American Water Charitable Foundation Awards $3 Million to Communities Throughout the United States
Since 2012, the American Water Charitable Foundation has donated to
worthy causes and organizations in communities served by American Water
VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--
Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization
created by American
Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and
wastewater utility company, is celebrating five years of partnering with
local communities and organizations throughout the country. The
Foundation has provided more than $3 million in funding through grants
and matching gifts since 2012.
"Being a good neighbor and steward of the environment has always been
central to the mission of American Water," said American Water President
and CEO Susan Story. "Our employees are proud members of the communities
we serve. That's why we are committed to not only delivering the highest
quality water and wastewater service possible but also participating and
investing in programs that benefit these communities through the
American Water Charitable Foundation."
In 2012, American Water established the American Water Charitable
Foundation, with the primary goals to support employees in their
charitable endeavors, provide support for disaster relief efforts, and
provide funding for initiatives related to clean water, conservation,
education, and community sustainability.
The Foundation's signature grant program, Building Better Communities,
was established in 2014 through a grant of $2.5 million to the
National Recreation and Park Association to administer the program for
five years. The program is designed to enhance the quality of life in
the communities the company serves. It is focused on parks, as they are
critical to preserving natural resources that have real economic
benefits for communities. During the last four years, the Foundation has
funded 12 projects throughout the country.
The Foundation also provided a $175,000 grant to fund an innovative
program with the Union Sportsmen's Alliance (USA) that brings union
members and American Water employees together to volunteer their time
and skills on water-related conservation projects. This program pairs
the USA's all-volunteer Work Boots on the Ground program with projects
that benefit American Water service communities by improving public
access to water-based recreational opportunities or enhancing the
environmental sustainability of existing recreational areas. Through
this partnership, the Foundation has completed projects that include
improved access to kayak and canoe trails, boat ramps, and ADA
accessible fishing piers.
"Since its establishment, the Foundation has always strived to help the
communities we serve become stronger through these unique partnerships,"
said Laura Martin, president of the American Water Charitable
Foundation. "In just five years, the Foundation has become a leader in
the industry and will donate close to one million dollars to worthy
causes this year."
The Foundation also provides funding for other initiatives including
disaster relief efforts and an Employee Volunteer and Matching Gift
Program where, since 2012, it has awarded over $700,000 to organizations
that are important to its employees.
About the American Water Charitable Foundation
The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit
organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company's ongoing
commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the
communities where American Water and its employees live, work and
operate. The Foundation helps support American Water employee-identified
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and
most geographically diverse U.S. publicly-traded water and wastewater
utility company. The company employs more than 6,800 dedicated
professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water,
wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people
in 47 states and Ontario, Canada. More information can be found by
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Source: American Water Charitable Foundation
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