Pennsylvania American Water Awards $36K+ in Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Funding to 13 Organizations

Layers of Black History Donation

Pennsylvania American Water presents funding to Layers of Black History for the purchase of
environmentally focused children’s books featuring diverse characters to be distributed within local schools.

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Feb. 13, 2024) – In conjunction with Black History Month, celebrating the rich cultural heritage, triumphs and struggles of one the United States’ diverse populations, Pennsylvania American Water today announced the recipients of its annual corporate funding aimed at supporting inclusion, diversity and equity efforts. Charitable donations awarded to 13 organizations across the company’s service territory totaled $36,500.

“Investing in organizations that promote inclusion, diversity and equity-related initiatives is a key component of Pennsylvania American Water’s community engagement strategy,” said company president Justin Ladner. “Through this funding, we demonstrate our continued commitment to helping create inclusive and welcoming communities across the Commonwealth.”

Pennsylvania American Water selected the following organizations across its service territory that support and reflect the company’s inclusion, diversity and equity values and efforts:


“We are extremely thankful for the generous donation that Pennsylvania American Water contributed to the Layers of Black History book drive,” said Corey Dupree, one of the organization’s co-founders. “With their donation we were able to provide over 150 books highlighting diversity and representation in literature. We are beyond excited to continue spreading the mission of sustainability and environmental justice alongside partners like Pennsylvania American Water!”

Pennsylvania 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 2.3 million people. For more information, visit and follow Pennsylvania American Water on Twitter and Facebook.

Media Contacts

Gary Lobaugh

Senior Manager, Government and External Affairs


Kara Rahn

Senior Manager, Government and External Affairs, Eastern PA


David Misner

External Affairs Manager, Central PA


Susan Turcmanovich

External Affairs Manager, Northeast PA