VOORHEES, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, announced today the company and its employees have raised more than $2 million in the last decade for Water For People, an international nonprofit organization dedicated to providing access to improved water and sanitation systems and services in developing countries.
This year’s successful month-long campaign raised almost $200,000 to support Water For People’s life-changing work. In addition to financial donations, American Water employees volunteered to raise money in several creative ways, including competitive 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 will also sponsor Jamie Gough, a chemist at the company’s Belleville Lab in Illinois, to participate in a one-week Water For People Impact Tour to Peru in September. Water For People Impact Tours give participants the extraordinary opportunity to travel to communities for a first-hand look at sustainable water and sanitation projects in progress and the vast difference the systems are making in people's lives.
"I cannot understate Water For People's tremendous work throughout much of the developing world in securing quality water and health resources for those who strongly and urgently need it," said Deb Degillio, senior vice president of American Water’s Eastern Division and executive sponsor of the company’s Water For People employee giving campaign. "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 continuing generosity of American Water and its employees enables us to further our mission of Everyone Forever,” said Eleanor Allen, CEO of Water For People. “American Water’s employee giving campaign is one of the longest and largest for Water For People, and the support has helped us reach Everyone through reliable, long-term water systems in communities such as Sagar Island, India, and San Pedro, Bolivia. Thank you!”
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.
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 6,900 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 15 million people in 46 states and Ontario, Canada. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.