American Water Charitable Foundation Invests in California’s Future


The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization founded by American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the US, announced three California organizations were awarded 2023 Workforce Readiness and STEM Education Grants.

“Investing in tomorrow’s leaders is critical to the future of our communities and our industry,” said Kevin Tilden, President of California American Water. “We are happy to see the American Water Charitable Foundation’s supporting organizations such as Meristem, Generation Steam, and the Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove making a difference in the lives of various young people through new and meaningful programs.”

About California Grant Recipients:

  • Meristem (Sacramento): awarded $25,000 to purchase equipment for their café internship program, providing job skills and barista training to young adults on the autism spectrum.
  • Museum Foundation of Pacific Grove: Awarded $14,500 to establish their Naturalists in Training Internship Program, which focuses on high school students and promotes conservation and leadership skills.
  • Generation STEAM (Chula Vista): Awarded $10,000 to support their Life Science Station program, which engages 4th graders in hands-on STEAM activities, career exploration, and engineering design challenges.
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These grants will directly support high-impact projects and initiatives that align with American Water’s commitment to ESG, inclusion, diversity, and equity.

The 2023 Workforce Readiness and STEM Education Grant Programs are part of the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, which focuses on three pillars of giving: Water, People, and Community.

American Water (NYSE: AWK) is the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the United States. With a history dating back to 1886, We Keep Life Flowing® provides reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals use their significant expertise and the company’s national scale to achieve great results for the benefit of customers, employees, investors, and other stakeholders.

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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 in which American Water and its employees work and operate. For more information, visit and follow the American Water Charitable Foundation on Facebook.