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Our teams of employees engage in hundreds of opportunities year-round that support building strong and vibrant communities through volunteerism. From mentoring youth and donating food to the hungry, to building homes and planting trees, we encourage our employees to get involved in support of activities and causes that inspire them.

More than 44,680 volunteer hours were donated in 2018 to Minnesota nonprofit organizations and causes. We are inspired to give even more in 2019.

Focus on Education

education program volunteersIn 2018, we provided more than $600,000 in grants and sponsorships to education programs in Minnesota, and our employees engage in those programs too. Our employees gave thousands of hours in support of education programs in 2017, to organizations like Step-Up Achieve, BestPrep, STARBASE MN, Junior Achievement, World Savvy and many high school and middle school programs across the Twin Cities.

Making a Sustainable Impact for Families in Need

habitat for humanity It is crucial for families to have their basic needs met, like shelter, food, and much more, so each individual has an opportunity to thrive. That is why we are motivated to continue giving thousands of hours in support of organizations that focus on basic needs like Habitat for Humanity, People Serving People, Bridging, The Link, Second Harvest Heartland and so many more.

Annual Day of Service

Our Annual Day of Service brings together employees, family members and friends to volunteer on a wide range of projects, making a difference across numerous communities.

We had more than 800 volunteers supporting 29 projects across Minnesota during our 7th annual Day of Service. This effort resulted in more than 2,400 hours of service to our communities...not bad for a day's work.

Angel Tree Toy Drive

Our employees gave thousands of toys during our 2017 Season of Giving campaign. These toys went to The Salvation Army's Angel Tree program, and will help ease the stress of the holidays for the families who receive them. because of our employees' generosity, thousands of less fortunate children had a meaningful and special holiday season.

Retiree Volunteers

Every year, hundreds of our retirees and their spouses are active in our local communities. Our retirees make up 10% of our volunteer base every year. These volunteers have:

  • Helped hundreds of visually impaired individuals through our Kitchen Appliance Marking Program (KAMP).
  • Built homes and restored furniture through Habitat for Humanity and Bridging.
  • Knitted, tied and crocheted thousands of blankets, hats, mittens and many more in support of Twin Cities Kids In Need and The Ronald McDonald House.
  • And so much more.

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Veteran Support

Gov. Mark Dayton proclaimed Xcel Energy as a Yellow Ribbon Company on Sept.25, 2017. A Yellow Ribbon Company unites all key areas within a company structure to create a comprehensive network to proactively support service members and military families.

We are one of the nation's top veteran hiring companies and our employees also support them through volunteering and financial sponsorships. From placing flags at Fort Snelling on Memorial Day and visiting veterans at the VA hospital to providing care packages for those serving overseas, we are focused on supporting our veterans and thank them for their service.

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Community Events

Our employees are also active in a variety of community events, such as, Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy, the Minneapolis Downtown Council's Holidazzle Village, the St. Paul Winter Carnival, The Twin Cities Marathon and many more.

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