USO South Carolina received a $50,000 grant from Dominion Energy to help support three of its USO programs around the state.
“The USO connects service members to family, home and country,” said Joanie Thresher, director of USO South Carolina. “Thanks to the generosity of Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the USO South Carolina will be able to grow our programs and connect thousands of service members to the people and things they love most.”
- Operation Read and Feed, which offers deploying service members a barbeque lunch along with the opportunity to record themselves reading their child’s favorite story and having the video shipped home during their deployment.
- Holiday Holdover at Fort Jackson, which features events and shows from the community for service members unable to go home for the holiday.
- Operation Snack Attack, which provides tastes of home to service members visiting each of the USO South Carolina centers.
“Many of our brave servicemen and women begin their military careers in South Carolina and have a continued presence in our state throughout their military service,” said Kristen Beckham, external affairs for Dominion Energy. “Dominion Energy and the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation are pleased to support the USO’s efforts to provide and expand important safety nets and comfort for active military and veterans.”
Dominion Energy is a power and energy company headquartered in Richmond, Virginia. It supplies electricity to parts of Virginia and North Carolina as well as natural gas to parts of West Virginia, Ohio, Pennsylvania and eastern North Carolina.
Dominion is one of three companies Gov. Henry McMaster has approached as a possible buyer of state-owned utility Santee Cooper, saddled with millions of dollars in debt from the abandoned V.C. Summer nuclear reactor project. In late October, an unnamed out-of-state utility submitted a proposal to buy the utility. A sale must be approved by the S.C. Legislature.
Dominion is also the primary developer of the $5 billion Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a natural gas pipeline with a planned 550-mile route through Virginia and North Carolina. In September, Dan Weekly, Dominion’s vice president and general manager of Southern pipeline operations, told an audience at the South Carolina Clean Energy Summit in Columbia that “everybody knows” the pipeline is not going to end at its projected stopping point in Lumberton, N.C.
“We could bring in almost a billion cubic feet a day into South Carolina,” Weekly said, according to an audio recording obtained by The Associated Press.