Dominion East Ohio has honored Pamela Dumire of Tallmadge as an Ohio Benjamin J. Lambert III Volunteers of the Year, which recognizes outstanding employee community service.

"I deeply admire what our volunteers do at Dominion. They lift our cities, communities and neighborhoods," said Jeff Murphy, Dominion East Ohio vice president and general manager. "They offer optimism. They commit acts of personal generosity. They set examples to others wherever we do business and define our company's values."

Dumire is a customer relations specialist at Dominion East Ohio's Integrated Service Center at Akron Eastwood Shop. Dumire has created a recipe -- in fact, she has written an entire cookbook -- for successful Multiple Sclerosis (MS) research fundraising, increasing public awareness and generating thousands of dollars for the cause in the process.

Over the past decade she has organized -- and stocked -- numerous bake sales, which usually generate hundreds of dollars per sale. In the coming year she plans to add yet another tasty item to her fundraising menu: a soup and salad sale.

The bake sale efforts, which were expanded to a total of seven Dominion locations, generated a grand total of $7,000, which Dumire recently presented to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, Ohio Buckeye Chapter.

Dumire also works with the Ohio Buckeye Chapter MS Society all year long to plan, organize and host the organization's annual Walleye Fishing Tournament fundraiser.

The Dominion Foundation is making a $1,000 contribution in Dumire's name to the.

Dominion volunteers dedicate their time to a variety of charitable activities -- from stocking food pantries to building outdoor classrooms, weatherizing homes to reading to children.

A wide range of nonprofit organizations have benefited, including those working to improve the environment, revitalize communities, promote education and meet human needs. For instance, since 2000 Dominion employees have tackled more than 200 environmental projects -- helping to beautify parks, clean rivers, replace osprey platforms, build urban gardens and more.

In 2016, Dominion and the Dominion Foundation contributed $26.6 million to charitable organizations helping to improve the quality of life in communities across the company's footprint.