As part of its ongoing commitment to communities, Dominion Energy is jump-starting the new year with more than$1 millionin Critical Community Needs grants to help feed, shelter and care for people in need across the company’s footprint. Donations will be shared by 161 nonprofit organizations providing critical community services in 11 states.

Astate-by-state listingof all recipients andvideosshowing how programs are helping people in need are posted online.

“While many of us look forward to a new year, we recognize that many people in our communities struggle to afford the basics needed for a secure, healthy and productive life,” saidHunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “These grants will help fill critical needs for nutritious food, safe shelter and the medical care essential for a better future.”

This is the third year that the company has given more than$1 millionin Critical Community Needs through its charitable arm, the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

Examples of grant recipients include:

  • SMILE (Service Makes Individual Lives Exciting) Lusby MD $ 10,000
  • Farming4Hunger Prince Frederick MD $ 10,000
  • Project Echo Prince Frederick MD $ 7,000
  • St. John Vianney Prince Frederick MD $ 8,000
  • Community Life Center of Southern Calvert Solomons MD $ 5,000
  • ForKids Inc.ofNorfolk, Va., for expanding educational services and supporting homeless children and families in theHampton Roadsregion.
  • Meals on WheelsofChesapeakefor delivering meals and helping keep seniors healthy, safe and independently living in their own homes.
  • Mobile Hope AssociationofLoudounfor providing homeless youth with emergency housing, basic needs, financial assistance for schooling and life skills training.
  • Neighborhood Resource Center of Greater FultoninRichmondfor serving neighborhood children and families with its garden, kitchen and food pantry.
  • GreenUrban Lunch BoxofSalt Lake City, Utah, for its Back-Farms project connecting low-income, elderly homeowners with garden apprentices who help them convert surplus backyard space into productive urban farms.
  • Operation Warm, Inc., for providing brand-new winter coats toWest Virginiaschoolchildren in need.
  • St. Clair Superior Development Corporation ofCleveland, Ohio, for its efforts to reduce lead poisoning by educating residents on safe removal of toxic paint from their homes.