RICHMOND, Va., April 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion is honoring its top company volunteers this spring by paying it forward with $1,000 donations to each recipient's charity of choice. Now in its 33rd year, Dominion's "Benjamin J. Lambert, III, Volunteer of the Year program" will recognize 12 individual employees from Ohio, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia whose volunteer efforts brightened the lives of others or made lasting improvements to communities in 2016.
In addition, all employees from Kewaunee Power Station in Wisconsin will receive a consolidated Volunteer of the Year award for outstanding group efforts during 2016.
"The work of Dominion's volunteers lifts our cities, communities and neighborhoods," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "Our employees offer optimism and exhibit personal generosity in the time they dedicate to helping others."
The 2016 Dominion Volunteers of the Year and their charities of choice are:
- Pamela Dumire, Akron, Ohio, Multiple Sclerosis Ohio Buckeye Chapter
- Barbara Gilliland, Woodbridge, Va., NOVA Pets Alive
- William Gwynn, New Canton, Va., Powhatan Volunteer Rescue Squad
- Jeff Heffelman, Dumfries, Va., SPARK
- Kewaunee Power Station employees, Carlton, Wis., Lakeshore Community Pantry
- John Marlow, Parkersburg, W.Va., Humane Society of Parkersburg
- Cathy Niedermayer, Richmond, Va., Friends United with the Richmond Shelter (FURS)
- Marty O'Baker, Alexandria, Va., Mt. Savage Volunteer Fire Company
- Shane Olson, Richmond, Va., National Multiple Sclerosis Society, MSRide 2017
- Anthony J. Perry, Cleveland, Ohio, Three Deuce Five Marine Foundation
- April N. Stephens, Cleveland, Ohio, Zane's Foundation
- Gary Venturini, Kittanning, Pa., Zachary's Mission
- Courtney Young, Norfolk, Va., Virginia State University Alumni Association
Dominion will pay tribute to its employees at Volunteer of the Year ceremonies in Richmond on April 24 and in Akron, Ohio, on May 4.
Dominion volunteers dedicate their time to a variety of charitable activities – from stocking food pantries to building outdoor classrooms, weatherizing homes to reading to children. A wide range of nonprofit organizations have benefitted, including those working to improve the environment, revitalize communities, promote education and meet human needs. For instance, since 2000 Dominion employees have tackled more than 200 environmental projects -- helping to beautify parks, clean rivers, replace osprey platforms, build urban gardens and more.
In 2016, Dominion and the Dominion Foundation contributed $26.6 million to charitable organizations helping to improve the quality of life in communities across the company's footprint.
Dominion (NYSE: D) is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy. The Dominion Foundation is dedicated to improving the physical, social and economic well-being of the communities served by Dominion companies. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and encourage community vitality. For more information, visit www.dom.com.
For photographs and details about the winners, please visit www.dom.com/VOTY.