Xcel Energy supports over 40 local nonprofits across Minnesota

by Sam Holsen, Xcel Energy

A pandemic is not slowing down Xcel Energy’s efforts to give back to the communities it serves. Over the weekend on Friday, September 11 and Saturday, September 12, nearly 1,000 Xcel Energy employees put their good energy into action and volunteered their time in support of over 40 local nonprofit partners, including CVC associate partners, People Serving People and Second Harvest Heartland, as part of the company’s Day of Service.
Volunteer events this year included a food distribution, in partnership with the Latino Economic Development Center that supported over 400 families in East Saint Paul with fresh produce from local Hmong and Latino farmers, restoring veteran homes in Saint Paul with the Minnesota Assistance Council for Veterans (MAC-V), planting trees and pollinators with Great River Greening, Mississippi Park Connection, St. Paul Parks and Minneapolis Parks, and building and cleaning up playground spaces with Hallie Q. Brown Community Center and Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

Additionally, Xcel Energy partnered with CVC partner organization, HandsOn Twin Cities, to provide their employees with 250 “Project-in-a-Box” kits that were packed and donated to nonprofits across Minnesota, as well as supplies for 500 snack kits that were packed and donated to YouthLink in Minneapolis.

These volunteer events looked a little different, with safety as the top priority. Xcel Energy provided personal protective equipment (PPE) for all volunteers and nonprofit staff. All events were limited to shifts of 10 people or less, with required safety protocol in place that included, wearing a mask, maintaining social distance and sanitizing often. 

The Day of Service is a part of a larger campaign called “Putting Good Energy into Action”, in partnership with WCCO and MPR that is meant to highlight elevated community needs due to the pandemic and the unrest that followed the tragic death of George Floyd. Below are a few of the stories from WCCO highlighting Hallie Q. Brown Community Center, People Serving People, and The Sanneh Foundation.