DENVER (CBS4) – Xcel Energy’s Day of Service is an easy fun way to spend a few hours helping in the community. The energy utility has already done the heavy lifting by setting up dozens of volunteer opportunities. The charity organization provides all the materials and tools you need. All you have to do is show up and get the t-shirt.

Day of Service Tshirt

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“We’re looking forward to having a bunch of volunteers here on Sept. 12. As always, we appreciate the partnership with CBS4 helping us get the word out,” said Jerome Davis, Regional Vice President for Xcel Energy.

The projects are set up in communities across the state in order to give everyone a chance to get involved. They vary in size and scope, from landscaping and painting to making blankets and packing meals for food banks. This year nearly 60 nonprofit organizations will benefit from Day of Service.

“They get the volunteer time to help spruce up the place … to help bring a little help where they’re sort of strapped with their own resources to get things done. What we do gives them a nice little jump,” Davis told CBS4.

Xcel organizers are hoping to get more than 2,000 people to sign up to help get the work done. They work hard to get a variety of projects including some that can accommodate young children.

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“Why not be able to bring the kids too? What better way to start instilling the value of service … giving back to the community at an early age,” Davis explained.

Day of Service started out as a volunteer opportunity for Xcel employees only. Several years ago the energy utility opened it up to the entire Colorado community, but Xcel employees still view it as their day to give back.

“Many of our employees, they live, work, and play here, so it’s extremely important to us in terms of the tie to the community,” Davis said.

Xcel Energy’s Day of Service is Saturday, Sept. 12 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

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LINK: Sign Up For Xcel Energy’s Day of Service