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For Immediate Release
December 21, 2001

The Siemon Company Supports Local Children with Gift to YouthNet

YouthNet program provides organized enrichment activities for under-privileged children in the greater Waterbury area

Watertown, CT — The Siemon Company, a worldwide leader in the structured cabling and telecommunications connectivity industries, announced today that it has made a significant donation on behalf of its customers to YouthNet, a Waterbury, CT based program designed to provide innovative after-school activities for inner city youths.

Started four years ago, YouthNet has provided organized, results-oriented programs for Waterbury's less fortunate children and their families. Targeted towards middle school aged students, YouthNet is a coalition of 14 separate agencies in the greater Waterbury area supported by the United Way of the Central Naugatuck Valley, Inc., the Waterbury Foundation, the Leever Foundation and the Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. Set up to track results, YouthNet has proved to have a very positive impact on the lives of over 400 participants - increasing test score, lowering absenteeism and much more. It has become a model for community program development.

"The Siemon Company is proud to be able to support such a worthy program as YouthNet," said Carl Siemon, President of The Siemon Company. "Typically we send holiday gifts to our customers to thank them for their support throughout the year. This year, we though it especially appropriate to remember those less fortunate in our community and make a donation in our customers' names to a children's charity. The holiday season always presents a unique opportunity to pause, reflect and remember our neighbors in need. We are happy to be able to support YouthNet in its admirable goal to help the under-privileged children of Waterbury."

"YouthNet participants take-part in programs as diverse as cooking, arts and crafts, computer and internet use and basketball with each program having a tutoring or homework help component. This combination of interesting educational activities, recreation and serious academic support has helped these children improve their grades and become more confident in themselves and their role in the community," said Kristen Bulkovitch, Chief Professional Officer of the United Way. "The Siemon Company's gift is another opportunity to combine our actions with others to create more opportunity than we would find on our own and strengthens our community as each human success perpetuates the next."

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About Siemon
Established in 1903, Siemon is an industry leader specialising in the design and manufacture of high quality, high performance low voltage infrastructure solutions and services for data centres, LANs and intelligent buildings. Headquartered in Connecticut, USA, with global sales, technical and logistics expertise spanning 100 countries, Siemon offers a comprehensive suite of copper and optical fibre cabling systems, cabinets, racks, cable management, data centre power and cooling systems and intelligent infrastructure management solutions.

With more than 400 patents specific to structured cabling, Siemon Labs invests heavily in R&D and the development of industry standards, underlining the company’s long-standing commitment to its customers and the industry. Siemon Interconnect Solutions (SIS) is a Siemon business unit comprised of a team of dedicated technical sales professionals supported by Siemon Labs, mechanical, electrical and signal integrity engineers committed to solving industry and customer driven interconnect challenges. Siemon provides custom network infrastructure solutions to OEMs, leading manufacturers, value-added resellers and system integrators.
For further information or supporting picture please contact:
CLEAR Communications
Susann Bladwell, PR Consultant
M: +49 (0)176 7863 4709
E: sbladwell@clearcommunictions.de

or

JoAnn Reynolds-Balanda
Director of Community Services
United Way of the Central Naugatuck Valley, Inc.
24 Leavenworth St.
Waterbury, CT 06723
Phone (203) 757-9855
Fax (860) 757-0867


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