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Dominion Energy's nonprofit arm presents grants to combat homelessness

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The Brookland Foundation, a community-based nonprofit serving the Columbia area, has received a $10,000 grant from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation to help fund its homeless outreach program, Project Open Arms.

The program assists people in Richland, Lexington, Kershaw, Calhoun, Colleton and Hampton counties.

Dominion also presented The Salvation Army of the Midlands with a $15,000 Critical Community Needs grant to support that organization's meals service to the homeless and hungry.

The Brookland Foundation estimates that 185 homeless adults and 40 children will be helped by the Open Arms program.

“Homelessness is a growing problem in many parts of South Carolina, especially the Columbia area. Sometimes these men, women and families just need help to get through the day,” said Juanita Farmer, Brookland Foundation development director, in a news release. “We are grateful to Dominion Energy to receive this grant, which will enable us to help even more people.”

The grants are the latest charitable contributions to S.C. organizations from the nonprofit arm of Virginia-based Dominion Energy, which is bidding to acquire troubled utility SCANA.  

Dominion gave $7,500 to United Way of the Midlands last November and $50,000 to the USO in December.

“Dominion recognizes many people in our communities struggle to afford the basics needed to lead secure, healthy and productive lives,” said Kristen Beckham, external affairs representative for Dominion Energy. “Dominion Energy’s grant to The Brookland Foundation will help those needs of food, shelter and healthcare.” 

Members of community can learn more about The Brookland Foundation at its 18th annual community health fair, to be held March 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Brookland Baptist Church.

Healthcare persons or businesses interested in participating as a vendor should call 803-261-4723 or 803-446-3260 by Feb. 28. Email hwguild@brookland.cc for a sponsorship packet.

Dominion is also accepting applications for its annual environmental education and stewardship grants. K-12 schools can apply for grants of up to $5,000 each for environmental education programs, while nonprofits can apply for grants of up to $25,000.

Eligible organizations in North and South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, Ohio and other areas within Dominion’s footprint have until Feb. 26 to apply. Recipients will be announced in April.

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