Dominion employee volunteers set a high standard for community service. They teach us what it means to look beyond individual job responsibilities to the larger needs of society.
In recognition of our volunteers’ exceptional commitment to improve the communities where they live and work, United Way Worldwide awarded Dominion a prestigious 2011 “Spirit of America Summit Award,” one of the organization’s highest national honors given to a corporation.
Supporting & Recognizing Our Volunteers
Our Volunteer Leave Time Policy provides full- and part-time non-union employees with 8 hours of paid time off each year to pursue volunteer activities of their choosing. This is above and beyond any company-sponsored volunteer projects they may participate in. Volunteer project hours are recorded in the company’s volunteer database for documentation purposes.
To pay tribute to our volunteers’ outstanding work in the community, we hold an annual recognition banquet in Virginia and Ohio. Since 1986, close to 300 Dominion employees have been honored by their peers as “Volunteers of the Year.” Each year, 13 employees are chosen by a panel of community leaders for their exemplary community service. Dominion makes a financial contribution in the name of the award winners to a charity of their choosing.
Putting our Energy to Work
Dominion’s signature volunteer initiative is “Putting Our Energy to Work for the Environment.” Every year in the fall, employees armed with shovels, rakes and paint brushes repair and improve parks and other public spaces in their communities.
In 2011, more than 500 Dominion volunteers in seven states worked on 14 environmental projects – building picnic tables, clearing trails, restoring signage and painting classrooms, among other things. In some communities, local officials and citizens showed their appreciation by working side-by-side with our volunteers.
Putting our Energy to Work, 1999-2011
Supporting our Troops
Dominion’s Troop Support program began in 2006 when an employee in our nuclear division decided she would rally her fellow employees to support American soldiers in Iraq as a way of celebrating Armed Services Day. What started six years ago as a local initiative in Richmond has now spread to Dominion office locations in 13 states and the District of Columbia.
In 2011, employee volunteers filled almost 1,700 care packages to send to five battalions serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, one hospital in Afghanistan and more than 100 Dominion employees serving abroad. The boxes included such things as blankets, sheets, bath towels, toiletry items and powdered beverage mixes. Employees also wrote letters to send along with the packages thanking our servicemen and women for their courage and sacrifice.
In conjunction with Veteran’s Day, the Dominion Foundation donated $250,000 to organizations in six states that assist wounded troops and their families. Grants covered such things as rehabilitative services, workforce development and training programs and transitional housing for homeless veterans.