WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts (July 10, 2014) – Three United Ways, with service territories spanning coast to coast across the United States, will launch United Way Youth Venture programs as a result of seed grants awarded by Tyco SimplexGrinnell, a leader in the fire and life-safety industry.
The grants, ranging from $20,000 to $30,000, will go to the United Way of Long Island, New York, the United Way of Medina County near Cleveland, Ohio, and the United Way of Silicon Valley in San Jose, California. The support is made possible by the funds that employees from Tyco SimplexGrinnell and Tyco Integrated Security contributed during the recently concluded annual United Way Campaign.
This fall, the three United Ways will implement the innovative and successful school-based program, which empowers students to design and launch social ventures that build leadership and teamwork skills and provide a positive impact in the community.
The new grant funding represents the latest advancements in Tyco SimplexGrinnell’s ongoing effort to spread United Way Youth Venture across the United States. Over the past five years, Tyco SimplexGrinnell has provided grants and other support to establish United Way Youth Venture programs in 10 United Way organizations.
Tyco SimplexGrinnell President Bob Chauvin said the grants are the result of the generosity displayed by employees in support of the company’s commitment to build stronger, safer communities. “We care deeply about our communities, and Youth Venture is an amazing program that is developing the leaders of tomorrow and making the world a better place,” said Chauvin. “We are pleased to play a role in expanding this program and helping redefine the role of young people as leaders of social change.”
United Ways throughout the country were invited to submit proposals to Tyco SimplexGrinnell on how they would implement the program. The United Way of North Central Massachusetts, which founded United Way Youth Venture, works in partnership with Tyco SimplexGrinnell on the grant process and the ongoing growth and development of the program.
About Tyco SimplexGrinnell
Tyco SimplexGrinnell is a longtime leader in fire and life safety, with one million customers and a history that dates back to the mid 1800s. Tyco 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. Tyco SimplexGrinnell has 11,000 employees and serves customers through 150 company-owned offices in the United States and Canada. For more information, visit www.simplexgrinnell.com.