Illinois American Water Proudly Recognizes American Water Charitable Foundation 2022 Workforce Readiness Grantees

Illinois American Water Proudly Recognizes American Water Charitable Foundation 2022 Workforce Readiness Grantees

BELLEVILLE, Illinois–(BUSINESS WIRE)–The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization created by American Water, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, recently announced that three organizations have received a 2022 Workforce Readiness Grant, supporting communities served by American Water of Illinois. Each organization in Illinois received a grant of $25,000.

Terry Burnside, founder of House of Hope in Peoria, said the grant “will support a premier program in the Peoria area to provide a virtual inside look at potential careers without leaving the building. .” He said: “Without this funding, this program that uses virtual reality to highlight careers in construction, manufacturing and more would not be possible. We are delighted to partner with American Water.

Illinois American Water President Rebecca Losli is also excited about the possibilities of workforce readiness partnerships. She said: “By collaborating with organizations working to develop skills and create interest in the skilled trades, we are further supporting a pipeline of talent not only for our local communities, but also for other essential industries that require essential expertise.

The Workforce Readiness grant is part of the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing grantmaking program, which focuses on three pillars of giving: water, people, and communities. Below is a complete list of workforce readiness recipients throughout Illinois.

  • The East St Louis Wrestling Club has received a $25,000 grant to support the Lansdowne UP – Rise UP program.

  • The P-Town Car Club, Inc. (House of Hope Peoria) received a $25,000 grant for its Innovative Workforce Development Program.

  • The St Louis Community Foundation Incorporated received a $25,000 grant to expand the Belleville CEO (Creating Entrepreneurial Opportunity) project.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation is pleased to partner with organizations across Illinois American Water to help improve young adult job readiness skills and youth outcomes as they prepare to become the future leaders of tomorrow,” said Carrie Williams, president of the American Water Charitable Foundation. . “Workforce Readiness Grant funding helps support general career readiness, financial and business literacy, positive youth development and more. »

To learn more about Illinois American Water’s community impact, click here.

About the American Charitable Water Foundation – 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 where American Water and its employees live, work and operate. For more information, visit and follow the American Water Charitable Foundation on Facebook.

About Illinois American Water – Illinois American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing reliable, high-quality water and wastewater services to about 1.3 million people. American Water also operates a quality control and research laboratory in Belleville.

About America Water – With a history dating back to 1886, American Water is America’s largest and most geographically diverse water and wastewater utility company. The company employs more than 6,400 dedicated professionals who provide regulated and similar drinking water and sanitation services to more than 14 million people in 24 states. American Water provides safe, clean, affordable and reliable water services to our customers to help them get on with their lives. For more information, visit and Follow American Water on TwitterFacebook and LinkedIn.


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