Investing in Communities
At Dominion Energy, we have a long tradition of putting goodwill into action. As far back as 1918, employees of Virginia Railway and Power Co. joined forces to package boxes of food and deliver them to families in need during the holidays. Today, our employees and retirees still take pleasure in giving time and money to the communities where we live and serve, and Dominion Energy takes pleasure in helping them do so.
Dominion Energy seeks to be a trusted, respected service provider and a permanent, positive fixture in the communities that we serve. To achieve this, we invest our time and funds to serve human needs, environmental stewardship and other worthy causes in the communities to which we belong. We demonstrate that we care about the communities we serve through charitable giving, energy assistance, volunteer activities and educational programs. We actively encourage our employees to donate their time and money to address community needs.
How We Performed:
In 2017, more than 640 employee volunteers completed 29 “Energizing Our Communities” projects in nine states. All told, our employees logged a record-setting nearly 125,000 volunteer hours to benefit our community partners. Dominion Energy and its Charitable Foundation contributed $20 million to charity and $8.8 million for energy assistance throughout our footprint and beyond. We matched nearly 5,000 gifts made by our retirees and employees that totaled $2.4 million. We increased our supplier diversity spending by 48 percent from 2013 through 2017. We held matchmaking events pairing local businesses with our employees to discuss supplier capabilities and upcoming opportunities.
|In support of our partnerships with small, local, and diverse businesses, we will conduct matchmaking events, pairing local businesses with our own employees, to discuss upcoming opportunities. We will continue to cultivate and expand relationships with local businesses and advocacy organizations to encourage economic growth in our communities.||We have held a number of matchmaking events pairing local businesses with our employees to discuss supplier capabilities and upcoming opportunities.|
|In 2018, we plan to invest more than $30 million (a 50 percent increase over our original target for the year) to support community needs in addition to encouraging and supporting employee volunteerism. Our goal is also to exceed 100,000 hours of employee volunteer time.||We are on course to meet or exceed these targets.|
Where We’re Headed:
In 2018, we plan to invest more than $30 million to support community causes. Our goal is to exceed 100,000 hours of employee volunteer time. We will continue to encourage and support employee volunteerism, and to host matchmaking events to discuss upcoming opportunities.
In support of our partnerships with small, local, and diverse businesses, we will conduct matchmaking events, pairing local businesses with our own employees, to discuss upcoming opportunities. We will continue to cultivate and expand relationships with local businesses and advocacy organizations to encourage economic growth in our communities.
In 2019, we plan to invest more than $30 million to support community needs in addition to encouraging and supporting employee volunteerism. Our goal is also to exceed 100,000 hours of employee volunteer time.
In 2019, our volunteers will weatherize 10 homes of veterans in need.
Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy is contributing more than $30 million in 2018 to community causes throughout its footprint and beyond. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is the philanthropic arm of our company. Its overriding purpose is to improve the physical, social, and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion Energy. The Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) charitable entity governed by a board of directors consisting of Dominion Energy officers and staff. A corporate group of regional Community Investment Boards advises the Foundation board, assisting with grant proposal reviews and making recommendations.
Here are some of the areas we focus on:
- Human needs grants that support increased food security, housing and shelter, and access to basic medical and health care.
- Environmental stewardship grants to protect natural resources and help non-profit organizations make efficient use of energy.
- Education grants to develop the capacity of the future workforce, especially in STEM and energy fields.
- Community vitality grants to foster an appreciation of diversity, revitalize neighborhoods and ensure a vibrant community through support of cultural endeavors.
Since 2015, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation has been awarding up to $1 million annually in targeted grants that address specific critical needs to 501(c)(3) nonprofits in communities served by Dominion Energy. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation will consider grant requests, up to $25,000 each, that support housing and shelter, access to medicine and medical services (including mental health services), or increased food security.
FutureHaus at Virginia Tech
In February 2018, the Foundation made a $150,000 grant to FutureHaus at Virginia Tech — a multi-disciplinary project that built a net-positive-energy solar house, which was later entered in an international competition in Dubai. The house, developed by 65 students from 14 disciplines, is made out of modular, pre-wired “plug-and-play cartridges” and includes other advanced home technologies such as voice-activated appliances and smart kitchen fixtures. The team from Virginia Tech — the only U.S. team included among the 22 universities from around the world that participated in the competition — took first place.
J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College
In May, the Foundation made a $250,000 grant to J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College to support need-based scholarships for public-housing and low-income residents of the East End community in Richmond, Virginia. The scholarships will enable students to attend Reynolds’ award-winning Culinary Arts program, along with other occupational and academic programs, developing a talent pipeline of skilled culinary and hospitality professionals critically needed in the Richmond region’s popular and rapidly expanding food and hospitality scene — which is expected to need 3,000 more workers in culinary and culinary-related fields annually in the coming years.
Renewable and Sustainability Projects
For years, Dominion Energy has been investing in environmental, renewable and sustainability projects by giving grants to support outside projects and by pursuing sustainability projects of our own. Those projects include everything from a $4,000 grant to support Kid Pedal Power at Greenwood Elementary School in Virginia to the 71-megawatt Solvay solar energy project that came online in December, 2017.
For a complete list of Dominion Energy’s renewable-energy projects, click here.
Dominion Energy’s formal community service program has thrived for more than three decades of volunteerism. Each year, the company sponsors one day of paid volunteer time for each non-union employee and encourages participation in company-sponsored volunteer events. Our goal is to exceed 100,000 hours of employee volunteer time. (In 2016 and 2017, employees logged more than 200,000 hours of volunteer time and participated in more than 60 employee-led “Energizing Our Communities” projects.) We focus on the things that matter most — protecting natural resources, investing in education, supporting veterans, and revitalizing neighborhoods.
Since the fall of 2000, Dominion Energy volunteers have participated in more than 275 employee-nominated and -led projects to support environmental efforts. Our volunteers have helped beautify parks, assisted with erosion-control projects, removed invasive species, cleaned rivers, replaced osprey platforms, restored greenhouses, built urban gardens, and much more.
Our volunteer efforts extend beyond the natural environment. Dominion Energy volunteers also have assembled and distributed emergency preparedness kits, installed access ramps for the disabled, and prepared and delivered meals to the home-bound.
In 2017, volunteers completed 29 projects in nine states. This involved more than 640 employee volunteers and $74,000 in funding from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.
A sample of our efforts:
- In Connecticut, Dominion Energy volunteers revitalized the main building exterior of the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center.
- In Pennsylvania, volunteers installed pathways to increase safety and reduce erosion and removed invasive plants at the Keystone Elk Country Alliance/Elk County Visitors Center.
- In Utah, volunteers built bird boxes to attract natural pest-control predators for the garden at the 9 Line Garden/Wasatch Community Gardens.
- In Virginia, employee volunteers tackled the trash at Great Shiplock Park in Richmond, a historic urban park along the north bank of the James River.
Those are just a few of the many ways Dominion Energy has tried to help improve our communities. Last year, employees who volunteered through the “Energizing Our Communities” program also planted shrubs and flowers at the St. Francis Home, an assisted-living facility in Richmond; restored a historic schoolhouse in Louisa County, Virginia; and helped turn a vacant lot into a mini-golf course in Rock Springs, Wyoming.
Dominion Energy sponsors two holiday light shows, both featuring LED lights that require less energy and shine more brightly. The Dominion Energy GardenFest of Lights at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden is one of the Richmond area’s largest holiday light displays. A similar display is held annually at the Norfolk Botanical Garden, and Dominion Energy, through its foundation, is the title sponsor.
Dominion Energy also hosts the Dominion Energy Charity Classic. Now in its third year, the Charity Classic features the top 72 players for the first playoff event in the bid for the 2018 season-ending PGA TOUR Champions Charles Schwab Cup. In addition to bringing exceptional golf to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Dominion Energy Charity Classic has given more than $600,000 to charities in our community including the Virginia Values Veterans (V3) program, a division of the Virginia Veterans Services Foundation, and the Richmond Fisher House, which provides lodging to the families of those being treated at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs hospital.