American Water (NYSE: AWK), the nation’s largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, is embarking on a series of volunteer efforts in Camden, NJ as part of its companywide AmerICANs in Action! Month of Service throughout September. Ahead of the company’s move into its new Waterfront headquarters this fall, employees are volunteering throughout Camden to support local nonprofits in a range of projects, from painting and cleaning local nonprofit buildings to mentoring local youth and sprucing up public spaces.
“We are committed to helping those we serve every day of the year, and our AmerICANs in Action! Month of Service is a great opportunity for American Water employees across the country to support the neighborhoods where we work and live,” said Susan Story, president and chief executive officer of American Water. “This year, employees working in South Jersey are particularly excited to show our support of the Camden community and get to know our new neighbors better as we gear up to move our headquarters there this fall.”
Since August, more than 150 employees have signed up to volunteer their time to support a range of Camden nonprofits. Scheduled events include:
- September 18: Nearly two dozen employees will spend time atUrbanPromise of Camden, NJ to help organize the youth programs storage area and assist with their flower bulb planting beautification project.
- September 18: A group of engineering project managers will visit the Ronald McDonald House in Camden to make breakfast for those who are staying at the house while their family members receive medical treatment.
- September 18 & 26: LUCY Outreach, which empowers youth to develop into compassionate and socially responsible adults who make a positive difference in their community. Dozens of American Water employees will visit the organization’s new home across from Woodrow Wilson High Schoolto clean, organize an decorate the historic building to make it feel more like home for youth involved in the program.
- September 19: Volunteers from American Water will help with outside cleanup around the Salvation Army KROC Center campus to increase the overall curb appeal – not only of the KROC Center, but of Cramer Hill’s Harrison Avenue as well.
- September 25: A dozen engineers will help support job development skills for youth at Hopeworks ‘N Camden when they conduct mock interviews and review resumes in the daylong volunteer event. The employees will also work in the Hopeworks garden.
- September 26: A group of engineers from American Water will help with the rebuild of a home in Camden through Habitat for Humanity (Camden).
- September 27: Employee volunteers will visit the Boys & Girls Club of Camden County to help with painting window murals, stuff fundraising envelopes, and clean common spaces.
- September 28: American Water employees will participate in a beautification project in Wiggins Waterfront Park directly in front of the company’s new Camden headquarters, during which they will spruce up areas of the Promenade from Pearl Street to RCA Pier.
AmerICANs in Action! continues the company’s efforts to create a lasting, positive impact for the customers and the communities the company serves as part of its ongoing Corporate Responsibility program. In its eighth year, this effort encourages teams of employees across the U.S. to volunteer in the communities where they live and work.