2023-01-11 14:00Blog post

A continued commitment to a day "on"

Did you know? Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is the only federal holiday designated as a National Day of Service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities - and American Water employees set a high bar for community service.

In the five years that the company's corporate headquarters has been located in Camden, N.J., the facility has been open to employee volunteers who wish to take a day "on" in support of service to others.

From sandwich-making efforts involving kids in 2018 to drive-thru donation jams to keep the spirit of community service safely alive during the pandemic, American Water employees are committed to an inspiring day devoted to service, commitment, and honoring Dr. King's legacy.

Last year, American Water employee volunteers supported nearly two dozen service projects across the company's U.S. footprint. These efforts included programs to promote literacy, health, animal welfare, education, and combat hunger.

In 2023, American Water's Together We Stand Employee Business Resource Group (EBRG) would like to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by keeping his dream of having equal access to the most basic civil rights alive.  Literacy is an important component to building strong moral character and generating a better vision for life. Dr. King Jr. believed that literacy was a key to breaking down racism and building a community based on equality.

Together We Stand embodies this philosophy and is excited to partner with Reach Out & Read, a literacy program that program begins in infancy and continues through age five, with a special emphasis on children growing up in low-income communities.   American Water employees are supporting their mission with a virtual book drive that provides inclusive books for children of all races and backgrounds.

In the year ahead, American Water employees look forward to continued success with Martin Luther King, Jr.-inspired service projects and demonstrating the company's support for the communities it is privileged to serve.

About American Water

With a history dating back to 1886, American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs approximately 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and regulated-like drinking water and wastewater services to an estimated 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable, and reliable water services to our customers to help keep their lives flowing.