Giving back to Colorado communities is the heartbeat of Xcel Energy. Whether it’s through volunteering their time, donating to causes they care about, or using their talents to make a difference, their employees go above and beyond every year. This year, they have done even more by increasing their impact in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Xcel Energy Foundation invested $1.2 million through its focus area grants, with 12 going to Pueblo and Southern Colorado organizations, including the Pueblo Symphony, the Pueblo Zoological Society, Pueblo Community College Foundation, Alamosa Live Music, the Sangre de Cristo Arts and Conference Center, amongst others. Xcel Energy has been a longstanding partner with Pueblo County United Way; last year our southern Colorado employees, combined with a $1 for $1 company match, contributed $122,000 to Pueblo County United Way and other community nonprofits.
The company and Foundation also allocated an additional $96,000 to support existing nonprofit partners experiencing a financial strain due to the pandemic. Earlier this year, their employees contributed more $147,000 to 115 Colorado nonprofits through the company’s 2 for 1 disaster relief matching gifts program. They also donated $105,000 to statewide COVID-19 relief and $28,800 to food banks across the state. For their annual Day of Service this September, they partnered with the Center for American Values and other community agencies to provide food boxes for 800 veterans in eight southern Colorado counties.
Xcel Energy is also a founding member of the Pueblo Economic Development Corporation and holds an elected position on the executive board as well as being a member of several chambers, civic and economic development organizations throughout Southern Colorado.