Pennsylvania American Water Taps Social Media to Launch “Community Investment Challenge”

  Pennsylvania American Water Taps Social Media to Launch “Community
  Investment Challenge”

    Environmental, community improvement projects can earn grants based on
                               Facebook voting

Business Wire

HERSHEY, Pa. -- October 21, 2013

Pennsylvania American Water announced today the launch of the “Community
Investment Challenge,” a contest that will let voters on the company’s
Facebook page determine grant awards to support environmental projects and
community improvement programs. To be eligible, organizations must submit
projects that will take place within Pennsylvania American Water service areas
in 2014.

The top three projects receiving the most votes on the company’s Facebook
contest page will receive awards of $1,000 (first-place), $700 (second-place)
and $300 (third place). Projects planned for 2014 in Pennsylvania American
Water’s service areas should fit the following criteria to be eligible.

  *Water and the Environment: Innovative, community-based environmental
    projects that improve, restore or protect watersheds and communities’
    surface and groundwater.
  *Water and Healthy Living: Efforts that contribute to healthy communities
    by promoting safe water and sanitation, educating the public on the health
    benefits of water and encouraging good hygiene practices.
  *Environmental Education: Educational programs that provide information
    about water conservation, water and wastewater treatment, the water cycle,
    watershed protection and the environment.
  *Community Sustainability: Projects that meet a definitive, sustainable
    community need, preferably aligned with the company’s core business, and
    enrich the lives of the residents who live and work in communities served
    by Pennsylvania American Water.

“We hope to engage civic, non-profit, environmental and educational groups
that are planning innovative and meaningful projects to enhance the
communities we serve. By mobilizing voters through their social networks, the
organizations could earn grant money to help support those projects,” said
Pennsylvania American Water Director of Communications and External Affairs
Terry M. Maenza.

Interested organizations can submit projects online for consideration by
visiting Pennsylvania American Water’s website (
The application link can be found under the About Us drop-down menu, select
Community Involvement, on the Community Programs page at

Starting November 8, 2013, visitors to Pennsylvania American Water’s Facebook
Contest Page ( can read about the Community
Investment Challenge entries and vote for their favorite one. The deadline for
voting is December 8, 2013. Awards will be announced in early December.

Maenza said, “The Community Investment Challenge is the latest example of
Pennsylvania American Water supporting worthwhile community-based projects
that align with our core business. We strongly believe in working with our
local partners to develop sustainable solutions and promote environmental

Pennsylvania American Water, a subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is
the largest water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable
water and/or wastewater services to approximately 2.2 million people. Founded
in 1886, American Water is the largest publicly traded U.S. water and
wastewater utility company. With headquarters in Voorhees, N.J., the company
employs approximately 6,700 dedicated professionals who provide drinking
water, wastewater and other related services to an estimated 14 million people
in more than 30 states and parts of Canada.


Pennsylvania American Water
Eastern PA: Terry Maenza
O: 610-670-7789, ext. 1009
M: 610-849-6484
Western PA: Gary Lobaugh
O: 724-873-3674
M: 724-944-5148
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