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Tyco SimplexGrinnell Awards Two Grants to United Ways Across the U.S. to Continue Expansion of Youth Venture Leadership Program

WESTMINSTER, Massachusetts  – Two United Ways 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 $30,000 grants will go to the Pike Peaks United Way, located in Colorado Springs, Colorado and United Way of Greater New Bedford, serving southeastern Massachusetts. 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 two 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 13 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

About United Way of North Central Massachusetts

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts, in Athol, Gardner, Fitchburg, Leominster and the surrounding 19 towns, is creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on the basic things we all need for a good life: education, income, health and safety net services. For additional information, visit www.uwncm.org.

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 www.uwyv.org.