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Dominion Energy gives to Habitat for Humanity

Dominion Energy presented Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley with a $5,700 check Wednesday morning to help fund a home being built on south side in Parkersburg. (Photo by Candice Black)

PARKERSBURG — Dominion Energy presented Habitat for Humanity with a $5,700 check Wednesday morning to help fund a home being built on south side.

“The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation is honored to support Habitat for Humanity of the Mid-Ohio Valley as it provides safe, warm homes to families in our service area. We are inspired by their commitment to our neighbors and commend their diligence to meet the housing needs of those great in need,” Christine Mitchell, Dominion’s external affairs manager, said in a press release.

Habitat for Humanity is working on its 106th house with two more planned for this year. Those numbers jumped in 2016 when Habitat merged with Washington County, according to Alvin Phillips, executive director.

Along with the south side home, the other two homes in the works are in Williamstown and the Veto area, Phillips said. The next home is hoped to be in Marietta, the first since the merger, he said.

“We’re really excited to partner with Dominion,” Phillips said.

Habitat acts as its own bank to give the families mortgage loans with zero percent interest. They also ensure the homes are energy efficient by installing insulated panels.

It also helps to build credit for the homeowners, Phillips said.

The home on south side will be for a single mom and her son.

A board for the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation allocates donations to nonprofit 5013c corporations.

“We started looking at the mission for Habitat for Humanity. Some of our guys have been involved in the past. It’s just to help them build strength and stability for families in the areas we operate in and help with their mission,” Jason Harshbarger, Dominion Energy state policy director, said.

The charitable foundation focuses on four main charitable areas: education, environmental, community vitality, and critical community needs, Mitchell said.

“This is the second year in the past five years that we’ve given to the Mid-Ohio Valley Habitat for Humanity,” Mitchell said.

Online applications through the charitable foundation can be found on dominionenergy.com.

Candice Black can be reached at cblack@newsandsentinel.com.

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