New Jersey American Water Gives Over $1.3 Million Back to its Communities in 2021
CAMDEN, N.J. – MARCH 8, 2022 – New Jersey American Water recently announced its end-of-year charitable giving total for 2021. Last year, the company provided over $1.3 million through grants, general charitable contributions, and programming support to nearly 70 organizations across New Jersey.
“At New Jersey American Water, our work extends beyond providing safe, clean, and reliable water and wastewater services to our customers,” said Mark McDonough, President of New Jersey American Water. “We are also committed to supporting organizations that make our communities a better place to live and work for our customers and employees. That’s why we’re proud to provide over $1.3 million in funding to benefit the well-being and safety of our customers, communities, and watersheds.”
Each year, New Jersey American Water provides hundreds of thousands of dollars in grants to its communities through its annual First Responder and Environmental grant programs and through New Jersey’s Department of Community Affairs Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit (NRTC). Last year, the company granted over $45,000 to 27 volunteer fire and EMS squads, $38,000 to four community organizations through its Environmental Grant program, and $950,000 to a non-profit development organization through the NRTC program. Additionally, New Jersey American Water contributed $100,000 to help its customers through its H2O Help to Others bill-paying assistance program, a resource that has been available for customers for over 20 years.
Aside from its annual grant programs, New Jersey American Water provided $182,000 through general community-based charitable contributions, environmental-focused sponsorships, and support for Inclusion and Diversity initiatives. The company also launched Water UP! (Water Utility Pipeline training), the first workforce development program of its kind in New Jersey, in 2021. The program offered paid water utility and other essential business training to young adults from Camden to equip them with the skills needed to secure a career in the water utility field.
New Jersey American Water employees also engaged in philanthropy of their own having raised over $132,000 for 208 New Jersey non-profit organizations through the American Water Charitable Foundation’s volunteer and matching gift program. Employees also organized four food drives in 2021 to gather food and supplies and raise money for local and regional food banks.
To learn more about New Jersey American Water’s community involvement, visit www.njamwater.com/community and view the company’s 2021 Community Impact Report.
New Jersey American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and wastewater services to approximately 2.8 million people. For more information, visit www.newjerseyamwater.com and follow New Jersey American Water on Twitter and Facebook.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE:AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
Specialist, External Affairs