Pennsylvania American Water Awards Inclusion, Diversity and Equity Grants to 8 Organizations

MECHANICSBURG, Pa. (Jan. 13, 2023) – In advance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, celebrating the life and legacy of this prominent civil rights leader, Pennsylvania American Water today announced eight recipients of grants supporting the company’s Inclusion, Diversity and Equity efforts. Grants in the amounts of $3,000-5,000 were awarded to eight organizations across the company’s service territory, totaling $35,000.

“Investing in organizations that promote inclusion, diversity and equity-related initiatives is a key component of our community engagement strategy,” said Justin Ladner, president of Pennsylvania American Water. “Through these grants, Pennsylvania American Water shows its 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:

  • ACLAMO (Norristown)
    • $5,000 to support the Light of Hope campaign  
  • African American Chamber of Western PA (Pittsburgh)
    • $5,000 to support programming for small businesses owners
  • Casa San José (Pittsburgh)
    • $5,000 for the purchase of a passenger van for youth programming
  • Community Cares (Carlisle)
    • $4,000 to support its mission to empower all individuals and families to remain or become housed

“We are deeply grateful to Pennsylvania American Water for this most generous gift,” said Sister Karen Stoila, development and finance director for Casa San José. “It is a sign of civic responsibility and a choice to be a good neighbor, and it will allow us to assist many people in need for whom Casa San José is their only and trusted resource.”


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

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