• Grants focus on a host of social and economic revitalization efforts, including the arts, health and human services and youth empowerment programs
  • It’s the 28th Year of Support for Ohio Communities

CLEVELAND, July 27 — The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is proud to announce new partnerships with 11 nonprofit organizations that have made significant contributions to communities across Ohio. The Community Impact Awards totaling $110,000 will support economic empowerment and social revitalization. Dominion Energy presented the grants as part of an awards ceremony today at The Cleveland Botanical Gardens. Cleveland Magazine is a proud cosponsor.

Since 1996, the program has awarded more than $2 million across Dominion Energy’s service area of Allen, Ashland, Ashtabula, Auglaize, Belmont, Carroll, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Guernsey, Hardin, Holmes, Knox, Lake, Mahoning, Medina, Mercer, Monroe, Noble, Paulding, Portage, Putman, Shelby, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas, Van Wert, Washington, Wayne and Wood Counties.

“It’s a pleasure to honor organizations that address community needs to lift individuals and families across Ohio,” said Dan Weekley, President & General Manager of Dominion Energy Ohio.

“This program has an highly competitive application process. We wish we could honor them all. We see firsthand that Ohio nonprofits are doing incredible work in our communities. Our sincerest congratulations to our award recipients who create vibrant communities for fellow Ohioans.”

Applications were open to eligible organizations in Dominion Energy Ohio’s service area. 2022 Community Impact Award honorees in Ohio include:

  • Akron: 2 honorees; $20,000 in grants
  • Canton: 2 honorees; $20,000 in grants
  • Cleveland: 5 honorees; $50,000 in grants
  • Lima: 1 honoree; $10,000 grant
  • Youngstown: 1 honoree; $10,000 grant

In Cleveland, the SuperHero Project uses the arts to empower youth with serious illnesses, disabilities and other complex medical needs. The Power Posters Program, recently featured in People Magazine, connected nearly 475 kids who were depicted as superheroes in their own stories. The program encourages them to dream beyond their diagnoses.

The Village of Healing (VOH) provided equitable and culturally sensitive health care for Black women in Cuyahoga County. The group was honored for opening the first and only OB-GYN clinic in the county with an all-Black provider care team for Black women. In five months, the team delivered care through more than 500 appointments. VOH envisions expanding into pediatrics and adding a second site in Cleveland.

Upcycle Parts Shop in Cleveland created an arts program to teach students how to design rapid prototype business plans to address social problems. Students made dog beds from used clothing, provided DJ services to schools with under-resourced music programs, built homes for homeless populations and more. Since 2019, Upcycle Parts Shop has offered this program to 17 elementary and middle schools and 18 high schools reaching more than 2,000 students.

Grace House Akron was honored for its compassionate program that provides end of life care to older adults with nowhere to go. The program focuses on basic physical needs as well as emotional and spiritual support for the area’s most vulnerable population. Volunteers provided more than 1,600 hours of care, allowing individuals to pass peacefully without financial barriers.

The Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation transformed a vacant, fire-damaged commercial plaza into a facility that houses three minority-owned businesses and five neighborhood-serving programs. Since its start, YNDC has rehabilitated 179 vacant housing units and 11 commercial properties, completed more than 2,000 owner-occupied home repairs, improved 569 vacant lots and assisted 475 residents with homeownership.

For more on charitable giving programs and a full list of recipients, visit Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

About the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
About 7 million customers in 16 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). Through its Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, as well as EnergyShare and other programs, Dominion Energy contributed $45 million in 2022 to community causes. The Foundation supports nonprofit causes that meet basic human needs, protect the environment, promote education, and encourage community vitality. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com to learn more. 

For further information: Stephanie Moore, communications consultant at Dominion Energy Ohio, 330-690-9422 or Stephanie.E.Moore@DominionEnergy.com