Soroptimist Intn’t


About our organization

Soroptimist is an international organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls.

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Watch this video from Soroptimist member Kathy McAfee

How does Soroptimist work?
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work to their communities. Club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs including the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, the Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women, the Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award and Soroptimists STOP Trafficking. Clubs also participate in the Live Your Dream campaign, which encourages all women to live their dreams while helping others to do the same.

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About our local club

The Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley chapter (SIFV) presents several programs throughout the year which empower women and girls by building self esteem and confidence.  Funds raised support charitable organizations such as My Sister’s Place, a shelter for women in transition and also provide grants to young women who display outstanding community service.

We also actively raise money for and volunteer to help out Prudence Crandall Center to end domestic violence.

Several of our members have begun a young girls mentoring program called Girls Connect, focused on building the self-esteem of adolescent girls so we can head off many of the problems they may face as they grow up.

Other members of our Soroptimist club have started the women’s self defense workshop initiative to help women find the inner strength and physical techniques to defend themselves.

We even have a committee that is working to educate ourselves on the issues involving human trafficking right here in Connecticut, where women, girls and even boys are being sold for sexual services. This must be stopped!

As you can see, where there is a need, Soroptimists are there to help women and girls improve their lives in whatever ways that we can!

Our Farmington Valley CT club is part of the Soroptimist of the Northeastern Region. Check out our regional web site to find out more details including contact information for clubs in this region. We’d love to have you join us and become a Soroptimst!

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