Dominion Energy Gives to Non-Profit Groups

Photo by Scott McCloskey Representatives from three area non-profit agency’s were on hand Friday to accept a $5000 donation each on behalf of their organization from Dominion Energy. Participating in the check presentation are from left: Youth Services System representatives Betsy Bethel-McFarland and Pam Jeffers, Marshall County Family Resource Network representatives, Stacey Dei and John Gruzinskas, Dominion Energy External Affairs Representative Christine Mitchell and Catholic Charities CEO Beth Zarate.

Three area nonprofit organizations will be able to further meet critical needs of community members in need, following a generous donation to each agency from Dominion Energy Thursday at the Catholic Charities West Virginia Wheeling office.

Catholic Charities West Virginia, Marshall County Family Resource Network and Youth Services System, Inc. were each recipients of $5,000 grants from Dominion Energy’s Charitable Foundation. The donations were made in recognition of the work that each organization provides to meet critical needs of people in the community.

“Through these three grants, we are pleased to support worthy non-profits as they meet the critical needs of community members living in northern West Virginia,” said Dominion Energy External Affairs Representative Christine Mitchell. “As a public service utility, we are encouraged by the work these groups are doing to serve those experiencing hunger, homelessness, and limited access to basic needs.”

Mitchell said each year Dominion Energy donates about $1.4 million from the company’s critical needs initiative to non-profits which assists families throughout sixteen states with basic human needs like: food, water, shelter and access to medical and dental care.

Representatives from all three organizations expressed gratitude for the generous donations and explained how the funds will assist each organization.

Youth Services System, Inc. Communications Manager Betsy Bethel-McFarland said the funds will go towards assisting vulnerable youth and adults in the area.

“We will be using part of the funds for our transitional living program which gives shelter, food, and services to youth aging out of foster care or are in danger of becoming homeless,” Bethel-McFarland said. In addition, she said part of the funds will be used for the YSS Winter Freeze Shelter that runs from December through March for the local homeless population.

Catholic Charities CEO Beth Zarate said they are extremely grateful for the generous donation, especially during the winter months, when their clients are greatly in need of their services. She said it will help assist the agency’s meal delivery program for the disabled and vulnerable elderly residents who are home bound.

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