Grant will fund Families Helping Families holiday initiative and the Weekend Backpack food program.
December 20, 2018
Columbia, SC --- The Palmetto Project has received a $3,000 Critical Community Needs Grant from Dominion Energy to support its work with families in South Carolina’s Midlands.
The Dominion Energy grant will assist the Palmetto Project with two programs. The first one is Families Helping Families, a holiday assistance program the Palmetto Project and WIS-TV developed in 1991. Since it began, Families Helping Families has become the largest Christmas program in the Midlands, supporting those in need in four counties: Richland, Lexington, Newberry and Fairfield. This year, the program is assisting more than 3,400 income-verified applicant families and senior citizens (totaling 9,274 individuals) with clothing, food, books and toys. Families are chosen for the program by social service agencies and must be at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty guideline with children under 18 living in the home.
Along with Families Helping Families, the Dominion Energy grant also will provide funding for the Weekend Backpack program, which the Palmetto Project developed after recognizing a need to provide nutritious food to Richland County students from low-income families. A high percentage of these students qualify for free and reduced lunches.
“Dominion Energy is committed to helping ensure people in our communities have the basics needed for a secure and healthy life,” said Kristen Beckham, external affairs representative for Dominion Energy. “During this holiday season, we are thrilled to partner with the Palmetto Project to make a difference in the lives of thousands of children and families in the Midlands.”
About the Palmetto Project
The Palmetto Project believes healthy families, engaged young people, and vibrant schools are cornerstones of effective communities. The organization’s initiatives provide thousands of vulnerable families with connections to social service agencies, support services, food, and even Christmas presents. In addition, its evidence-based programs in early literacy and campus violence have translated into greater school readiness among the state’s youngest learners as well as safer, more inclusive schools for South Carolina’s teenagers.
About Dominion Energy
Nearly six million customers in 19 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D). The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable, and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with over $80 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution, and import/export services. As one of the nation's leading solar operators, the company intends to reduce its carbon intensity 50 percent by 2030. Headquartered in Richmond, Va., Dominion Energy contributes more than $20 million annually to the communities it serves and actively supports veterans and their families. Please visit www.DominionEnergy.com, Facebook or Twitter to learn more. Or, to find out about Dominion Energy’s proposed merger with SCANA, visit www.DominionEnergySouth.com.