People rely on Chubb Fire and Security, Inc. to feel safe. So it is no surprise Chubb is there each year to help the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund, which strives to make sure firefighter families are cared for when they need it most.
To support the charity, Chubb is a proud sponsor of the annual Hope for Firefighters event, a huge lunchtime street fest held the first Thursday each June, which honors the firefighters who risk their lives to serve and protect us every day. “I don’t think there is a more worthwhile cause than to support those who put themselves in harm’s way for us. We all owe our firefighters a debt of gratitude,” says Michael Merkel, a branch manager at Chubb.
For Chubb, good business ethics create good customer relations. But, beyond that, the leaders at Chubb Fire and Security, Inc. believe successful businesses can improve the human condition on a larger scale. The company demonstrates this by investing back into its own community through charitable giving programs, focusing on organizations that promote safer, healthier, and more secure environments.
It was because of this goal, looking to improve and help the community at large; Merkel first became involved with Widows & Orphans. “As a contractor involved in the Fire Life Safety industry in Los Angeles we work closely with the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department. It was through those connections that we became involved with Hope [for Firefighters].” He explains, “We are committed to stay involved with Hope because, I think, it’s the personal connections we have and knowledge that this supports our own.”
The charity’s staff members say its annual fundraisers simply could not succeed without this type of dedication and commitment from companies like Chubb. “Securing sponsorships and donations each year is extremely difficult for many non-profits, especially in these tough economic times,” says Marlene Casillas, Development & Marketing Director for the Widows, Orphans & Disabled Firemen’s Fund. “When a company embraces the cause the way Chubb Fire & Security has and is willing to support us year after year, it makes a huge difference and truly helps us achieve our mission. We are so grateful for the heartfelt dedication of Chubb’s leaders. They should know that they’ve made a positive impact on the lives of many people in need.”
Founded in 1818, Chubb, a UTC Fire & Security Company, is an installation and service company helping secure property and safeguard lives for over a million customers worldwide, including Canada, Hong Kong, Australia, New Zealand, Netherlands, France, Belgium and the U.K. A global leader in providing innovative fire safety, Chubb has been changing the way we live for more than 150 years and is committed to getting things right, providing solutions you can count on when you need them most. To learn more, visit the official Chubb Fire and Security Inc. website chubbfs.com.
By Emily Shuttleworth