“United Way applauds Dominion for its company-wide commitment to supporting local communities,” said Brian Gallagher, president and CEO of United Way Worldwide. “The company and its employees have put their energy and resources to good use and are improving lives.”
In 2010, Dominion and its philanthropic arm, The Dominion Foundation, granted $24 million in 14 states, including supporting United Way of Southeastern Connecticut’s heating assistance program and food center. Dominion also provided $4.5 million in EnergyShare heating and cooling assistance.
Last year, Dominion employees volunteered 150,000 hours, a 20% increase over 2009. Dominion’s focus on supporting the communities it serves is clear:
- Employees participating in the Speaker Bureau program spoke at 91 different schools and civic organizations in 2010
- the company created STEM endowments for New England public schools, including “Worm World” outreach;
- Dominion sponsored a 120-foot-long learning barge, a one-of-a-kind solar and wind-powered floating classroom
- Dominion piloted a new higher education grants program in Virginia that focus on work-force development. The program has been expanded to 10 states for 2011.
Dominion also is a leader and key sponsor of United Way of Greater Richmond & Petersburg’s Women’s Leadership Initiative, in which 75 Dominion employees are members who support childcare centers
“We are pleased that United Way once again is recognizing Dominion with the prestigious Summit Award. Dominion and our employees believe we should serve the communities where we live and work through volunteerism and supporting education, the environment, human services, the arts and other philanthropic endeavors – such as United Way,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer.
The United Way Spirit of America® and Summit Awards program, now in its 24th year, is United Way’s highest national honor for a corporation, recognizing the United Way Global Corporate Leadership company with the most comprehensive commitment to improving lives and strengthening communities. Applicants are evaluated by corporate peers, labor representatives and local United Ways.