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Grantees of AWCF 2023 awarded

Posted on Thursday, March 7, 2024 at 3:15 pm

The American Water Charitable Foundation, a 501(c)(3) organization established by American Water, the largest regulated water and wastewater utility company in the U.S., recently announced two organizations were awarded a 2023 Workforce Readiness Grant, supporting communities served by Tennessee American Water (TAW).

“At TAW, we believe in supporting and enhancing the communities where we live, work, and operate,” said Grant Evitts, president of TAW. “Through the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Workforce Readiness Grant Program, we are able to provide critical funding to these organizations that help lay the groundwork for a skilled workforce, empowering individuals to contribute meaningfully to our diverse communities.”

Listed below are the grantees, award amount and a brief description of the projects being funded:

  • Teach for America (TFA), Inc. – $25,000 Workforce Readiness grant to recruit and support educators who are impacting Chattanooga’s most vulnerable students.
  • Project Return Inc. (PRI) – $20,000 Workforce Readiness grant to connect men and women after incarceration to meaningful employment.

“TFA is thrilled and honored to partner with TAW to ensure more students in Hamilton County have access to an excellent and equitable education,” said managing director, external affairs and Chattanooga TFA, David Baird. “We believe that a broad, diverse, and accountable coalition is crucial to the mission of educational equity, and TAW’s $25,000 workforce readiness grant ensures TFA can continue to strengthen our teacher corps, recruit more leaders for Chattanooga schools, and create the conditions necessary for all children to lead, learn, and thrive in Hamilton County.”

The Workforce Readiness grant is part of the American Water Charitable Foundation’s Keep Communities Flowing Grant Program, focusing on three pillars of giving: Water, People and Communities.

“The American Water Charitable Foundation is pleased to partner with organizations serving a diverse range of needs in the Chattanooga area to cultivate meaningful employment and inspire educators,” said Carrie Williams, president, American Water Charitable Foundation. “The Foundation is delighted to join TFA and PRI in helping their clients be successful.”

For more information contact Daphne Kirksey, External Affairs Manager, at (423) 771-4750 or (423) 413-8419 or email

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® by providing safe, clean, reliable and affordable drinking water and wastewater services to more than 14 million people with regulated operations in 14 states and on 18 military installations. American Water’s 6,500 talented professionals leverage their significant expertise and the company’s national size and scale to achieve excellent outcomes 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 be 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.


Tennessee American Water, a subsidiary of American Water, is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water services to approximately 377,000 people in Tennessee and north Georgia.

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The Marion Tribune – December 14, 2023