Long on the back burner at AWARE was our plan for Workplace Wellness. It took a call from Joe Parrish at Pavitt Health and Fitness to bring it to the front. Pavitt’s was interested in ensuring workplace wellness reached AWARE and had some ideas about partnering to bring this goal to fruition. We met and got to work. AWARE formed a workplace wellness committee, we surveyed our staff and we created a policy based on some resources Joe provided us. Pavitt’s offered incentives — for every new member joining Pavitt’s in September, that first month’s membership would be donated to AWARE. Additionally, AWARE staff would receive a 10 percent discount on their annual membership. If you’re thinking, “Wow, what a gift to AWARE,” you read my mind.
We met at Pavitt Health & Fitness on Oct. 30. AWARE staff received a warm welcome, healthy snacks and a tour of their wonderful facility. We also received a check for $2,850 from the September new member dues. Thank you to Joe Parrish, Corey Pavitt, and the Pavitt staff for your foresight and hospitality. The funds we received will be used to support AWARE staff and residents in wellness in work to provide safety and resources for victims of domestic and sexual violence.