As part of its continuing effort to improve the quality of life in the communities it serves, California Water Service Group ended 2013 with donations of $698,330 made throughout the year to charitable organizations in its California, Washington, Hawaii, and New Mexico service areas.
According to Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO, these contributions were donated by the company and were not paid for by ratepayers. Cal Water, the Group’s largest subsidiary, made contributions that include $10,000 donated to the Elite Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Business Network, which seeks to assist service-disabled veterans by successfully helping them establish and grow their own businesses. Among other contributions made by Cal Water were 8,500 gift checks presented to local organizations through Operation Gobble to help provide Thanksgiving meals to families in need. For the 25th year, Cal Water worked with local legislators through Operation Gobble to help identify more than 100 charities that could help with the distribution. These gift checks helped provide some 42,500 holiday meals to residents across the state.
Also included were $6,000 donations each to the Maui Food Bank and the Food Basket by Hawaii Water Service Company; an $8,000 contribution by Washington Water Service Company to the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation, which sponsors an event called Race for a Soldier, to support organizations that help soldiers recover from war and readjust to life back home; and $5,000 by New Mexico Water Service Company, which was shared among local organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club and Food Pantry.
“It is important to us to be a good neighbor and support organizations that make our communities a better place to live. This means investing in worthwhile organizations such as food banks, economic assistance organizations, and services for at-risk youth, among many others,” Kropelnicki said.
According to Kropelnicki, making contributions outside of the company’s service area is also the right thing to do. For example, Cal Water participated with its employees in relief efforts for Typhoon Haiyan through a $10,000 contribution to the American Red Cross to assist victims in the Philippines.
In 2014, the company is continuing its outreach efforts and also developing additional programs to benefit customers in the areas we serve.