December 29, 2010
To: All Those who have written letters and cards of support and prayer
We set up the Petit Family Foundation to memorialize my family and help others. The mission statement is as follows:
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 HELP FOSTER THE EDUCATION OF YOUNG PEOPLE, ESPECIALLY WOMEN IN THE SCIENCES; TO IMPROVE THE LIVES OF THOSE AFFECTED BY CHRONIC ILLNESSES; AND TO SUPPORT EFFORTS TO PROTECT AND HELP THOSE AFFECTED BY VIOLENCE.
The Petit Family Foundation has raised approximately 1.8 million dollars since inception.
The outpouring of support has been amazing. We have been overwhelmed by the generosity of the people from CT as well as from all over the USA. These achievements have been particularly inspirational because of the financial conditions during which they have occurred. We were in our first year in 2008 when funds became much scarcer as the recession hit; many lost their jobs; and there was less available for charitable causes.
We have helped many women who have been victims of domestic violence via support of 5 different shelters and programs throughout the state. We have helped improve both a middle school’s and a primary school’s science programs. We have tried to direct our money towards educational programs as opposed to individual scholarships so that we can aid the greatest number of people with the money we donate. We have helped an inner city program that cares for children in high school to see that they stay on track to graduate and helps them get into post HS educational programs—both colleges/universities and vocational programs.
We are using the Foundation as an endowed fund, as we want the work to continue in perpetuity. We have been extremely cautious with everyone’s donations and have not lost one cent of donated funds, as they have been invested very conservatively. We have only one half-time employee and have been fortunate to have volunteers for all our works and fundraisers. We have received many in-kind donations from corporations and small mom and pop businesses from all over the state.
I know that true evil does exist in the world, though many people refuse to see it. However, there are many more people who give of their time, talent and treasure to benefit others. We have received hundreds of letters from people who have told us that this tragedy and my words at the service at CCSU have inspired them to spend more time with their families; to tell their family and friends how much they love them; and to reach out and volunteer locally for many different causes throughout the state. We have been particularly touched by a number of children 8-12 years old who have not asked for birthday gifts, but have asked that their friends donate to the Foundation or another charity that is near and dear to their hearts.
I get my strength from my family, who is always there to support me as well as from the thousands of supporters who have reached out by mail and email to tell me that they are praying for me and have sent their good wishes of solidarity. Faith in God is important, though it certainly has been very difficult at times.
I believe that it is time for victims to begin to impact society more than the criminals, so that in the long run good will overcome evil.
In the words of M. Gandhi, “We all must be the change we wish to see in the world.”
I thank all those out there who have supported me and my family and the Foundation. I am thankful for the many contributions that have been made to the Foundation and the positive differences that we have been able to make in many lives as a result of those contributions. I look forward to being able to do more good and to improve many more lives as our Foundation grows into the future.
Once again thank you all very much. God bless you.
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