Petit Family Foundation Awards Grant to the Women’s Center


The Women’s Center recently received a $10,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation. These funds will help to support the Center’s free and critical primary prevention education in local schools. During the 2012 fiscal year, the Women’s Center provided more than 700 comprehensive education and prevention programs in our 13-town service area. These services were provided by specially trained and certified staff and volunteers in pre-school, elementary, middle and high schools, on college campuses, as well as to community youth groups, sports teams and organizations.

Pat Zachman, Executive Director, stated “this funding could not have come at a better time, as the fiscal climate continues to challenge non-profits to do more and more with less and less. The Women’s Center is very grateful to the Petit Family Foundation for their generous recognition and support of our efforts to address the potentially 
lethal behaviors of dating violence, date rape, sexual harassment, and bullying 
before they take root.”

The Petit Family Foundation honors the memories of Jennifer Hawke-Petit, Hayley Elizabeth Petit, and Michaela Rose Petit by continuing the kindness, idealism and activism that defined their lives. The Foundation’s funds are given to foster the 
education of young people, especially women in the sciences; to improve the lives of those affected by chronic illness; and to support efforts to protect and help those affected by violence. For more information, .