As a company, we have a long history of giving back to the communities we serve. For us, it’s personal. That’s why we’re committed to doing everything we can to help during this unprecedented global crisis.
We’re dedicating the $20 million net gain from the sale of the Mankato Energy Center to short- and long-term corporate giving efforts. This will include COVID-19 relief across the eight states we serve.
The Xcel Energy Foundation is dedicating an initial $100,000 to support 15 local food banks across the communities we serve. The money provides relief from food scarcity for low-income children and families, including those affected by COVID-19. We also donated 1.5 million LED light bulbs to food banks in Minnesota.
So far, we’ve donated more than 300,000 protective face masks and other protective equipment to local hospitals and relief organizations. And, employees are using a 3D printer to make 2,000 ear protectors per week. The small pieces of plastic, donated to frontline health care workers, help relieve the discomfort caused by wearing surgical masks all day.
A $300,000 COVID-19 Disaster Response Matching Gifts Campaign tripled employees’ contributions to eligible nonprofits, resulting in more than $450,000 in donations to nonprofit organizations, communities, and philanthropic causes. We’re also providing employees with paid time off to volunteer virtually—sewing masks for donation, providing virtual tutoring and mentorship and helping older adults shop online.
We know that our communities will face more challenges as we continue to fight this pandemic. We’re always here—working hard to keep the lights on and the natural gas flowing, and ready to support the communities we are honored to serve. We’re all in this together and will continue to pitch in to find effective ways to help and reach out to the friends, neighbors and the communities we serve.
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