Energy, Utilities & Water  January 27, 2023

Xcel Energy Foundation awards $20,000 to A Precious Child

BROOMFIELD — Xcel Energy-Colorado has donated $20,000 to A Precious Child, a Broomfield-based nonprofit that assists children and families facing difficult life challenges.

The grant was made as part of the Xcel Energy Foundation’s 2022 Employee Choice Grant Award, with A Precious Child receiving the most votes from Xcel Energy-Colorado employees. Each year, employees nominate nonprofits for the award, and all employees statewide then vote for a single finalist. 

“Xcel Energy coworkers are passionate about community service and supporting organizations that make a difference. We were delighted to receive over 70 nominations for this year’s award and know this grant will support A Precious Child’s ability to make an even greater impact on the lives of those in need,” Robert Kenney, president of Xcel Energy—Colorado, said in a prepared statement. “I’m very proud to work alongside colleagues who donate their time, treasure and talent to organizations they truly believe in.” 

A Precious Child assists children and families facing challenges such as abuse and neglect, crisis situations and poverty. The organization estimates that almost 250,000 children in the Denver metro area live below the Colorado Self-Sufficiency Standard.

A Precious Child works with more than 500 agency partners in eight counties — including Adams, Arapahoe, Boulder, Broomfield, Denver, Douglas, Jefferson and Weld — to identify children and families in the most need of services. Services include child and family advocacy, family stability, supporting academic success, addressing social and emotional well-being and workforce development. 

“A Precious Child aims to provide youth in need the opportunities and resources they need to thrive in the community and the workforce. We thank Xcel Energy for their continual support in helping us work toward our mission of empowering kids to succeed,” said Courtney Wickberg, chief communications officer at A Precious Child. 

Xcel’s Employee Choice Grants began in Colorado in 2015, with more than $300,000 in grants awarded to nonprofit organizations in the state.

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