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March 5, 2012

Dominion helps to grow Seedlings For Schools program

Dominion's John Firth presents check to WFEEF.

Dominion's John Frith, center, presents a $5,000 check to WFEEF's (from left) Vern Ross, Executive Director; Janet Nyce, President of the Board of Directors; John Blaschak, Vice President of the Board of Directors; and Russ Schleiden, Chairman.

Dominion awarded $5,000 to Wildlife for Everyone Endowment Foundation (WFEEF).  This grant will support the Seedlings for Schools Program, which provides seedlings to more than a thousand schools across Pennsylvania.

“Dominion is privileged to support WFEEF,” said James C. Mesloh, Executive Director of the Dominion Foundation.  “We are particularly interested in funding action-oriented projects that help preserve the environment and wildlife in Pennsylvania.  This program will send thousands of seedlings to participating schools in time for Arbor Day.  Each student will receive either a silky dogwood or white pine seedling to plant at home or in the community.”  The grants were made through the Dominion Foundation, the company’s charitable arm.
Vern Ross, Executive Director of WFEEF, said: “Dominion’s support will serve as a model for other companies to help support Pennsylvania’s environment.  This grant will help us educate youth on the importance of trees to the environment.”

WFEEF supports Pennsylvania’s environment through wildlife scientific research, wildlife education, land preservation, and youth programs.

Dominion, its charitable foundation and its employees last year donated $24 million and more than 150,000 volunteer hours in programs that helped improve the quality of life for people in the states in which Dominion operates.  The Dominion Foundation’s focus areas include preservation of natural resources, work force development and education, diversity initiatives, neighborhood and community development, and basic needs for food and shelter.

Dominion is one of the nation’s largest producers and transporters of energy, with a portfolio of approximately 28,200 megawatts of generation.  Dominion operates the nation’s largest natural gas storage system and serves retail energy customers in 15 states.  For more information about Dominion, visit the company’s website at www.dom.com

WFEEF is a non-profit conservation organization established to conserve the birds and mammals of Pennsylvania, and the ecosystems in which they live.  For regular updates on WFEEF, visit the organization’s website at www.wildlifeforeveryone.org

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