Focus is housing/shelter, access to health care, and food security
in communities served by Dominion Energy
27 WV Nonprofits Recipients Announced
Clarksburg, W.Va. – Dominion Energy is once again starting the new year by awarding hundreds of critical community needs grants to help feed, shelter and care for people in need. This year, $1.6 million will be shared by more than 200 nonprofit organizations providing essential human services in 12 states. This is the fourth year the company has awarded more than $1 million to meet critical community needs.
“Each year we look at ways to support charitable organizations that work day-in and day-out to make a positive impact in our communities,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “These grants will help provide the food, shelter and medical care needed by many for a better life.”
In addition, SCANA companies that are now part of Dominion Energy awarded similar community needs grants of more than $186,000 in 2018 to 31 non-profit organizations in North and South Carolina for food, shelter and medical care.
Dominion Energy has pledged to maintain and expand charitable giving programs in regions of the Carolinas previously served by SCANA gas and electric companies. Dominion Energy and SCANA Corporation merged in early January.
In W.Va., the following 27 organizations will share nearly $175,000 as they strive to meet essential community needs:
Ø Big Creek People in Action, Inc. in War, W.Va. – providing critical housing rehabilitation needs for over 150 low income and elderly residents in McDowell County, an area with the lowest standard of housing in W.Va.
Ø Calhoun Family Resource Network in Grantsville, W.Va – meeting the daily nutritional needs of 120 elderly within the community.
Ø Catholic Charities West Virginia in Wheeling, W.Va. – contributing to food pantries in 14 counties, serving well over 11,000 individuals across the state.
Ø Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation Pennsylvania and West Virginia Chapter – sending 75 youth impacted by these conditions to a specialized camp to learn how to manage the illness, encourage self-confidence, promote independence and create peer relationships.
Ø Clarksburg Mission in Clarksburg, W.Va. – delivering nearly 300 childhood nutrition bags to school children during weekends and holidays.
Ø Community Enrichment Network, Inc. in Elk Garden, W.Va. – providing “Comfort Kits for Kids” with hygiene products, food and clothing for over 230 children in need.
Ø Covenant House, Inc. in Charleston, W.Va. – improving access to nutritious food, serving over 33,700 visitors a year.
Ø Doddridge County Family Resource Network in West Union, W.Va. – providing weekend backpacks filled with food for up to 170 children in need.
Ø General Federation of Women’s Clubs in Parkersburg, W.Va. – delivering food to 340 children to continue access to food on weekends.
Ø Health Access in Clarksburg, W.Va – working to establish dental health services to nearly 2000 low income adults in the community.
Ø Itman Food Bank in Mullens, W.Va. – expanding its “Grow Your Own” food source and independence program benefiting 100 families in southern W.Va.
Ø Lewis County Senior Center in Weston, W.Va. – delivering nutritious meals to seniors both at the center and those who are homebound.
Ø Marshall County Family Resource Network in Moundsville, W.Va. – supporting the Carolyn Dalzell Closet of Hope initiative, distributing health, hygiene, household and clothing items to an estimated 400 adults and children in need.
Ø Mountaineer Food Bank in Gassaway, W.Va. – benefiting its Project Harvest program, providing fresh produce to West Virginians suffering from food insecurity impacting nearly 10,000 children and adults.
Ø Nazareth Farm, Inc. in Salem, W.Va. – improving substandard housing in Doddridge, Harrison, Ritchie, and Tyler counties, impacting the homes of 125 children and adults.
Ø Nicholas County Family Resource Network in Summersville, W.Va. – supporting its “Just a Lift Up” program, working with families to secure housing for over 300 children and adults.
Ø North Central West Virginia Community Action Association, Inc. in Fairmont, W.Va. –supporting the nearly 300 individuals living in Marion County that are experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Ø Pricetown VFD in Weston, W.Va. – supporting over 120 families with its food pantry program.
Ø Rea of Hope Fellowship Home, Inc. in Charleston, W.Va. – supporting women through educational counseling on job readiness, interview skills, permanent housing, and transportation.
Ø Scott’s Run Settlement House, Inc. in Charleston, W.Va. – providing food pantry services benefiting nearly over 8,600 people and life skills resources.
Ø The Foundation of Monongalia General Hospital in Morgantown, W.Va. – supporting the Tucker County Regional Health Fair, where close to 800 attendees receive low cost preventative health screenings, basic medical care and health awareness resources.
Ø Tucker County Family Resource Network, Inc. in Parsons, W.Va. – providing kid-friendly food packs each weekend throughout the school year to over 135 students.
Ø United Way of Harrison County in Clarksburg, W.Va. –supporting Homes for Harrison’s commitment to securing food and housing for those in need including homeless seniors and veterans.
Ø United Way of Randolph County in Elkins, W.Va. – assisting elderly, at risk and impoverished children and adults with basic needs.
Ø Wood County Senior Citizens Association in Parkersburg, W.Va. – supporting its Meals on Wheels program, benefiting 150 homebound senior citizens each day.
Ø Wyoming County Family Resource Network, Inc. in Rock View, W.Va. – supporting over 100 families with basic infant care support items such as formula, diapers, car seats and educational resources.
Ø Youth Services System, Inc. in Wheeling, W.Va – preventing and responding to youth homelessness through educational support, life skills training, and connecting participants with resources benefit nearly 300 participants ages 17-21.
Tucker County Back Pack Buddies is in its fifth year. The program started with a small grant from the Tucker Community Foundation and donations from local citizens. FRN works in close partnership with Mountaineer Food Bank to purchase low cost, kid friendly foods. Students at all three schools are served including the preschool at the BOE Annex. When the program started five years ago it served around 38 children. Today it serves 136 children which is more than a 60% increase over the time period. FRN uses funding from the program to provide emergency food assistance for families upon requests/referrals made by teachers, school staff and administration.
This school year the program has distributed over 3200 weekend feeding packs to families and provided emergency food to over 20 local families in crisis and hpes to provide the food packs through the summer months to children participating in the Energy Express program.