RICHMOND, Va., April 26, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Dominion will continue its 32-year legacy of celebrating volunteerism and community service during Benjamin J. Lambert, III, Volunteer of the Year events in Virginia and Ohio. The events will honor 18 outstanding employee/retiree volunteers whose efforts in 2015 brightened the lives of others and made lasting improvements in communities across the Dominion footprint.
"Last year, Dominion volunteers collectively contributed nearly 110,000 hours of time and focused on multiple good causes," said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "I salute our volunteers for stepping up and getting involved; for going the extra mile to enrich lives and make good things happen in their communities."
Hailing from Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and Wisconsin, the 2015 Volunteers of the Year will be recognized during awards ceremonies to be held in Akron, Ohio, on April 14, and in Richmond on April 26. As part of the awards, the company will donate $1,000 to each honoree's charity of choice.
Dominion volunteers dedicate their time and skills 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 benefited, including those working to revitalize communities, meet human needs, promote education and improve the environment.
In 2015, Dominion and its charitable foundation invested more than $23 million in programs that helped improve the quality of life for people in the communities where they work and live. Dominion's longstanding volunteer program was recognized with several awards, including the Commonwealth of Virginia's 2015 Governor's Volunteerism and Community Service Award and the Oil & Gas Industry Northeast Summit's Corporate Responsibility Award.
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. Dominion and the Dominion Foundation support nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, support education and promote community vitality. For more information about Dominion, visit www.dom.com.