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.

Local Projects

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.

Companywide Projects

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.

2014 - Celebrating 30 years of Volunteer Service

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.

2013 Volunteer Projects
  • In fall of 2013 the Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment program is celebrating its 14th anniversary. Volunteers will complete 12 projects in seven states. Learn more.
  • In honor of the Memorial Day holiday, Dominion volunteers and The Dominion Foundation set aside Wednesday, May 22, 2013, to provide volunteers and monetary support to organizations that serve active military, veterans and their spouses and/or children. Learn more and view our video.
2012 Volunteer Projects
  • Beaches, parks, wetlands, bays, gardens and conservation areas benefited from the hard work and care of Dominion volunteers during the fall of 2012 Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment program. More than 450 volunteers and completed 16 projects in 9 states.
2011 Volunteer Projects
  • The fall of 2011 marks the 12th anniversary of Dominion's Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment program. More than 500 Dominion volunteers undertook 14 projects in 7 states. View our video for details.
  • Eight Clarksburg-area Dominion employees beautified the grounds of a Harrison County, W.Va., United Way agency on June 21, 2011. The employees from Dominion Transmission and Dominion Resources Services volunteered for the United Way Day of Action, an annual day mobilizing local volunteers to complete community service projects. Learn more and view photos.
  • Dominion helped the Virginia State Park system celebrate its 75th anniversary with a $150,000 donation from the Dominion Foundation and three days of volunteer work. View our video for details.
  • Dominion volunteers supported an Energy Fair on June 18 in Norfolk, Va., to highlight the availability of EnergyShare funding for cooling assistance and demonstrate ways to conserve energy and reduce costs.
  • On May 24, 2011, Dominion partnered with Habitat for Humanity of Summit County to build 25 raised "Community Gardens" beds in Akron, Ohio. Learn more and view photos. 
2010 Volunteer Projects

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.

Additional Information

For more details about Dominion's local and companywide volunteer projects, email us.

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