Dominion Celebrates 30-Year Legacy of Volunteers Serving Neighbors, Improving
-- Honoring 30 individuals and group initiatives as 2013 Volunteers of the
-- Celebrating 30-year anniversary of corporate volunteer program
-- Donating $30,000 on behalf of honorees' charities
RICHMOND, Va., April 30, 2014
RICHMOND, Va., April 30, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Thirty years of growth, goodwill
and giving to neighbors will be celebrated this month as Dominion marks the
anniversary of its corporate volunteer program. The company will pay special
tribute to 30 current individual or group volunteer initiatives during its
30^th Anniversary Volunteer of the Year Celebration.
"Over the span of three decades, Dominion volunteers have established an
extraordinary legacy of helping those in need – working one-on-one or in teams
to brighten the lives of schoolchildren, the elderly and the poor," said
Thomas F. Farrell II, chairman, president and chief executive officer. "In
some cases, projects that were intended to last one day have endured for well
over a decade – and are still going strong."
Hailing from Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania,
Virginia and West Virginia, the 2013 Volunteers of the Year will be recognized
at awards ceremonies in Richmond, Va., Akron, Ohio, Lusby, Md., and Waterford,
These Dominion volunteers dedicate their time and skills to an array of
charitable activities -- from mentoring children to serving meals for seniors,
from refurbishing abandoned cemeteries to teaching military veterans how to
fly-fish. A wide range of nonprofit organizations has benefited, including
those working to revitalize communities, meet human needs, promote education
and improve the environment.
Among this year's winners are seven honorees selected for lifetime achievement
oJeff Angeletti, Dominion East Ohio, Canton, Ohio, has spent nearly two
decades helping to renovate and rebuild houses for low-income, elderly,
veteran and physically-challenged homeowners. What started for Angeletti
as a handful of "Christmas in April" home renovations in 1996 has grown
into a board chairmanship role with the Akron "Rebuilding Together"
chapter, which serves more than 300 homeowners a year.
oLola Ausby, Dominion North Carolina Power, Roanoke Rapids, N.C., has spent
decades as a volunteer working to better her community of Garysburg, N.C.
Ausby has served as a Garysburg town commissioner every year but one since
1984, declining to accept the stipend that accompanies the position. She
also serves as mayor pro-tem, finance officer and budget officer. In her
spare time, Ausby has served 35 years as a firefighter and secretary with
her local fire department, and is active with her church as well.
oJoann Ball, Dominion North Carolina Power, Kitty Hawk, N.C., has served as
the point person for local Dominion volunteer projects for more than 30
years. Whether she's organizing a fundraiser for March of Dimes,
purchasing Christmas gifts for needy children or rallying employees to
repair the storm-damaged home of a coworker, Ball is the 'go-to' volunteer
to get things done in Kitty Hawk.
oBob Doniel, Dominion Virginia Power, Fredericksburg, Va., excels in
organizing volunteer projects that have left a positive mark in Virginia.
Doniel coordinates a massive effort to lay wreaths at Arlington National
Cemetery each year. He also spearheaded an employee/Boy Scout contingent
to eradicate invasive tree species at Mason Neck State Park in Lorton, and
is a project leader for Dominion's annual "Putting Our Energy to Work for
the Environment" program.
oElsie Harris, Dominion Virginia Power, Virginia Beach, Va., lives out her
commitment of cheerful service in her community each day. From donating
and collecting school supplies and clothing, to visiting nursing home
residents, to planning a major landscaping project at a local school,
Harris is there to help when needed. Harris also is a strong youth mentor
who has opened her doors and sheltered many young people who are homeless
oPhyllis Hinterer, Dominion Energy, Weston, W.Va., is passing on her love
for the fun learning and leadership experiences of the 4-H club. Hinterer
contributes thousands of hours as a 4-H leader, using 200 hours of
vacation time each year to volunteer at the West Virginia State Livestock
Roundup. She has earned 4-H All Star recognition for her service to the
organization and the young people it serves.
oMelinda Whitehead, Dominion East Ohio, Akron, Ohio, was inspired by her
father to give the gift of time to people in need. She has been involved
with projects to renovate a resident for formerly homeless veterans, to
landscape parts of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, distribute backpacks
with school supplies to needy students, and more. She also coaches an
inner-city girls' soccer team and works with Boys and Girls Clubs.
In 2013, Dominion and Dominion's charitable foundation and employees invested
nearly $20 million and 100,000 volunteer hours in programs that help improve
the quality of life for people in the communities where they work and live.
Dominion, headquartered in Richmond, 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 Foundation support nonprofit causes that
meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education and
encourage community vitality. For more information about Dominion and the
Dominion Foundation, visit www.dom.com.
Note to Editors: For photographs of the winners, please visit
https://www.dom.com/about/media-downloads.jsp. To learn more about the winning
volunteer projects, go to
To learn more about Dominion's volunteer programs, go to
Contact: Janell Hancock, 804-771-6115, Janell.M.Hancock@dom.com; Charles Penn,
703-796-9308, Charles.Penn@dom.com; Bonita Harris, 757-857-2700,
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