Dominion gives $1 million to community organizations that provide housing, food and healthcare

dominion1Dominion Resources announced Monday that it is providing $1 million in grants through its charitable foundation to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across 12 states this holiday season. Donations will be shared by 119 non-profit organizations that are providing essential community services in areas of housing, food security, medicine and medical services. The Critical Community Needs grants will be awarded by the Dominion Foundation.

“The grants will support proven programs that provide the basic necessities we all need to survive and thrive, such as safe shelter, nutritious meals and medical care,” said Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and CEO. “These essential programs strengthen the fabric of our communities by improving lives and providing hope for people in need.”

Among the grant recipients:

  • A $5,000 grant to Family Promise of Greater Cleveland to guide families from homelessness into stable housing by guiding them through the process of securing and budgeting for affordable housing.
  • A $10,000 grant to Local Food Hub in Charlottesville, Va., for its “Fresh Farmacy,” a partnership with three health clinics to provide families with a “prescribed” supply of fresh fruits, vegetables and eggs, along with recipes and educational programs to encourage healthy home cooking.
  • A $5,000 grant to Neighborhood Health Services in Alexandria, Va., for its mobile health unit, the “WOW Bus,” which brings professional dental care to children in the Alexandria City Public Schools.

Eligible organizations in targeted areas of Connecticut, Maryland, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island,South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia and other areas within Dominion’s footprint were encouraged to apply for grants of up to$50,000 each. More than 250 applications were considered, with selections made based on an organization’s demonstrated ability to serve communities, meet basic human needs, and prevent future need for assistance.

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