Please enjoy the latest edition of the Camden NewsDrop, a quarterly recap of news and events from around One Water Street and Camden, NJ.

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American Water Commits $1 Million to a New Inclusion and Diversity Scholarship Program

American Water is proud to announce its commitment to supporting underserved and underrepresented students over the next four years. During each year of the program, a combined total of $100,000 will be provided to 10 students who plan to pursue a non-medical STEM or business-related field degree or certificate.

Starting in 2023, the Inclusion and Diversity (I&D) Scholarship Program administered through a partnership with Scholarship America will be offered annually to eligible students through 2026. American Water is proud to support the next generation of leaders and help to provide equitable opportunities for students in the communities we serve.

Click here to learn more about American Water’s I&D Scholarship Program criteria and be sure to visit American Water’s ID&E website at

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Keep Communities Flowing – American Water Charitable Foundation

The Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program focuses on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities. Since the launch of the 2022 grant program the American Water Charitable Foundation (AWCF) is proud to have awarded more than $125,000 to Camden organizations, Including:

Water and Environment local grantees:

  • Girls Inc. of Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey
  • Center for Family Services
  • Hispanic Family Center of Southern NJ Inc.

The AWCF is currently accepting applications for the STEM Education grant program. This grant program is focused on STEM-based curricular and extracurricular programs to provide underserved students access to the high-quality learning they need to succeed. Eligible organizations can apply through December 31st.

Click Here to learn more about how to apply, our community impact, and giving guidelines!

American Water Contract Services Group Launches a GIS Program

American Water’s Contract Services Group in Partnership with Hopeworks Launches a GIS Program

American Water’s Contract Services Group joined with Hopeworks to conduct a Geographic Information System (GIS) pilot program. Starting with orientation and extensive safety training, the young professionals proceeded to conduct data mapping to acquire accurate GIS database information to verify and update the physical location of approximately 18,000 assets (water & sewer), within the Camden system.

“Hopeworks has partnered with American Water Operations and Maintenance (AWO&M) in a great collaboration. Hopeworks is locating the water infrastructure using high-accuracy GPS technology in the City of Camden while providing training to young professionals in the area of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). As a result of our partnership, scores of young adults have earned and kept living wage jobs, changing their lives and the lives of their families.” Luis Oliveri, GIS Director of Hopeworks.

American Water Charitable Foundation and New Jersey American Water Team up with the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation to Tackle Food Insecurity in Camden

American Water Charitable Foundation and New Jersey American Water Team up with the Malcolm Jenkins Foundation

In September, the American Water Charitable Foundation and New Jersey American Water donated $30,000 to The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation’s Get Ready Fest®. This signature community event, setup to bring about awareness of food insecurity within vulnerable neighborhoods, helped 1,000 pre-identified families in the City of Camden.

Families were greeted by energetic volunteers, including several American Water and New Jersey American Water employees. Each family household received a weeks’ worth of groceries for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Residents also had the opportunity to meet with a host of organizations providing additional resources and services.

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AmeriCANS In Action! Month of Service – September 2022

September marks American Water’s company-wide annual month of community service. Although our dedicated employees share their time and expertise throughout the year, September encourages our colleagues to take the lead on managing team-based volunteer efforts in their respective communities across the country – creating a real impact while serving those in need.

In Camden, over 100 employees dedicated hundreds of hours to more than 10 service projects throughout the city. Some of the 2022 service projects included neighborhood clean-ups, meal service with Cathedral Kitchen and food distributions with Mighty Writers, shoreline clean up of the Delaware River Backchannel and our 9/11 flag memorial – American Water’s annual tradition commemorating the lives lost on Sept. 11, 2001.

AmeriCANS In Action! Month of Service

Tis the Season to Spread Holiday Cheer in Camden! American Water Held its Annual Holiday Toy Drive for the Camden Special Services District!

Camden! American Water Annual Holiday Toy Drive

For the past four years, American Water, has committed to supporting the Camden Special Services District (CSSD) Ambassadors and their families for the holidays. The Camden Special Services District, also known as the “Yellow-Jackets” crew, is comprised of Camden residents who, provide enhanced cleaning and hospitality services to the City of Camden. The Ambassadors work every day to create a welcoming community by cleaning up trash and debris around the neighborhood, removing graffiti, clearing storm drains, planting and maintaining planter boxes and trimming/weeding curb lines.

In addition to collecting and donating over 400 toys, American Water was thrilled to host the CSSD Ambassadors and their families for a holiday dinner at our headquarters. The evening celebrated and recognized the year-round, hard work performed by the CSSD team to make Camden a cleaner and safer city.

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From our family to yours, American Water wishes you a Happy & Safe Holiday Season!

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