Women's Center Receives 8K Grant from Petit Family Foundation

Published on Friday, 17 July 2015 14:15

Written by Cheryl Kunst

The WomenÕs Center recently received an $8,000 grant from the Petit Family Foundation. These funds will be used to help meet increasing demand for the CenterÕs free and critical primary prevention education in local schools. During the 2014 fiscal year, the WomenÕs Center provided more than 800 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, President & CEO, stated Ōthis 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 WomenÕs Center is very grateful to the Petit Family Foundation for their generous recognition and support of our efforts to address the reduction of victimization, prevention of perpetrations of abuse, and the social roots of violence.Ķ

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 FoundationÕs 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, visit

The WomenÕs Center provides free and confidential services to prevent or lessen the trauma associated with domestic violence, sexual assault and other major life transitions to thousands of women, children and men annually. The programs of the WomenÕs Center are supported by state and local government, area United Way agencies and the people and businesses in the communities we serve including Bethel, Bridgewater, Brookfield, Danbury, Kent, New Fairfield, New Milford, Newtown, Redding, Ridgefield, Roxbury, Sherman, and Washington, CT.