Eaton Corp. announced several “Powering Communities Grants” totaling $47,000 to support community organizations in the Milwaukee area. The donations will be used to enhance various programs and organizations that positively affect the lives of citizens throughout the region. The company’s “Powering Communities Grants” are intended to help improve the quality of life in communities where Eaton employees live, work and volunteer.
“Eaton is committed to giving something back to the communities in which it does business,” says Todd Park, human resources director for Eaton’s Industrial Controls Division. “We are proud to support these organizations because they offer valuable services and benefits to the citizens of Milwaukee and the surrounding areas.”
Funding recipients include:
• STEM Forward (formerly Engineers & Scientists of Milwaukee): $10,000 to support educational initiatives including the Rube Goldberg Machine Contest and the Future City Competition;
• Delphi House: $7,500 to purchase a new furnace for the foster home for large sibling groups;
• Special Olympics Wisconsin: $7,500 to sponsor various area competitions for people with cognitive disabilities. It also provides support for special initiatives such as the Athlete Leadership, Young Athletes and Healthy Athletes Programs;
• University of Wisconsin (Milwaukee): $7,500 to provide scholarship support for the College of Engineering and Applied Science Engineering Scholarship Fund;
• YMCA of Metropolitan Milwaukee: $7,500 to support its Black Achievers program which equips high school teens of color to work toward educational and career goals;
• 30th Street Industrial Corridor Corp.: $3,500 to purchase backpacks and school supplies for children in need. Eaton also partners with the Coalition for Hope Blockwatch to distribute the backpacks and school supplies; and
• Junior Achievement of Wisconsin: $3,500 to supply programming materials for Junior Achievement Excellence through ethics classes conducted in metro Milwaukee area high schools.
Eaton’s Milwaukee campus is the headquarters for the company’s Industrial Control Division, part of its Electrical Sector, as well as the company’s corporate Innovation Center. The campus employs about 150 people who provide engineering and marketing support to the division’s manufacturing locations, including research and development support for the company overall.