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Dominion celebrates 30-year legacy of volunteerism

6/12/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

AKRON — This year, Dominion Resources is marking the 30th anniversary of its corporate volunteer program. The company is paying special tribute to 30 current individual or group volunteer initiatives, including five Dominion East Ohio employees, during its 30th Anniversary Volunteer of the Year Celebration.

In 2013, Dominion and Dominion’s charitable foundation and employees invested nearly $20 million and 100,000 volunteer hours in programs that help improve the quality of life for people in the communities where they work and live, according to company officials. Local Dominion East Ohio Employees of the Year, with information provided by the company, are:

  • Marge Cestoni, business performance consultant for contract services at the company’s Springside Drive office in Bath, has worked with a variety of community leaders, school officials and political leaders in a wide range of volunteer activities. As an example, for many years Cestoni has coordinated a team of fellow Dominion volunteers to raise money, purchase gifts and wrap and package them for delivery to participating families in the Stark County Community Christmas Adopt a Family program.
  • Curt Grimes, a gas safety and training specialist at the company’s Wilbeth Road shop in South Akron, volunteers hundreds of hours with the Cuyahoga Falls City School District. In 2013, he grilled thousands of concession stand hot dogs, rebuilt a concession stand and chauffeured foreign exchange students on their annual Florida trip. He began volunteering with the Cuyahoga Falls Athletic Booster Club in 2003, remaining active even though his own student athlete graduated in 2007. He also serves on the chain gang for football home games.
    As part of the 30th anniversary celebration, Dominion has named several previous Volunteer of the Year award winners as Lifetime Achievement honorees, including these Ohio employees:
    √ Jeff Angeletti, of Dominion East Ohio’s Gas Supply Operations in North Canton, has spent nearly two decades helping to renovate and rebuild houses for low-income, elderly, veteran and physically challenged homeowners. What started for Angeletti as a handful of “Christmas in April” home renovations in 1996 has grown into a board chairmanship role with the local Rebuilding Together chapter, which serves more than 300 homeowners a year.
  • Melinda Whitehead, of Dominion East Ohio’s Springside site, was inspired by her father to give the gift of time to people in need, according to company officials. She has been involved with projects to renovate a residence for formerly homeless veterans, to landscape parts of Cuyahoga Valley National Park, distribute backpacks with school supplies to students in need and more. She also coaches an inner-city girls’ soccer team and works with the Boys & Girls Clubs.
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