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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... [read more]
Approximately 1,400 households in the greater Twin Cities transition from homelessness to stable housing each year, yet lack necessary items to make a house a home. Join United Way as we Unite to Fuel Change by providing 850 Welcome Home kits full of essential household items to individuals and families moving into stable housing.   You can support local families through November 3   •Volunteer at home. Assemble Home Essential Packs or make tie-fleece blankets •Host a product drive, Seta goal and rally your coworkers, family and friends to collect essential household supplies... [read more]
We regret to inform you that the 2020 CVC-TC Annual Celebration, scheduled for October 1st, has been canceled. Due to the uncertainty of the fall, and out of an abundance of caution for the health of all attendees, we believe an in-person event is not the right approach at this time. We’re planning for an even bigger celebration in 2021 when we can all come together safely. We appreciate your understanding and support. Our theme for this year was Heroes Through Service and while we all cannot be together; we hope to provide an opportunity for you to recognize the heroes in our communities.... [read more]
The Twin Cities Community Rebuilding Coalition began when HandsOn Twin Cities, Heart of America, Rebuilding Together, and Tree Trust came together to support rebuilding efforts. The partnership has now expanded to include community, economic, nonprofit, association, and city organizations. We recognize that the work to heal and rebuild areas impacted by civil unrest is complicated and requires a cross-sector, multifaceted approach.   Our Twin Cities collaboration is focused on building better than before, in a way that recognizes Minnesota’s long history of racial injustice in... [read more]
After months of adapting to the global pandemic and civil unrest we know that many people are feeling anxious, exhausted, and maybe even a bit of compassion fatigue. Simultaneously, nonprofit here in our community are facing significant challenges and are doing amazing work to meet the tremendous needs of our community.   To highlight these needs HandsOn Twin Cities has created a nonprofit social media spotlight to show you first-hand what organizations are going through. Local leaders share how their work has changed, what their most significant needs are right now, and how you can... [read more]
We invite you to join our national day of “virtual volunteering,” in observance of “9/11 Day,” the federally-recognized September 11 National Day of Service and Remembrance.   Help generate more than one million self-directed acts of service and good deeds on September 11, 2020, to help those in need, especially those most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. These impactful good deeds are easy for you to do individually or with your family and friends right at home. There’s no cost to participate and most of our good deeds do not require a financial contribution.   9/11 Day At... [read more]
Thank you to the 16 Corporate Members and 8 Associate Members who completed our first “Pulse” survey. We will be sharing results as we all continue to navigate through the fall. If you have ideas for survey questions for either corporate or associate members please submit them to bshimshock@fmsc.org. Corporate Results What type of volunteer opportunities is your company currently offering: 56% in person 56% contact less 88% virtual How many volunteers is your company looking to place per opportunity: 50% 15+ 12% 10-15 31% under 10 Is your company encouraging volunteerism outside of... [read more]
The General Mills Day of Courageous Action took place Friday, June 12, as a day to make a positive change in the community and further Allyship journeys in light of the recent events. All General Mills employees were encouraged to take part in a way that is meaningful to them, whether it be volunteering in their community, donating to a nonprofit or having courageous conversations with their friends and family. In partnership with HandsOn Twin Cities, more than 300 employees at our World Headquarters, including Chairman and CEO Jeff Harmening, came together to provide donations and assemble... [read more]
Employee ingenuity, a few 3D printers, and a simple piece of plastic are making a big difference in keeping Xcel Energy employees and frontline health care workers safe and comfortable during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Wearing surgical masks all day can cause discomfort around the ears so three nuclear employees wanted to find a way to make this discomfort go away. They found a solution with a simple plastic extender that’s made with a 3D printer. This small piece of plastic connects to a mask’s elastic bands and the ear discomfort is completely gone. Using one company 3D printer, and... [read more]
by Amy Podlesak   It’s no secret… a LOT has changed over the last three months as the coronavirus pandemic suddenly shut down “normal” daily life. As we all shift priorities, adapt to new routines, and navigate the challenges we face, one thing has remained constant—our desire to help our community. As Minnesotans, we are proud of the philanthropic, community-centric values that we embody locally. This continues to shine through as our colleagues and neighbors band together to lift one another up during a difficult time.  Our CVC-TC members bring this passion to life everyday... [read more]

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