Pete O'Connor proudly supports the following charities and causes:
Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event designed to celebrate survivorship and raise money for research and programs of your American Cancer Society. During the event, teams of people gather at schools, fairgrounds, or parks and take turns walking or running laps. Each team tries to keep at least one team member on the track at all times.
"You see, I do something real good for three people. And then when they ask how they can pay it back, I say they have to Pay It Forward. To three more people. Each. So nine people get helped. Then those people have to do twenty-seven." He turned on the calculator, punched in a few numbers. "Then it sort of spreads out, see. To eighty-one. Then two hundred forty-three. Then seven hundred twenty-nine. Then two thousand, one hundred eighty-seven. See how big it gets?"
Women and Children’s Horizons was established in 1976 and is the oldest incorporated shelter in Wisconsin. The foundation for Women and Children’s was set in April, 1976 when a Kenosha Vista supervisor became disturbed by statistics which showed the undeniable seriousness of domestic violence against women. Together with twenty two other women and men, the group set up WCH's first 24 hour crisis line.
With only one public service announcement, the response to the crisis line was staggering, fielding 50 calls within a 24 hour period. Recognizing the strong community need, the group legally incorporated Women’s Horizons, (later renamed Women and Children's Horizons) in October 1976. Today WCH is a well respected agency in the Kenosha community and has broadened its mission and extended services well beyond the 24 hour crisis line.