Xcel Energy provides energy that powers millions of homes and businesses across eight Midwestern and Western states, including Minnesota. The company is recognized as an industry leader in delivering renewable energy like wind and solar to reduce carbon and other emissions.
Xcel Energy’s history with CVC-TC goes back to its creation. Ceace Haagensen, former volunteer coordinator for Xcel Energy, played an integral role in its initial establishment. The companies and nonprofit organizations that are a part of CVC-TC are doing great work throughout the communities Xcel Energy serves. Xcel Energy has found great value in working together and establishing a network across those companies and nonprofit organizations.
In 2017, employees and retirees gave more than 24,000 volunteer hours in support of nonprofit organizations across Minnesota. Xcel Energy’s largest volunteer event of the year is its Annual Day of Service, which is coming up on Sept. 8, 2018. In 2017, the company hosted projects at 26 nonprofit organizations and welcomed over 600 volunteers from across the state during the Day of Service. The result was more than 1,800 hours of volunteer service with a volunteer value of over $42,000, all in one day. (Points of Light) Here is a video featuring highlights of the 2017 Day of Service.
Xcel Energy gains support for its community engagement programs in several ways. First and foremost, involvement in the community is engrained in the company’s culture. With roots going back more than 100 years, its employees are aware of the needs of their communities and are motivated to give their time, money and expertise to continue making them stronger.
Company leadership also plays an integral part, establishing a platform for employees to give back to their communities in meaningful ways. Employees receive 40 hours of Volunteer Paid Time Off each year for volunteer events that take place during the work day. For volunteer events that occur outside of normal business hours, the company donates $10 per hour to the nonprofit organization where the employee volunteered. Xcel Energy also supports employees who give financially, doubling their impact through its Matching Gifts program.
There is a lot of great work happening across the Twin Cities. CVC-TC provides a platform for companies and nonprofit organizations to come together, collaborate and continue supporting and building a strong community and Xcel Energy is proud to be a part of that work.