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 EXPERIENCE WITH THE SPACE FOUNDATION

Sat, October 27, 2018 - info

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

Nov 10 - Cheshire streets twinkle with generosity, hope during 14th annual luminary event
Oct 19 - United Community and Family Services awarded grant
Oct 14 - Girls invited to STEM Experience in Hartford
Oct 9 - Space Foundation and Petit Family Foundation Offer Free Girls STEM Experience in Hartford
Sep 23 - Trail features garden in memory of Michaela Petit
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

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RECENT GRANTS

ALS Association of CT
Cheshire Community Food Pantry
Children's Museum, Inc.
Connecticut Science Center
Family Promise of Central CT
Hospital of Central Connecticut
Interval House
Jackson Laboratory
Susan B. Anthony Project
United Community and Family Services
Women’s Mentoring Network, Inc.