The Women’s Fund of Essex County announced this month that the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is the recipient of its 2019 Founder’s Circle Above and Beyond Award! According to The Women’s Fund’s guidelines, this unrestricted award of $30,000 is given to an agency whose “vision and work on behalf of women and girls is so exemplary that it goes above and beyond to meet the needs of its clients.”

Suzanne Dubus, Chief Executive Officer of Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center stated, “We are honored to accept this award from The Women’s Fund of Essex County, an organization whose efforts are needed and deeply appreciated in our local community. This award will serve as an ongoing reminder to strive for the above and beyond: for survivors, for today’s youth and tomorrow’s leaders, and for the safety of our greater community in our mission to end domestic violence.” Dubus added, “I want to acknowledge and thank the Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center’s staff, volunteers, Board of Directors and community partners without whose hard work, leadership and support our services would not be possible.”

Ro French, President of the Advisory Board of The Women’s Fund said, “Jeanne Geiger Crisis Center is a pioneer in its field. The Center’s work provides for the safety, well-being and self-sufficiency of communities and individuals of all ages.” French added, “Our founders were impressed with its free, comprehensive services that includes teaching life skills in the schools, engaging with communities, and providing the necessary tools and strategies in its work to end domestic violence and provide care for survivors and their families.”

Founded in 2003, The Women’s Fund of Essex County’s mission is to promote philanthropy and award grants to organizations that provide opportunities and promote solutions for women and girls in need or at risk throughout Essex County. Since its inception, The Women’s Fund has awarded over $2.3 million to more than 100 non-profit programs. The Women’s Fund is a field of interest fund of Essex County Community Foundation located in Danvers, MA.