American Water employees volunteer 5,500 hours for company-wide month of service

In September, American Water held its company-wide "AmerICANs in Action!" employee volunteer event. More than 2,000 employees participated in 113 different community volunteer projects representing the company's operations in 16 states and Canada.

VOORHEES, NJ, Oct. 14, 2015 -- Last month, American Water (AW), the nation's largest publicly traded water and wastewater utility company, held its company-wide "AmerICANs in Action!" employee volunteer event. More than 2,000 AW employees participated in 113 different community volunteer projects representing the company's operations in 16 states and Canada.

"AmerICANs in Action!" continues AW's efforts to create a lasting, positive impact for the customers and the communities it serves as part of its ongoing Corporate Responsibility program. The effort encourages teams of employees to volunteer in the communities where they live and work. In its fifth year, this year's event set a record for participation and results.

"From the east coast to the west coast, our employees clearly demonstrate the passion and commitment we have to our customers and communities," said Susan Story, president and chief executive officer. "'AmerICANs in Action!' Month of Service is not only about making a difference in our communities but also strengthening customer relationships. Our employees have created a measurable, lasting impact in the lives of so many, and that is invaluable."

Employees demonstrated a diverse range of skills through projects that included a beach clean-up in New York, an ecological restoration project in New Jersey, a diaper drive to benefit families in need in Kentucky, a wildlife refuge clean-up in California, a landscaping effort for United Way's Day of Caring event in West Virginia, and the Special Olympics in Missouri. Many employees also volunteered at animal shelters and food pantries, while others teamed up with their local Ronald McDonald House or Habitat for Humanity.

See also:

"American Water participates in 'Imagine a Day Without Water' event"

"American Water issues third biennial CR Report, announces inclusion in DJSI"

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