|[December 19, 2012]
More Than 900 American Water Employees Volunteer 3,094 Hours During Companywide Month of Service
VOORHEES, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation's largest publicly traded water and
wastewater utility company, held a companywide employee volunteer event
in September titled AmerICANs in Action! Month of Service. More than 900
American Water employees participated in 75 different community
volunteer projects representing American Water operations in 11 states
and four market-based businesses in the U.S. and Canada.
American Water launched a formal Corporate
Responsibility program in 2009, and AmerICANs in Action!, which is
one initiative of this program, aims to continue the company's efforts
to create a lasting, positive impact in the communities the company
serves. AmerICANs in Action encourages teams of employees to get out of
the office and volunteer in the communities where they live and work. In
just its second year, the results from this year's event significantly
surpassed last year's participation.
Employees demonstrated a diverse range of skills through projects that
included the Great Mississippi River Cleanup in Alton, Ill., a trail
cleanup at the Cardinal Greenway Trails in Indiana, serving lunches to
the poor and hungry in New Jersey, a coastal cleanup in California,
sorting and packing food for local pantries and homeless shelters in
Missouri and collecting school supply items for those less fortunate in
Virginia. Some volunteered at animal shelters, while others teamed up
with their local Habitat for Humanity or United Way chapters.
"American Water employees truly stepped up and helped their neighbors
throughout the country," said Debra Vernon, Manager, Corporate
Responsibility. "It gave them the chance to strengthen relationships
with co-workers and combine efforts to help a community organization
with limited resources accomplish the critical services it provides in
our communities. This level of involvement is really a personal
investment in the communities where our employees work, live and play."
Founded in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S.
water and wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees,
N.J., the company employs approximately 7,000 dedicated professionals
who provide drinking water, wastewater and other related services to an
estimated 15 million people in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.
More information can be found at www.amwater.com.
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