Connecticut River Valley Soroptimist Club
Welcome to the World!
Happy Birthday Sweet Baby Girl!
Elena Khaleesi Mercado
8 lbs 7 oz
Born August 23, 2017
Congratulations Ruby & Mario Mercado!!
Each Soroptimist club, including our CRV club,
participates in the Live your Dream Award. This award
is provided annually and is FREE to apply. Each year a worthy woman
will be awarded money from the club to help her live her dream. She
must be the head of her household and continuing her education with
a financial need to qualify. See more information at
Each year, the members of the CRV club and community Take a
Stand Against Domestic Violence. Money is raised in the name
of domestic violence awareness and donated to the New Horizons’
Domestic Violence Services in Middletown, CT.
The CRV club hosts an Annual Clothesline Project. Each
year a great speaker shares her experiences as a survivor of
domestic violence. Many triumphant and powerful escapes from very
harmful relationships inspire our club to continue to raise
awareness. The event ends with a very heartfelt reading from the
Clothesline Project t-shirts that decorate the room.
The CRV club coordinates a Soroptimist Comfort Basket
project. Very full baskets of items that many families may need when
they move to a new home after a displacement are assembled and
donated. Some families come from domestic violence situations, and
others are recovering from homelessness or a tough time in their
lives. These baskets are intended to help these families settle into
their homes a little more comfortably.
Our club often collaborates with other service organizations in
Middletown, namely Altrusa and Civitan, in events such as Pack
the Pickup with Protein for the Food Pantry. This
partnership is a win for everyone as we are able to donate about
2,000 pounds of food to the Amazing Grace food pantry each year.
The CRV club
also participates in a mentorship relationship with High School aged
ladies. The S-Club at the Old Saybrook High School was
founded in October of 2014. The ladies from the S-Club share the
Soroptimist mission and mentor the S-Club to ensure their ideas come
to fruition at the High School.
supports the Amazing Grace Food Pantry’s Families Feeding Families
Program. Our club provides 35 boxes of rice each month for the food
pantry that serves the Middletown area.
provides over 100 emergency care bags
for the American Red Cross for their disaster relief program. The
bags are filled with a washcloth, soap, shampoo and other toiletry
are working with the local domestic violence program to help make
the community aware of services for victims.
Live Your Dreams Award ~
year our club awards a female head of household pursuing higher
education to improve her employment opportunities a monetary award
that she may use as she wishes while she is enrolled in school.
This is a signature project of Soroptimist.
Live Your Dream Awards are cash
awards that recipients may use for any expenses related to their
educational pursuits. These include tuition and books, housing,
child care and transportation. These awards are not scholarships.
The program begins at the club level. Our local winner is then
eligible for consideration of the Northeastern Region award which is
$5,000. The winner of the Region award is then eligible to receive
one of three $10,000 finalist awards from Soroptimist International
of the Americas.
Applications are received by our club
from October 1, 2016 to January 15, 2017. Applications received
after this deadline will not be considered. To receive an
application by mail, please
us. To download an application, please
You will also need to download the
that needs to be
completed. Both forms are in PDF format.
Chartered May, 1949
of each month, 6:00pm
Follow us on:
LUNA Fest 2019
By, For, About Women
March 16, 2019
One Riverside Drive
East Hartford, CT
Tickets: $10.00 Early Bird
$15.00 1/1 - 3/15
For more information, please visit
Joint Service Dinner
March 22, 2017, Wednesday, 6:15pm
Elks Club, Lower Level, North Entrance
44 Maynard Road, Middletown, CT
April 11, 2015
Saturday, 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Evening of Wine Tasting
523 Taugwonk Road, Stonington, CT
We invite you to step forward & declare:
I Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence
Make your tax deductible donation by October 31, 2013
Name of contributors will be listed in local newspapers on/or
near November 25th, the International Day for the Elimination of
Violence Against Women