Volunteers of America and Xcel Energy Give Back to Veteran Community Through Colorado HomeSmart Program

Denver — A recent collaboration between Xcel Energy and Volunteers of America Veterans Services allowed for a Colorado veteran homeowner to receive a free HVAC system upgrade and a whole-home air purifier. Xcel Energy’s HomeSmart program donated and installed high-efficiency heating and cooling equipment (air conditioner, furnace, water heater) and an air purifier – valued at more than $22,000 – to a Desert Storm veteran.

Many veterans have been affected by poor air quality while on active duty and an air purifying system can boost a home’s air quality and help prevent other health conditions. The high-efficiency equipment can also help lower a home’s energy costs. Volunteers of America Colorado helped identify the homeowner through the Volunteers of America’s Bill Daniels Veteran Services Center community who could benefit from the energy savings and air quality.

On February 20, HomeSmart technicians delivered and installed an entire system for the Colorado Desert Storm veteran who is diagnosed with PTSD, diabetes and several breathing issues. Following the installation, the veteran confirmed that he has already noticed a major difference in the air quality in his home as well as a decreased energy bill.

Xcel Energy has a strong and visible commitment to the military veteran community. In addition to supporting volunteer projects that benefit veterans at its annual Day of Service, Xcel Energy was recognized this year as a top military-friendly employer by Military Times and Recruit Military. Xcel Energy currently employees 1,060 veterans, which is nearly ten percent of its workforce. HomeSmart from Xcel Energy wants to give back to this community by donating their appliance installation and repair services to those that served.

Contact: Elizabeth Grice

egrice@voacolorado.org

720-264-3302

ABOUT VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA

Volunteers of America is a national, nonprofit, faith-based organization dedicated to helping those in need live healthy, safe and productive lives. Since 1896, our ministry of service has supported and empowered America's most vulnerable groups, including the frail elderly, people with disabilities, at-risk youth, homeless individuals, women in need, and veterans and their families. For more information about Volunteers of America, visit voacolorado.org.

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