Monthly E-newsletter                                              April 2015

As we celebrate PEI Kids' 30th Anniversary, we want to take this opportunity to thank you for your ongoing interest and generous community support which has made this moment possible. Here's what's happening...
You're Invited to our 24th Annual Dinner and Auction
Spring is here; and it's time to join us in a "Spring Forward" celebration as we honor our past and the momentum gained over 30 years of service to the community.  Join us for our 24th Annual Dinner & Auction on Friday, April 17th, at the Green Acres Country Club in Lawrenceville for a festive evening of music, live & silent auctions, live entertainment, cocktails and fine cuisine... all for a great cause. Event sponsors include: 

The Tuchman Foundation Inc.
The Bartlett Family Foundation
PNC Bank
Capital Health
Customers Bank
Hill Wallack
AAA Mid-Atlantic
NJM Insurance Group
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Phoenix Advisors, LLC
Ventura Wealth Management

PEI Kids' mission is to promote and maintain a safe environment for all children. Proceeds from the event will benefit our programs and services which are provided at no charge for children and their families. For tickets, sponsorship information, or to donate an auction item, please contact Jesse Elliot at . Visit our event page  for information.

2015 Brings Renewed Support from PACF


Princeton Area Community Foundation (PACF) has awarded PEI Kids a total of $50,000 in grant funding in 2015 through it's Greater Mercer Grants program and the Fund for Women and Girls. The Greater Mercer Grants program benefits low-income individuals and families, and builds community within Mercer County and the immediately adjoining area. This general operating grant will support PEI Kids' operational needs throughout the year and enable us to continue providing professional services at no charge to children or their families. 


The Fund for Women and Girls is a passionate group of donors dedicated to supporting girls and the women who raise them throughout the greater Mercer County region. This funding will be used to continue PEI Kids' project,"Protecting our Daughters from Sexual Abuse Through Education and Support"-- a unique collaboration of our prevention and intervention departments' efforts to prevent child sexual abuse through community education, and provide counseling and support for girls who are victims of child sexual abuse and their mothers/caregivers.


"We are grateful to have such strong community support from PACF and the Fund for Women and Girls as well as from other donors who value PEI Kids' work and are committed to the future of Mercer County's children," says PEI Kids Executive Director, Roz Dashiell. "This support is much appreciated and is vial to our mission of promoting and maintaining a safe environment for children," she added. 

Rider University Hosts Enough Abuse Workshop


Since 2011 PEI Kids has been the lead agency for the Greater Mercer Coalition to Prevent Child Sexual Abuse which is part of the statewide Enough Abuse Campaign. Program volunteers present 1-3 hour Enough Abuse workshops which teach adults and older teens how to recognize signs indicating abuse in children, recognize risky behaviors in adults, and respond appropriately to children who disclose abuse. There are four Enough Abuse workshops geared specifically to the needs and knowledge of the particular audience. 

In the first quarter of 2015, PEI Kids presented six Enough Abuse workshops to approximately 300 Mercer County adults, including the education students at Rider University. These students were able to gain a new understanding of child sexual abuse, in addition to learning how to prevent, identify and respond to child sexual abuse. This is particularly important to current and future child-serving professionals, like Rider University's education majors, since it helps them understand how to create proper child safety plans. The Enough Abuse workshops are available throughout Mercer County. If you are interested in hosting one of these free, community workshops please contact Melody Powell at

Fran Ameri
Lisa Young
Welcome Our Newest Office Volunteers!

PEI Kids would like to recognize our two newest office volunteers, Fran Ameri and Lisa Young, for dedicating their time and talent to assist with office duties and administrative projects. Each of the ladies comes in once a week to perform data entry, assist with events and event-related activities, update our mailing lists, help with marketing efforts and handle other projects as needed. 

There are always volunteer opportunities available at PEI Kids. We are still accepting volunteers to help the night of our 24th Annual Dinner and Auction (April 17th) and for other special projects. For information about volunteering, please contact Jiji Monosiet at or become a member of our online volunteer group on Facebook.

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PEI Kids is dedicated to promoting and maintaining a safe environment for all children. PEI Kids works with the child, family, and caregiver to provide prevention, intervention and advocacy programs relating to personal safety, sexual abuse, and the overall well-being of the child.