East Ohio honored for commitments to Latino Community
CLEVELAND, January 25, 2013: The
Centers for Families and Children (The Centers) today met
with The Dominion Foundation to thank the organization
for its financial contribution and ongoing support of its El
Barrio Workforce Development Center. The $10,000 donation
supports El Barrio’s work with Cleveland’s Latino population in
workforce development and jobs readiness programs.
The Dominion Foundation is the
philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources, one of the
nation’s largest energy producers, and parent company to
Dominion East Ohio.
“Dominion’s continued generosity
and support have been crucial to El Barrio’s ability to grow and
broaden its job training services, which directly improves the
lives of so many living in poverty in our community,” said
David Doll, Board Chair for The Centers. “As strong
community stewards, the company understands that job placement
and diversity are both pivotal to strengthening our economy.”
In 2012, The El Barrio Workforce
Development Center secured more than 376 jobs for its clients
and also received the award for “Midwest Affiliate of the Year”
for its work in progressing the lives of Hispanic Americans by
The National Council of La Raza (NCLR).
Dominion East Ohio has been a
founding contributor to El Barrio and since 1996 has donated
$145,000 through the Dominion Foundation. And the support does
not stop there. Dominion employees also are equally as committed
to the cause.
“Not only has Dominion provided
financial support, but also in-kind support and employee
volunteers. Kevin Dobbins, Human Resources Manager for Dominion
spends one morning a month teaching a class on job skills
training, while, Dominion’s assistant general counsel, Lessie
Jones has also served on the board of the Center for
Families and Children for several years. We have enjoyed an
incredible partnership with this fine community organization
that is providing well-meaning services to the Hispanic
community,” she added.