CCBA – Chinatown Crime Watch Received $10K Grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation

Boston, Jan. 29, – The Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) – Chinatown Crime Watch announced today that it has received a $10,000.00 Public Safety Grant from Motorola Solutions Foundation on December 10, 2012 as part of the Public Safety and Security Institute. The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable arm of Motorola Solutions Inc. With this Grant, CCBA – Chinatown Crime Watch will be able to continue nightly patrols and serve the Boston/Chinatown community, which has an estimated population of 20,000, seven days a week including holidays and in inclement weather. The Motorola Solutions Foundation’s Public Safety Grants aim to support safety education and training programs for first responders, their families and the public in the United States and Canada.

Michael Wong of Chinatown Crime Watch receives Volunteers of the Year award from Mayor Menino at Boston Main Streets’ 16th Annual Awards Ceremony on May 17, 2012 (photo provided by Gilbert Ho of Chinatown Main Street).

The Chinatown Crime Watch team is comprised of volunteers who are residents of the Chinatown community. “All volunteers with their dedication is the key factor that makes this program so successful.” commented CCBA President, Rick Wong. “Team captains Michael Wong and Gilbert Ho are former CCBA presidents. With both on duties daily, seven days a week, I can say that Chinatown is in very good hands”.

In addition to residents, members of the Asian Students Association from Northeastern University, as part of their community service program, are also volunteers of Chinatown Crime Watch. Team members work closely with the Boston Police Department’s Crime Prevention Team. Neighborhood officers attend neighborhood and resident group meetings to promote safety and crime awareness and to discuss safety issues. The program continues to be modeled by other communities in Massachusetts, as close as the South End and as far as the Town of Onset in Cape Cod. Open communication
among Crime Watch programs foster information exchange and education opportunities, resulting in more efficient and successful programs.

Chinatown Crime Watch was highlighted in multiple major media such as the Boston Globe, the Boston Herald, Chronicle – WCVB Chanel 5 Boston, Asian Boston Magazine & Media Group, and local Chinese newspapers. The Team has also been the subject of interviews and case studies by journalism students from nearby Universities and Colleges such as Boston University and Emerson College.

“Motorola Solutions is dedicated to helping people be their best in the moments that matter,” said Matt Blakely, director of the Motorola Solutions Foundation. “Motorola Solutions Foundation aligns itself with this mission by supporting programs like CCBA – Chinatown Crime Watch that train people on how to respond to potential safety problems or recover from the loss of a first responder. We are proud to see these valuable programs make a positive impact in the communities where we live and work, such as the City of Boston.”

Through the Public Safety and Security Institute, the Motorola Solutions Foundation serves as an investor, convener and supporter of issues that affect the public safety of communities worldwide, providing leadership in the sector to drive innovation, grow, and engage the network of those interested in these issues.

The Motorola Solutions Foundation provides grants around the world with an emphasis on programming in communities where Motorola Solutions has a significant presence. For 84 years, Motorola has worked side-by-side with law enforcement to develop the solutions that support its mission. Since 2007, the foundation has provided over 25 million dollars in grants to public safety organizations in the U.S and Canada.

About the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England

Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association of New England (CCBA) is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization establish in 1923. Currently with 35 members consisting of family associations and community organizations, CCBA serves as the umbrella organization for the Chinese communities of New England. CCBA’s mission is to promote Asian culture and educate the youths on traditions and customs, advocate unity and harmony in the community and neighborhood, provide and promote a healthy and safe environment for all through education and volunteer services.

About Motorola Solutions Foundation

The Motorola Solutions Foundation is the charitable and philanthropic arm of Motorola Solutions. With employees located around the globe, Motorola Solutions seeks to benefit the communities where it operates. The company achieves this by making strategic grants, forging strong community partnerships and fostering innovation. The Motorola Solutions Foundation focuses its funding on public safety, disaster relief, employee programs and education, especially science, technology, engineering and math programming. For more information on Motorola Solutions Corporate and
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