What We Do

The PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION tries to do as many good actions as possible to counteract the evil that truly exists in the world today. We feel that we all must make a commitment to do what we can to make this world a better place.

At the age of 11, MICHAELA PETIT was taken by Gandhi's quotation, "YOU MUST BE THE CHANGE YOU WISH TO SEE IN THE WORLD." The Foundation is helping to "be the change" by funding different programs that are consistent with our mission statement and goals. We are a new Foundation and are mainly funding programs that can help a larger number of people and give our donors and the programs we fund the biggest bang for our investment. We are doing our best to fulfill our mission statement. We want to remember three very special women, JENNIFER LYNN HAWKE-PETIT, HAYLEY ELIZABETH PETIT, and MICHAELA ROSE PETIT, who were ruthlessly taken from us by very evil men who have no place in a moral and just society.

These special women's futures and abilities that were helping to change the world were destroyed by evil. We need to stand for JENNIFER, HAYLEY, and MICHAELA along with the many other victims of violent crime that are often forgotten by a media uninterested in focusing on the victims and the rights of those left behind. The PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION is trying to change the focus towards that which is truly important and that which JENNIFER, HAYLEY, and MICHAELA taught us through their example. We need to replace evil with ACTIVISM, IDEALISM, and KINDNESS.

Specifically the PETIT FAMILY FOUNDATION wants to support the second line of our mission statement and help with the education of young people, help those affected by chronic illness and help and protect those affected by violence. We need to remember the good in all.

As we are a new Foundation, still building our financial resources, we currently only fund programs (in all three areas--education, chronic illness, and helping those affected by violence), rather than individuals, as this creates the greatest benefit to the most people for the grants awarded.

STEM GALA WITH THE SPACE FOUNDATION

Sat, October 27, 2018 - info soon

RIDE FOR JUSTICE

Sun, tba, 2018 - info

GOLF TOURNAMENT

Mon, tba, 2019 - info

CHIPS FAMILY 5K ROAD RACE

Sun, tba, 2019 - info

MICHAELA’S GARDEN PROJECT

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HEADLINES

Sep 14 - Gap In Farmington Canal Heritage Trail In Cheshire Filled, And Remembers 11-Year-Old Michaela Petit
Sep 11 - Photos--Chips Petit Road Race by 4Biz Graphics, LLC
Aug 15 - Cheshire trail crossing project to include gardens thanks to volunteer group
Aug 13 - Summer Fellows Study Injury Prevention
Aug 10 - SAVE THE DATE - Sept 22, 2018 - Petit Family Foundation Harvest Day
July 23 - OUR VIEW: Foundation empowers women of the future
July 23 - Pancakes help ‘fuel’ annual Petit foundation road race in Plainville
July 22 - Racing for a reason: Road race supporting Petit Foundation draws hundreds
July 18 - Wings & Wheels delivers $21,000 for Petit Family Foundation and Plainville Food Pantry
July 18 - Chip's 5K to benefit Petit foundation kicks off Sunday
Petit Road Race coming up quickly
July 2 - 11th Annual Chip’s Family Restaurant 5k Road Race kicks off July 22
June 24 - Organizers already preparing for Petit Foundation 5K
June 22 - Speakers Inspire Audience at Regional Conference on Necrotizing Enterocolitis
June 16 - Petit Road Race planned for next month
June 15 - Petit Road Race soon to be off and running
June 13 - Petit Family Foundation Golf Tournament Set for Monday June 18
June 13 - Petit Family Foundation honors four area students for volunteer work May 30 - Beardsley Zoo receives $10,000 grant
May 30 - 3 Cares proudly sponsors 7th Annual Plainville Wings & Wheels Fly-in and Car Show
May 27 - Petit urges Cheshire Academy graduates to be kind, hopeful and persevering
May 26 - Cheshire Academy Graduation Kicks Off This Morning
May 22 - Petit Family Foundation and Space Foundation to Host Free Girls STEM Experience in Hartford, Connecticut
May 15 - New outdoor classroom unveiled at Shelton’s Perry Hill School
May 11 - New section of Cheshire trail expected to be completed this fall
May 7 - Photos from the 2018 Hayley Petit Cup Regatta

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RECENT GRANTS

Boy's & Girls Club of Bristol Family Center
The Diaper Bank
Domestic Violence Crisis Center
The Early Childhood Collaborative of Southington
Girl Scouts of Connecticut Inc.
Girl's on the Run Greater Hartford
Leadership, Education, & Athletics in Partnerships, Inc.(LEAP)
Madonna Place, Inc.
Mikey's Way Foundation
The Morgan Leary Vaughan Fund, Inc. (Morgan's Fund)
New Britain Youth Museum/New Britain Institute
The Resiliency Center of Newtown