees organize the work, and The Dominion Foundation pays for supplies and materials. Local employee volunteer councils work with parks, zoos, schools, shelters and other environmental, educational and housing organizations to choose the projects each year.
To learn more about the dozens of communities that have benefitted from volunteer projects, click on the links below.
The year 2014 marks the 30th anniversary of our corporate volunteer program, and we are honoring special people and remembering special times. Over the span of the past three decades, Dominion volunteers have established an extraordinary legacy of helping those in need – working one-on-one or in teams to brighten the lives of school children, the elderly and the poor. In some cases, projects that were intended to last one day have endured for well over a decade – and are still going strong. In other words, our volunteer program has been built to last.
In 2010 Dominion volunteers donated at company record of 150,000 hours of service to their communities.
As part of the "Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment" campaign, now in its 11th year, Dominion employees completed 14 projects in 9 states where the company does business. They built classrooms, planted trees, spruced up historic properties, and much more. Get details and view a video, or view our news release.
Dominion honored 13 employees in six states as Volunteers of the Year for their selfless acts of kindness in 2010. See photos of the winners.