Blattner Energy Partners with Loaves and Fishes for Inaugural Event to Meet Homeless Individuals’ Basic Needs

2,000 kits will serve clients throughout the Twin Cities

Jan 30, 2015

Avon, Minn. (January 30 , 2015)— Blattner Energy, a power generation contractor and leading provider of renewable energy construction in North America, partnered with local nonprofit Loaves and Fishes of Minneapolis for an inaugural event in which Blattner Energy employees packed 2,000 basic needs kits to be distributed to homeless individuals throughout the Twin Cities.

 

More than 500 Blattner Energy employees and their significant others participated in the 2-hour event in conjunction with Loaves and Fishes, a non-profit meal program that has been serving Minnesotans for more than 32 years. Loaves and Fishes will distribute the 2,000 kits to homeless clientele at their various dining sites throughout January and February. The kits contain much-needed tools and resources, including:

·         A duffel bag

·         Sock and gloves

·         Eating utensils, including a can opener for opening canned food distributed at food shelves

·         Flashlight and batteries

·         Candle and matchbook

·         Toothbrush, toothpaste, soap and washcloth

·         Miscellaneous food items

 

The event took place as part of Blattner Energy’s annual, company-wide leadership and development conference. Each year, the company partners with a local organization to create an opportunity for its employees and their significant others to give back to the community.

 

 “Giving back and helping to ensure that our neighbors’ needs are met is everyone’s responsibility,” said Scott Blattner, president, Blattner Energy. “We were honored to partner with an organization like Loaves and Fishes to make an impact right here in our local community.” 

 

 “Only when basic needs for food, dignity and respect are met can individuals move toward independence,” said Cathy Maes, Executive Director, Loaves and Fishes. “These kits will serve as a resource for meeting many of those needs, and we are grateful for the support of Blattner Energy to help us kick off this program.”

 

Companies or individuals interested in volunteering or assisting with future programs can contact Loaves and Fishes at 612-377-9810 or volunteer@loavesandfishesmn.org.

 

About Blattner Energy, Inc.

For more than a century, the Blattner Family of Companies has delivered collaborative construction solutions to industry leaders across the United States and Canada. Today, Blattner Energy is a diversified power generation contractor and the leading installer of renewable energy in North America with more than 22,000 megawatts installed. Blattner provides complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) services for wind, solar, high voltage transmission and substation projects.For more information, visit www.blattnerenergy.com.

 

About Loaves and Fishes

Loaves and Fishes is guided by the belief that all people, regardless of socio-economic, cultural or ethnic background, deserve to meet their basic needs for food, dignity and respect.  They currently serve 1,900 nutritious meals per day in communities where the need for supplemental food is greatest, in an atmosphere of hospitality.  In addition to their main mission, they also advocate and provide information to their guests, connecting them to resources for additional basic needs, to help them become more self-sufficient.

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