The Women’s Center recently received a $20,000 grant from the Fairfield County Community Foundation’s Fund for Women and Girls. These funds will help to support the Center’s free and confidential, critically needed services for adults and children provided through our three major programs: Domestic Violence Services, Sexual Assault Services, and Resource Services. During the 2014 fiscal year, the Women’s Center served a total of 25,960 residents in our 13-town service area. These services, provided by specially trained and certified staff and volunteers, include: Crisis intervention, including two 24-hour hotlines and emergency response to area hospitals and police departments; emergency shelter for adult and child victims of domestic and sexual violence; individual and support group counseling; individual and system advocacy; comprehensive community education, primary prevention and training programs for a wide range of audiences from pre-school to senior citizens.
Pat Zachman, President & CEO, 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. FairfieldCounty’s Community Foundation not only recognizes this, but has expanded their efforts to support organizations to meet the increased demand for their services. We are very grateful to The Fund for Women and Girls for this generous grant award to help sustain our programs.”
Fairfield County Community Foundation promotes philanthropy as a means to create change in FairfieldCounty, focusing on innovative and collaborative solutions to critical issues impacting the community. Individuals, families, corporations and organizations can establish charitable funds or contribute to existing funds. The Community Foundation is in compliance with the Council on Foundations’ national standards, and has awarded over $180 million in grants to nonprofits in FairfieldCounty and beyond. For more information, visit www.fccfoundation.org.
The Women’s 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 Women’s 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.