Each of us possesses a remarkable gift: the power to help. We exercise it by listening to one another, lending a hand, sharing resources and showing kindness. Each of our Impact Partners have shared their gifts with us, which has allowed Women In Distress to continue to provide quality services to our participants free of charge – giving hope and a chance for a new start to families in crisis.The following Impact Partners enhance the services we provide to the women, men and children we serve. Their ideas, wisdom and philanthropic investments help us to continue reaching our goal of keeping families safe. For information on how your company can become an Impact Partner, click here.
Janet A. Boyle, a long-time philanthropist and community leader, has been a tremendous supporter of Women In Distress for many years. Her support notably includes a $1 million endowment to ensure sustainable funding for our programs and services. Janet Boyle’s generosity established a legacy that would benefit Women In Distress, its participants, and employees for future generations.
Owner of the Signature Grand, Arlene Pecora, is a member of the Women In Distress Board of Directors and strong advocate for keeping families safe. The Signature Grand is the host each year for two Women In Distress signature events: The Starfish Luncheon in May and The Giving Breakfast in February.
JM Family Enterprises, Inc. and SE Toyota have been Annual Impact Partners for over two decades, giving a total of over $1.1 million in financial and in-kind contributions. Their employees have provided hundreds of volunteer hours, especially to assist with the move into the new Jim & Jan Moran Family Center in 2010-2011.
Through grants, event sponsorships, media coverage, and in-kind donations, the SunSentinel has contributed a total of over $415,000 to Women In Distress. With an employee-led SAFEWALK team each year, the SunSentinel contributes to helping our families in many different ways.
Bank of America provides so much for families in need, most notably through grant funding of our programs and services. In addition to financial contributions, Bank of America employees regularly collect in-kind donations of clothing for the Women In Distress Thrift Store and hold donation drives to help families during the holidays.
Since 2011, Pollo Tropical has been an Impact Partner and has made not only financial contributions through event sponsorships, but also sponsors a monthly Family Dinner Night for the families in our shelter. As the Presenting Sponsor for our annual SAFEWALK-RUN 5K, Pollo Tropical is committed to taking a step to end domestic violence.
Since 2009, Panera Bread has supported Women In Distress by selecting our agency to be the beneficiary of their “Operation Dough-Nation” change collection at store registers. In addition, they also provide a weekly donation of baked goods and bread to the families in our shelter.
Publix Super Markets, Inc. Women In Distress through annual contributions from the Food For All program. At our Family Center, families are able to get necessary items from the Publix Pantry to prepare meals on their own, according to their taste and diet. Thanks to Publix, the families we serve are able to cook healthy, delicious meals, and never have to worry that their children will go hungry.
Since 2009, FPL has supported Women In Distress and the families we serve through financial contributions and event sponsorships, including the Presenting Sponsor of the annual Giving Breakfast. In addition, FPL has one of the largest teams each year at our annual SAFEWALK-RUN 5K and the employees have donated countless volunteer hours to help families in crisis. Isabel Hebert, External Affairs Manager at FPL, is proud to serve on the Board of Directors of Women In Distress.
Yellow Cab provides secure transportation for Fort Lauderdale residents to the Emergency Shelter at no cost. This is especially beneficial to our families who have left an abusive situation and need transportation to work as they rebuild their lives.
Successful partnerships with foundations, government and corporations are fundamental to supporting the families we serve. The following partners support our mission with necessary grants that enable us to provide shelter, counseling and education to victims of domestic violence.