Virginia American Water and the American Water Charitable Foundation’s COVID-19 Response Fund Support Relief Efforts in Alexandria

ALEXANDRIA, Va. (July 14, 2020) – Virginia American Water is pleased to announce that Carpenter’s Shelter has received $15,000 from the American Water Charitable Foundation to support their efforts to provide comprehensive services for homeless individuals and families in the City of Alexandria, Va.

“The impact of the COVID-19 public health emergency has been extraordinary. Everyone has had their daily lives permanently altered, but homeless Americans have been disproportionally impacted. Alexandria’s homeless are particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 and we are proud to support organizations like Carpenter’s Shelter that provide invaluable services to Alexandria residents in need,” said Barry Suits, president of Virginia American Water.

“Carpenter’s Shelter serves more than 700 homeless and formerly homeless children and adults each year. We have been effectively addressing the threat that COVID-19 poses to our residents, staff and volunteers.” said Shannon Steene, Carpenter’s Shelter's executive director. “This funding will help cover costs associated with longer stays in our emergency residential shelter, emergency staffing expenses, and additional medical and cleaning supplies for our staff and residents.”


About Virginia American Water
Virginia 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 services to approximately 325,000 people. For more information, visit and follow Virginia American Water on Twitter and Facebook

About the American Water Charitable Foundation
The American Water Charitable Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides a formal way to demonstrate the company’s ongoing commitment to being a good neighbor, citizen, and contributor to the communities where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. The Foundation helps support American Water employee-identified nonprofit endeavors.

About Carpenter’s Shelter
Carpenter’s Shelter supports the homeless to achieve sustainable independence through shelter, guidance, education, and advocacy. Each year, more than 700 homeless and formerly homeless children, women, and men access Carpenter’s Shelter’s services. To learn more about Carpenter’s Shelter’s impact in the community, please visit:

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