We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
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FAQ for more information about our
We are proud to announce
our updated and simplified Soroptimist Dream
Soroptimist International of Willimantic Dream Grants help
women overcome obstacles to living their dreams. The new grant is
all about helping women who have faced economic and personal
hardships to live their dreams. The program helps women build a
better life for themselves. The Soroptimist Dream Grant
funds up to $500 which can be used for licensing fees, testing fees,
tuition or transportation including bus passes and gas cards. Please
visit our Awards Page
for more details on how to apply.
is the time of year we are usually hard at work preparing for our
annual Heart to Heart Ball which we have proudly held for 17 years.
Sadly, due to COVID-19, we will not be able to hold our major
fundraiser in March. We want to continue our mission of improving the
lives of women and girls and cannot do so without the generosity of
donors like you. We are asking for your support of our programs.
Willimantic Soroptimists have been active here in Eastern Connecticut
for 55 years! Over those years, your generous tax-deductible
donations have helped to make our community a better place for women
and girls. You will be recognized for your donation on our website,
in the newspaper, and on WILI on March 8, International Women’s Day.
commitment to improving the lives of women and girls, we have used our
funds to support the Domestic Violence Program., the Next Step
program, the Sexual Assault Crisis Center and to provide Dream Grants
to help women receive certifications. Our Live Your Dream Award is
given to a woman who is a head of household and needs training or
education to improve her life and the lives of her children. Our Dream
It Be It conference for girls provides information about safe choices
and career opportunities for high school girls from our 7 area high
behalf of all our members, as well as the community we serve, we want
to personally thank you for your continued support. It is genuinely
appreciated. We look forward to seeing you in the future at our
community-wide Appreciation Celebration or at the Ball on March 5th,
A special thank you
to Honorary Co-Chair Wayne Norman, The Chronicle, Lebanon Life and
This year over $2,700 will be distributed to the Sexual Assault
Crisis Center and United Services Domestic Violence Program. We are
beyond grateful for your donations and continued support. On
behalf of all our members as well as the women we serve, we thank
you. Together we can help spread awareness and help these important
programs thrive through this difficult time.
We extend our heartfelt thanks and gratitude to all our amazing
members, partners, sponsors,
guests, and volunteers who made our Heart to Heart Ball such a huge success. Your support helps us to empower women and
girls to live their dreams!! A listing of all our sponsors in on our
Heart to Heart
Our club is part of Soroptimist International of the
North Atlantic Region District 5.
Formerly the Northeastern Region, we recently began merging with the
North Atlantic Region to become its 5th District, and this
merger is anticipated to be complete by June 30, 2021. The merger will
allow our clubs to increase their collective impact by partnering with
other clubs and members to invest in the dreams of women and girls.
SIA North Atlantic Region District 5 represents approximately 200
business and professional women who are members of ten clubs in
Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. The District covers the
New England states - Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,
Rhode Island and Vermont.
Our Name, Soroptimist, was coined from the Latin "soro" and
"optima" meaning the best for women. Soroptimists are truly women at
their best...professional and executive women of all ages, cultures
and ethnic groups who are known leaders in their fields.
We are making a difference in our local
community and in the world!
Dr. Bernice Szafarek, Past Governor of SIANER, and Joan Merritt,
Membership Chair of SIANER, recently sat down and talked with Marilyn Dayton,
host of a local community TV program, "From this Corner" about our international organization, SOROPTIMIST.
Host Marilyn Dayton says "Towards the end of the
show, you will find yourself wondering "what can I do?" This
organization provides ways to help improve the lives of women and
girls all over the world through programs leading to social and
March 13th, 2011 by Cathy Standiford, Past SIA President
Sometimes it takes a personal story to help people move from
disbelief and denial into action. At this weekend’s Women of the
World Conference, actress Ashley Judd shared a personal story
about her friend’s daughter. After an argument with her parents
at the Atlanta airport, the daughter was picked up by a pimp
within one hour, and ultimately disappeared for 5 days.
Fortunately she was found–but what happened during those five days
has changed her life forever.
This is the video of Judd sharing the story
and calling for action:
Ashley Judd: Children Are Not for Sex