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SimplexGrinnell grants expands United Way Youth Venture

Pamela Maeda, Vice President, Fundraising & Major Gifts at Aloha United Way, accepts $30,000 check from Dave Baer, Vice President, Marketing, SimplexGrinnell; Chris Woodcock, Director, Marketing Communications, SimplexGrinnell; and Bob Chauvin, SimplexGrinnell President.

WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts (August 1, 2013) – Aloha United Way in Honolulu, Hawaii will launch a youth leadership and community improvement program, thanks to a $30,000 grant awarded by SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco business, with funds contributed by employees during the company’s annual United Way Campaign.

The grant is the latest award in SimplexGrinnell’s ongoing effort to spread United Way Youth Venture, an innovative and successful youth leadership development program, throughout the United States. SimplexGrinnell, a leader in the fire and life-safety industry with 150 local offices in the United States and Canada, has provided grants and support over the past four years to establish United Way Youth Venture programs in nine communities. Locally, the program is managed by Mount Wachusett Community College and engages over 2,500 students.  

This fall, Aloha United Way will implement the school-based program, which empowers students to design and launch lasting social ventures that have a positive impact in the community.

“I want to thank SimplexGrinnell and its employees for this grant. We are very excited to implement this program, which is transforming young people’s lives,” said Pamela Maeda, vice president, fundraising & major gifts for Aloha United Way.

SimplexGrinnell President Bob Chauvin said the grant is the result of the generosity and strong community support displayed by the company’s employees. “Youth Venture is an amazing program that is developing the leaders of tomorrow and making our communities better and stronger,” said Chauvin, who serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the United Way of North Central Massachusetts.  “Youth venture students are change makers, and we are pleased to play a role in spreading this program throughout the United States as part of our commitment to community involvement and leadership.”

United Ways throughout the country submitted proposals on how they would implement the program. The United Way of North Central Massachusetts, which founded United Way Youth Venture, helped manage the process. The top applicants for the grant were invited to a half-day training session in Leominster, Mass. underwritten by SimplexGrinnell, to learn how to implement the program in their communities.

About SimplexGrinnell

SimplexGrinnell, a Tyco business, is a longtime leader in fire and life safety, with one million customers and a history that dates back to the mid 1800s. SimplexGrinnell is advancing safety and security with a comprehensive array of fire alarm, fire sprinkler, fire suppression, emergency communications, integrated security, sound, and healthcare communications systems and services. SimplexGrinnell has 9,500 employees and serves customers through 150 company-owned offices in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit


About United Way Youth Venture

In 2002, United Way of North Central Massachusetts, in partnership with Ashoka, founded United Way Youth Venture, a unique and collaborative partnership that helps schools launch lasting social ventures that create a positive impact on the community. These schools integrate United Way Youth Venture into their curriculum, after-school activities and special events. Mount Wachusett Community College manages the program for United Way. For additional information, visit