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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.

Please view our FAQ for more information about our club!

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 ~
Aug. 12, 2021
- Thursday - 6:00pm - Back Pack Project for the Domestic Violence Shelter. We will be assembling the backpacks at the home of Joan Merritt.


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.

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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