Phil Grzewinski, left, president, of the United Way North Central Massachusetts Daniel Asquino, right, president of Mount Wachusett Community College, and

Phil Grzewinski, left, president, of the United Way North Central Massachusetts Daniel Asquino, right, president of Mount Wachusett Community College, and Bob Chauvin, president of Tyco SimplexGrinnell, second from right are shown with United Way Youth Venture grant recipients from Pikes Peak United Way and the United Way of Greater New Bedford. COURTESY PHOTO

By Peter Jasinski

pjasinski@sentinel andenterprise.com

WESTMINSTER — Employees of Tyco SimplexGrinnell’s Westminster office recently raised $10,000 in donations for the United Way of North Central Massachusetts as part of the company’s annual Workplace Fundraising Campaign.

The $10,000 is part of the $50,000 the company has raised through United Way’s Community Impact Fund programs, as well as the two additional $30,000 grants the company is giving for new United Way programs.

“Our partnership with Tyco SimplexGrinnel is invaluable, and the support received from the company and its employees is vitally important in helping us to advance the common good by creating opportunities for a better life in all the communities we serve,” said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

Employees of Tyco SimplexGrinnell and Tyco Integrated Security made up most of the fundraising force that brought in the money. The two $30,000 grants, dedicated to helping initiate new programs within the United Way, will go toward organizations run through New Bedford and Colorado Springs, Colo.

New grants, like the ones raised this year, are only the latest advancement made by Tyco SimplexGrinnell in trying to aid in the spread of volunteering and charitable organizations.

Over the past five years, the company has raised money for similar grants that have gone to 13 other United Way organizations that serve more than 3,000 students.

“We care deeply about our communities, and everyone at Tyco is proud of the way our employees stepped up to support this vital cause,” said Bob Chauvin, Tyco SimplexGrinnell president.

Chauvin said the annual fundraising campaign supports the company’s belief in the importance of giving back to local communities across North America.

“In Westminster, as in all of our locations, we strive to be a leader of the communities where we work and live,” Chauvin said. “By expanding United Way Venture and supporting Community Impact Funds in every corner of North America, we are fulfilling our commitment to make a difference in the world and help those in need.”

The United Way of North Central Massachusetts serves Leominster, Fitchburg, Gardner and 20 other area communities, and describes its goal as the creation of better lives through assistance in education, income, health, and safety-net services.

The Youth Venture program was started in North Central Massachusetts in 2002 as an effort to launch community building projects through local schools. More than 2,000 students living in the area covered by the United Way of North Central Massachusetts are currently participating in the program.