Minneapolis–-Dec. 21, 2016-– In this season of giving, Xcel Energy’s commitment to communities shines through as employees volunteered more than 20,000 hours and donated more than $3 million to support local nonprofits this year. Xcel Energy Minnesota employees and families also volunteered an additional 2,000 hours packing food for families, filling backpacks with school supplies for low income students , and painting, cleaning or doing yard work as part of the company’s annual Day of Service.
In addition to matching these employee contributions dollar-for-dollar, nearly $4 million in nonprofit grants were awarded by the company’s foundation nationwide, with about half that amount supporting the work of 250 Upper Midwest organizations.
“Our nonprofit partners work every year to meet the needs of the community while making every dollar count,” said Chris Clark, president, Xcel Energy-Minnesota. “They balance countless demands and determine the best way to use contributions in their communities. We thank them for all they do.”
The Xcel Energy Foundation promotes the company’s primary focus areas of:
One grant recipient that exemplifies the kind of work the foundation supports is Cookie Cart, which provides Twin Cities teenagers with the work, life and leadership skills needed to be successful in school and in their careers with hands-on training in its urban nonprofit bakery.
In addition to financial support, Xcel Energy volunteers mentor and conduct mock job interviews with Cookie Cart teens.
“Xcel Energy employees really stepped up to work one-on-one with teens at Cookie Cart,” said Matt Halley, executive director, Cookie Cart. “They focused on connecting with teens as they develop communication, critical thinking and interpersonal skills that are critical for success personally and professionally.”
Additional information about the Xcel Energy Foundation, including the grant application process, can be found at: https://www.xcelenergy.com/community/focus_area_grants.
*Note the numbers above are estimates for 2016 as additional donation and volunteer information may be reported this month.
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