VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water Works Company, Inc. (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, announced today the company and its employees have raised a record-setting $232,000 for Water For People, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services in developing countries.
With a ten percent increase from last year, this was American Water’s most successful employee-giving campaign since the company began partnering with the organization in 1991. In addition to financial donations, American Water employees volunteered to raise money in several creative ways, including competitive penny wars, sports games, silent auctions, cookouts and bake sales, all which enable Water For People to get closer to its goal to provide access to clean water for everyone forever.
“American Water has a long history of supporting Water For People and we are fortunate to have such generous employees with a wonderful giving spirit,” said Deb Degillio, president of American Water Enterprises and executive sponsor of the company’s Water For People employee giving campaign. “The global water crisis is something none of us can ignore so there is no question of why we support this organization. Additionally, Water For People’s mission echoes American Water’s commitment to building a world where all people have access to safe drinking water and sanitation. Our employees’ enthusiasm, generosity and contribution to help raise funds for this campaign, truly demonstrates our commitment to provide access to clean water for everyone forever.”
“The generosity of American Water and its employees greatly inspires us and helps us deliver our mission of Everyone Forever,” said Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water For People. “As one of our largest and longest workplace giving campaigns, the support for Water For People benefits the communities where we work. Not only are we helping provide sustainable services, we are reaching to new heights of scale and impact across our nine countries.”
American Water’s support of Water For People is part of its formal Corporate Responsibility program, which aims to create a lasting, positive impact on the communities the company serves.
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 visiting www.amwater.com.