American Water (NYSE: AWK), the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, recently donated more than 15 laptops to support educational development and increase access to technology at LUCY Outreach. Over 400 youth are supported by LUCY Outreach, a Camden-based non-profit whose mission is to empower youth to form healthy relationships, make good choices and develop into compassionate and socially responsible adults who make a positive difference in their community.
“We truly appreciate the continued collaboration with American Water. Their support has been invaluable over the past year,” said Kristin Prinn Rose, Executive Director and Founder of LUCY Outreach. “Through this donation, our youth can enhance their technology skills and engage with online-educational opportunities.”
The donation was spearheaded by the company’s Technology and Innovation team that provides tutoring support to LUCY’s youth every Thursday. In addition to tutoring support, representatives from American Water facilitate career exploratory discussions on various types of careers within the utility sector on a bi-weekly basis to interested children.
“Our partnership with LUCY Outreach exemplifies American Water’s philosophy of supporting the communities that we serve,” stated Ruben Rodriguez, Senior Director of External Communications. “Through volunteer efforts and donations, American Water exemplifies the company’s commitment to Camden and its families. By providing youth with access to technology and mentoring support, we all work together to improve educational outcomes for children in Camden.”
American Water’s in-kind support for LUCY Outreach is not unique. In September 2019 alone, more than 360 Camden-based employees volunteered over 900 hours at nine events to support Camden-based non-profits and organizations.
About LUCY Outreach
LUCY (Lifting Up Camden’s Youth) Outreach was established in 2008 to address particular challenges and setbacks - teen delinquency, gang and drug recruitment and involvement, substance abuse in the home, teen pregnancy, a struggling public-school system – faced by urban youth. LUCY Outreach offers multi-lingual, culturally sensitive services to low-income Camden County teens and young adults ages 12-25, and their families. In recognizing the critical role that each system – homes, families, schools, neighborhoods and friends - plays in a youth’s world, LUCY Outreach seeks to enhance youth’s quality of life by filling the void of positive programming, by encouraging participants to work within their community and by providing community services, resources and support.
About American Water
With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is the largest and most geographically diverse U.S. publicly traded water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 7,100 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and market-based drinking water, wastewater and other related services to more than 14 million people in 46 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to make sure we keep their lives flowing. For more information, visit amwater.com and follow American Water on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn.
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