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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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We are proud to announce our updated and simplified Soroptimist Dream Grant! 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.

Applicants can apply online for the Soroptimist Dream Grant at any time.

Upcoming Soroptimist Events ~

Heart to Heart Ball Fundraising Appeal

Dear Friends of Soroptimist of Willimantic, 

This 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.  

The 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.  

In our 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 schools. 

On 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, 2022. 

You can make your tax-deductible donation via our Facebook Page or you can complete and mail the Donation Form.


Ball Committee, Soroptimist International of Willimantic

Tax   ID # 06-1483446


Take a Stand to End Violence Against Women!

Soroptimist International of Willimantic
would like to thank everyone who stepped forward to
 Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence!

A special thank you to Honorary Co-Chair Wayne Norman, The Chronicle, Lebanon Life and WILI

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 Ball page.


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 economic empowerment."

Women Helping Women - The Story of Soroptimist



From Cathy Standiford's Soroptimist Blog ~
The Impact of Personal Stories

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



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