Xcel Energy serves hundreds of cities and towns throughout their service territory, and for over a decade, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado has been a proud community partner. Xcel Energy has supported BBBSC with over $400,000 in grants from the Xcel Energy Foundation as well as employee volunteerism, employee contributions, corporate matching gifts, United Way campaigns and event sponsorships.
Together, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Colorado and Xcel Energy take a collaborative approach to enhancing one-to-one mentoring with STEM education and STEM activities. Xcel Energy supports the STEM enhancement of our Team Big! program providing 4-6 STEM events throughout the year. We are especially grateful that Xcel Energy was the inaugural sponsor of the BBBSC STEM Career Day in 2015 which now annually provides an opportunity for Little Brothers and Little Sisters to learn about STEM careers and participate in hands-on STEM activities. Matches who attend the event rotate though various stations and participate in different hands-on STEM related activities, demonstrations, and experiments. It is a fun day of playing, learning and exploring and in the process our Littles are exposed to the careers paths in science, technology, engineering and math that are available to them.
Additionally, Xcel Energy leaders serve on the Board of Directors and help provide strategic direction and volunteer their time as mentors to ensure BBBSC one-to-one mentoring continues to impact children by improving sense of self and future, improving relationships, improving attitudes towards school and academic performance, and helping kids avoid delinquent behavior. Xcel Energy employees also participate annually in agency events including the Big Shots Gala, Bowl for Kids’ Sake and the Sanctuary Golf Classic that provide ongoing support of our mentoring program.
We’d also like to provide a special recognition to our Xcel Energy employees who dedicate their time as mentors, Board Members and volunteers. Thank you for volunteering your time and energy with BBBSC:
- Jonathan Adelman, Board of Director
- Tyler Smith, Associate Board of Director and Big Brother
- Marvin McDaniel, Volunteer and Alumni Board of Director
- Michael Gersack, Volunteer
- Darla Figoli, Volunteer
- Ray Huang, Big Brother
- Mike Finkowski, Big Brother
- Jennifer Elling, Big Brother
Thanks to Xcel Energy for your continued support of our Community Mentoring and STEM programming. We are appreciative of all you do for BBBSC and look forward to STEM Day in November!