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Volunteerism

Our employees and retirees are remarkable people who take great satisfaction in helping others. One day you may find us at work in your community.

Employee & Retiree Volunteer Projects

March of DimesMarch of Dimes
As a “One Company” initiative, CenterPoint Energy employees throughout our footprint have raised money and participated in their local March for Babies walk during the month of April. In 2012, CenterPoint Energy raised more than $154,000 for March of Dimes, with nearly $27,000 raised in Minnesota.

United WayUnited Way
Through employee pledges, the 2012CenterPoint Energy United Way campaign generated a total of $2,657,526 in corporate and employee contributions in; and over $310,000 was from the Minnesota area. The United Way campaign assists 85 local United Way offices throughout the CenterPoint Energy footprint.

JDRFJDRF
More than $600,000 has been raised in the last nine years to assist the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to combat type I diabetes. In 2010, employees raised $76,000 for the annual company supported walk.

Habitat for HumanityHabitat for Humanity
For 20 years, CenterPoint Energy has been actively involved in helping our local Twin Cities chapter of Habitat for Humanity builds homes and provides home ownership opportunities for low-income families.


 

Highway cleanupAdopt-a-Highway
Employees helped clean up their community by participating in an Adopt a Highway trash pickup. CenterPoint Energy adopts two stretches of highway in Plymouth and Mankato that are cleaned twice each year.




                                                        National Night Out
National Night Out
The first week of August, employee volunteers unite with their neighbors at block parties for community safety, sharing materials and information for both children and adults. National Night Out is a great way to strengthen relationships and build safer communities.



 

Torchlight ParadeTorchlight Parade
The CenterPoint Energy Torchlight Parade was a main event of the 72nd Annual Minneapolis Aquatennial Festival on July 20, 2011 with more than 75,000 spectators, 330 community and business leader VIP guests, about 90 parade entries and over 145 CNP volunteers taking part in the night. This popular tradition is the largest parade in Minnesota, and it allows us to exhibit our commitment to volunteerism and serving our communities, as well as highlight the services CenterPoint Energy and Home Service Plus provide to make our customers’ lives more comfortable, enjoyable and environmentally sound.”

Safety FairsSafety Fairs
Our employees enjoy sharing their safety expertise at community-sponsored safety fairs, providing helpful materials and information on the safe and proper use of clean-burning natural gas.






 

 Mars Logo 
Minnesota Active Retiree Services
Minnesota Active Retiree Service (MARS) is intended to facilitate communications and  mutual support among the retired employees of CenterPoint Energy, Minnesota Area. The organization provides opportunities for retirees for volunteer community service, and encourages and stimulates volunteerism  through recognition programs. During 2011, Minnesota Active Retirees volunteered just under 5,000 hours and earned  $3,200 in GIVE grants they could present to local non profits.


CenterPoint Energy has a large base of employees and retirees who are strongly committed to personal volunteerism. To commend these company volunteers for the ways in which they improve the community, the company awards GIVE (Grant Incentives for Volunteer Employees) grants to the nonprofit organizations that employees and retirees are heavily involved.  Last year, CenterPoint Energy contributed $80,200 in GIVE grants to nonprofits where employee volunteers have donated at least 40 hours of service year-to-date.

Other retiree volunteer projects in Minnesota, include:

Feed My Starving Children
Free Furnace Tune Up and Safety Check /Outbound phone calling
Hoop Toys for Safety Fairs
Bridging
Volunteer Mentor Partnership with Local School
Retirees - Call 612-321-5376 for more information