Volunteerism is a family tradition, and after serving in many capacities during her daughter’s school years, from forming Band Booster organizations, teen clubs and PTA she turned her extra energies into her work. Being on the original team that created the Family Justice Center and the MCFJC Foundation, transitioning to a board member after retirement was a natural volunteer progression. She assists the board with coordinating the financial needs of the center with the funds of the Foundation. She also works behind the scenes of the yearly Benefit keeping the lines moving at check in and check out, which often proves to be not an easy task!
Ms. Ricchiuti’s true inspiration comes the compelling concept of an FJC — providing an easier way for victims in crisis to receive comprehensive assistance to stay safe. Honored to be part of such a great foundation, she also is active in expanding the Safe Start Counseling Program for children exposed to domestic violence, a program she helped implement 10 years ago in the Sheriff’s Office. Breaking the cycle of domestic violence starts with children, so her efforts on the board are geared towards that purpose, recently implementing the foundation’s new arts initiative into the Safe Start counseling component.