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Xcel Energy Foundation awards education, environment grants to area nonprofits

AMARILLO, TX (KCBD) -

From Xcel Energy Foundation:

The Xcel Energy Foundation is awarding $221,000 in grant funding to 31 nonprofit groups in Texas and New Mexico.

The grants are being made through the Education and Environment focus areas of the Xcel Energy Foundation, which awards funding to nonprofit groups working in towns and cities served by Xcel Energy.

"Communities that value education and the environment are healthy communities," said Riley Hill, president and CEO of Southwestern Public Service Company, an Xcel Energy company. "By supporting the nonprofits that promote these values, we hope to contribute to the overall health and prosperity of the communities we are privileged to serve."

The Foundation's Education and Environment focus areas are two of four annual grant programs in which area nonprofits can participate. The other focus areas are Economic Sustainability and Arts & Culture. The Foundation also matches United Way contributions dollar for dollar and matches employee gifts to non-profit agencies dollar for dollar, Hill said.

Area groups receiving Education funding are:

  • Amarillo Area Foundation – Amarillo, Texas
  • Amarillo Chamber of Commerce Foundation – Amarillo, Texas
  • Amarillo Education Foundation (Women in Science Endeavors) – Amarillo, Texas
  • Canadian Educational Foundation – Canadian, Texas
  • Chaves County CASA – Roswell, N.M.
  • Eastern New Mexico University – Portales, N.M.
  • Frank Phillips College Development Corp. – Borger, Texas
  • Girl Scouts of Texas-Oklahoma Plains, Inc. – Amarillo, Texas
  • Golden Spread Council Boy Scouts of America – Amarillo, Texas
  • Green Education Foundation – Amarillo, Texas
  • Inquiry Facilitators, Inc. – Hobbs, N.M.
  • MyPower, Inc. – Hobbs, N.M.
  • New Mexico Junior College Foundation – Hobbs, N.M.
  • Opportunity School – Amarillo, Texas
  • Shallowater Education Foundation – Shallowater, Texas
  • South Plains Council Boy Scouts of America – Lubbock, Texas
  • South Plains College Foundation - Levelland, Texas
  • Texas Alliance for Minorities in Engineering (TAME) – Amarillo, Texas
  • Wayland Baptist University – Lubbock, Texas
  • West Texas A&M University Foundation – Canyon, Texas
  • Women in Science Endeavors (WISE) – Lubbock, Texas

Area groups receiving Environment funding are:

  • Amarillo Education Foundation – Amarillo, Texas
  • Amarillo Zoological Society – Amarillo, Texas
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Texas Panhandle – Amarillo, Texas
  • Class 4 Winds & Renewables – Amarillo, Texas
  • Don Harrington Discovery Center – Amarillo, Texas
  • Friona Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture – Friona, Texas
  • Keep Roswell Beautiful – Roswell, N.M.
  • Ogallala Commons – Nazareth, Texas
  • Rio Blanco Heritage Foundation – Crosbyton, Texas
  • Tascosa High School Excellence Council – Amarillo, Texas

Information about Xcel Energy Foundation grants can be found on the company's www.xcelenergy.com. Questions may also be directed to the following Xcel Energy employees:

Terry Price, senior foundation representative, Amarillo, Texas (806) 378-2388

Wallace Hill, regional manager, community and economic development, Amarillo, Texas (806) 378-2916

Steve Deaton, regional manager, community and economic development, Lubbock, Texas (806) 796-3291

Mike McLeod, regional manager for community and economic development, Roswell, N.M. (575) 625-5499

Xcel Energy (NYSE: XEL) is a major U.S. electricity and natural gas company with regulated operations in eight Western and Midwestern states. Xcel Energy provides a comprehensive portfolio of energy-related products and services to 3.4 million electricity customers and 1.9 million natural gas customers through its regulated operating companies. Company headquarters are located in Minneapolis. More information is available at www.xcelenergy.com.

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