Dozens of Volunteer Opportunities Available for Xcel Energy Day Of Service

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MINNEAPOLIS (TBEN) – We are three weeks away from Xcel Energy’s Day of Service and TBEN-TV is one of the participating sponsors. There are 60 projects in Minnesota that need volunteers.

Sheliyah’s favorite part of her day is having meaningful conversations with the volunteers who come to work side by side with her. Mixing teens with professional adults is one of the goals of Cookie Cart in north Minneapolis and St. Paul.

“The most important thing is to give young people a safe and positive place to learn productive skills and connect with positive adults,” said Matt Halley, executive director of Cookie Cart.

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Cookie Cart gives teens their first paid job. On Xcel Energy’s Day of Service, Cookie Cart hopes a new variety of professionals will help bake and provide career advice. Volunteers will set up hairnets and then scoop dough and prepare cookies to bake.

The second volunteer project for Xcel’s Day of Service is with Great River Greening in the nature reserve in Chanhassen. Volunteers are going to plant flowers. The peaceful nature reserve in a popular suburb is highly commended.

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“These kinds of wetlands will hold back that water, so it won’t immediately flood the Mississippi River,” said Brad Gordon, an ecologist at Green River Greening.

Great River Greening needs the number of volunteers to grow so the space can do the same.

“They’re going to plant these prairie seed farms, so they’re going to restore the habitat, the ecosystem here,” Gordon said.

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This is the first year in Xcel Energy’s Day of Service history that it has been open to the public to participate.

“One of our core values ​​as a company is connection, and that connection extends into our communities,” said Emily Ahachich of Xcel Energy Minnesota.

There are projects for all ages, not just adults, in 30 cities in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin. Visit the Xcel Energy website to sign up.