CAMDEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, and the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization created by American Water, today announced a $40,000 donation to the Center for Aquatic Sciences in support of their Community and Urban Science Enrichment (CAUSE) Summer Camp Program.
“American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation are truly excited to expand our partnership with the Center for Aquatic Sciences. All of us share a commitment to environmental stewardship and a passion for educating children about water quality and water conservation,” said Carrie Williams, president of the American Water Charitable Foundation. “As neighbors on the Camden Waterfront, we also share a commitment to providing opportunities and building education programs for the students of Camden today and for generations to come.”
CAUSE is the Center for Aquatic Sciences’ flagship program and has been serving youth since 1993, with the goals of:
- Strengthening STEM academic preparedness for Camden teens
- Increasing ethnic diversity in STEM career fields
- Creating employment opportunities for Camden youth
- Providing no-cost STEM enrichment experiences for Camden youth in grades K-12
“It’s partnerships like these that make the CAUSE program special. Thanks to this support from American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation our students have the opportunity to develop a series of hands-on activities and demonstrations for Camden City summer camp youth that encourage environmental stewardship as it relates to water, life and habitats,” said Brian DuVall, President and CEO of the Center for Aquatic Sciences.
“American Water is committed to putting our time, money and resources behind supporting the students in Camden,” said Ruben Rodriguez, senior director, external communications at American Water. “The opportunity to partner with the Center for Aquatic Sciences and continue to focus our efforts on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, or STEM learning was a perfect match.”
CAUSE has been extremely successful and focuses on intense academics and mentoring for a manageable number of youth. Since its inception, 100% of students have graduated high school. It has reached more than 300+ teens as interns, and 3,000+ children as campers.
About Center for Aquatic Sciences
Founded in 1989, the Center for Aquatic Sciences is in the midst of its 30th year of advancing the understanding of and concern for aquatic animals and their habitats. The Center’s mission is: “Education and youth development through promoting the understanding, appreciation and protection of aquatic life and habitats.” In performing this mission, the Center strives to be a responsible member of the community, assisting in its economic and social redevelopment by providing opportunities for education, enrichment and employment.
About American Water Charitable Foundation
Established in 2010 with a founding contribution from American Water, 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 nonprofit endeavors. More information can be found online at amwater.com/corporate-responsibility.
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 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. 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.