Committed to supporting local communities and improving the quality of life in the areas it serves, California Water Service Group (Group) donated more than $600,000 in 2015 to charitable organizations in its California, Washington, Hawaii, and New Mexico service areas. The 2015 donations exceeded the prior year’s corporate giving by more than $50,000, making the year one of the most charitable in company history.
As a regulated utility, the company makes these contributions from stockholder funds and is part of the Group’s corporate philanthropic program. The financial gifts do not come from customer rates.
Among its donations, the Group provided $60,000 in college scholarships to 22 students in the areas it serves. It also supported a variety of local non-profits that enhance quality of life in its communities, such as the Bethlehem Center in Visalia, the Mission at Kern County in Bakersfield, and the Lucerne Alpine Senior Center.
Cal Water, the Group’s largest subsidiary, contributed $10,000 to help the Food Bank of Monterey County rebuild after a devastating fire and $11,000, including matching employee contributions, to the Red Cross Fire Relief Fund, after wildfires destroyed and threatened thousands of homes and businesses in northern California.
Cal Water also donated $198,000 to local charitable organizations over Thanksgiving as part of the company’s annual Operation Gobble program to help provide holiday meals and assistance to residents in need.
Hawaii Water Service continued its commitment to the Maui Food Bank and the Food Basket, while New Mexico Water Service donated to the Adelante Development Center and Washington Water Service supported the Peninsula Community Foundation.
“Doing the right thing and giving back to the areas we serve is a cornerstone of California Water Service Group’s values,” Kropelnicki said. “We are committed to investing in our communities by assisting young people finance an education and obtain their dreams for the future; helping families and charities rebuild after a disaster; and alleviating some of the financial burden so non-profits can continue to provide life-changing services for those in need, year after year.”
As California Water Service Group enters 2016, the company plans to continue its outreach efforts and develop additional programs to benefit customers in the areas it serves.