SAN JOSE, Calif., December 20, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – As part of its goal of improving the quality of life in the communities it serves, California Water Service Group (Group) announced today donations totaling $ 600,000 to local food banks and other community aid organizations before the Christmas holidays. These donations are in addition to the charitable donations regularly provided as part of the Group’s philanthropic donation program, which do not affect customers’ water prices.
A donation of $ 200,000 is made to the Chico Housing Action Team in Chico, California, to complete its Everhart Village project. This shelter project will provide individual sleeping cabins in a community setting for behavioral health clients in Butte County as they transition from homelessness to long-term stable housing. The contribution will cover the cost of all water-related components of Everhart Village, including the creation of the storm sewer system; digging trenches and installing water and sewer pipes; installation of plumbing, toilets, sinks and water heaters; and the removal of an old well.
The group is donating an additional $ 200,000 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Sacramento to support its new facilities in Stockton, Calif., Located in federal housing projects. The funds will fund a laboratory and STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) program at the Club Sierra Vista site, which serves more than 100 at-risk youth in South Stockton’s oldest multi-family social housing community, and Second location offered by the Club at Conway Homes.
The remaining $ 200,000 is distributed among food banks and other organizations that provide essential services to community members in need in the Group’s service areas. Organizations include Second Harvest, Willows, and Food Banks in Monterey County, California; the Permission to Start Dreaming Foundation in Washington; Shelter Services from Valencia, New Mexico; and the Hawaii Food Cart on the Big Island.
“At California Water Service Group, we are more than just a water supplier, we are part of the communities we serve,” said Martin A. Kropelnicki, President and CEO of Cal Water. “Part of our commitment to our communities is to improve the lives of those in need of support. I am pleased that we are able to provide these contributions to the Chico Housing Action Team, the Boys and Girls Clubs of Stockton and other major charities who share this commitment.
“Taking care of the water and sewer components at Everhart Village is invaluable in making this shelter project for homeless people with mental illness a reality, and through this partnership with California Water Service, together , we will help support some of the most vulnerable in the communities we serve, ”said Leslie Johnson, Executive Director of the Chico Housing Action Team.
“The federally funded housing developments in San Joaquin County are in desperate need of youth programs and services, and this funding will help deliver transformational learning experiences to hundreds of low-income youth in South Stockton , providing the opportunities they need to stay on track for a great future, ”said Kimberly Key, CEO of Boys & Girls Clubs located in Greater Sacramento and Stockton.
About California Water Service Group
California Water Service Group is the parent company of regulated utilities California Water Service, Hawaii Water Service, New Mexico Water Service, and Washington Water Service, as well as Texas Water Service, a utility holding company. Together, these companies provide regulated and unregulated water service to more than 2 million people in California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Texas and Hawaii. The common shares of California Water Service Group are listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “CWT”. Additional information is available online at www.calwatergroup.com.