Walk of Life
Farmington Valley Soroptimist Club
We are a global volunteer organization working to
improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to
social and economic empowerment.
Your Dream Award
International Live Your Dream Awards assists women who provide the primary
source of financial support for their families by giving them the
resources they need to improve their education, skills and
This year’s application
for a financial award is due by November 15, 2019. Applicants
need to download and complete the
Eligibility form, the
for two (2) references. The Eligibility form needs to be completed
first to make sure your applicant will qualify for this award. We
encourage applicants to submit well before the deadline.
The best and easiest way to apply is on the SIA Website through the
application portal at this link:
In recent years, our club,
Soroptimist International of Farmington Valley, received
many applications. We had one winner who received the $3,000 award
AND other applications were forwarded to other regional clubs for
consideration. Three women won the award at the other clubs, for
various amounts. Additionally all the winners are considered for the
regional and national award levels.
Our club’s winner will be
notified in January, 2020.
More information about
this award and program is available at
Live Your Dream.
If you have any questions
or if your applicant needs guidance in completing the Eligibility
form or application, please contact
Suds for Sisters
A Toast to Women!
Sip and Paint
Do you live in the Farmington Valley
and want to learn more about our club? Then contact us! We'd love
to have you as a guest at an upcoming meeting or event!
Grace Academy, Hartford, CT ~
Grace Academy is an independent school dedicated to providing a
quality, tuition-free education to girls of all faiths from
low-income families residing in Hartford’s inner city neighborhoods.
Since opening in September 2010, SIFV has provided financial,
in-kind and service assistance to the school. SIFV members provide
workshops and help organize clubs for the girls to participate in.
We find this to be personally gratifying and the organization
greatly appreciates our assistance.
SIFV’s support includes:
- In the 2010-2011 club year, $2,000 in financial assistance
- In the 2011-2012 club year, $2,045 in financial assistance
- In the 2012-2013 club year, $1,200 in financial assistance
- Since 2014, SIFV has donated over
$20,000 in funds raised from its "A Toast to Women!"
wine/chocolate event to Grace Academy!
Grace Academy Cooking Club - SIFV members and Grace Academy
students enjoy the art of cooking!
Prudence Crandall Center (PCC), New Britain, CT ~
Over the last few years, SIFV has assisted PCC, the oldest domestic
violence program in the State of Connecticut, in several ways:
- In 2009, received a $7,000 Soroptimist Club
Grant for Women and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its
"SIFV & PCC Partners to Eradicate Domestic Violence" project. SIFV
was able to purchase beds, bedding, linens, etc. to outfit the new
- In 2010, received a $2,500 Soroptimist Club Grant for Women
and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its "Welcome to a
New Hope...a New Beginning" project. With these funds, the club
purchased items for, assembled and delivered "welcome" kits
containing personal care/hygiene items for women and infants
arriving to PCC's Emergency Shelter without these necessary items.
- In 2011, received a $500 Janet Pfeiler Advancing the Status of
Women club award from the Northeastern Region to help support its
"Helping Young Hearts Heal" project. With these funds, the club
purchased items such as paint/paint supplies, tables/chairs,
bookcases and other supplies to help establish a Child Resource
Center at PCC's Rose Hill facility. This resource center created a
bright, safe place to aid PCC's child population in its healing
SIFV member Tracy Scala with representatives from Prudence
Crandall Center in the Child Resource Room
- In July 2012, received a $750 Janet Pfeiler Advancing the
Status of Women club award from the Northeastern Region to help
support its "Welcome to a New Hope...a New Beginning" project (see
March 2013 – SIFV members sit in a "sea of blue" welcome kits for
Prudence Crandall Center
Also in July 2012, received a $7,000 Soroptimist Club Grant for
Women and Girls from SIA Federation to help support its "Helping
Teen Hearts Heal" project. SIFV was able to purchase furniture, a
large TV, home theater system, computer workstations and other
items to create a teen room at Prudence Crandall Center in order
for these victims to have a place for counseling sessions, to
complete homework and to have supervised movie/game nights.
SIFV members Tracy Scala, Joan Hofmann & Eileen Moskey on a site
visit to the PCC Teen Resource Room.
Photos of the PCC Teen Resource Room – furniture,
TV, computer workstations purchased
In October 2012, our club was honored to receive the PCC
"Impact" award at its annual meeting. Members were there to
receive the award on behalf of the club. Senator Richard
Blumenthal also honored the club with a special citation from his
office for its work with Prudence Crandall Center.
Awards given to SIFV for its philanthropic work
with Prudence Crandall Center
SIFV members receive the PCC Impact Award –
Left to right: Lydia Tedone, Joan Hofmann, Eileen Moskey & Tracy Scala
- In Summer of 2013, again received a $500 product grant from
"4imprint" (www.4imprint.com) for re-usable grocery shopping bags
with the Soroptimist "S" logo and "Best for Women" tagline for PCC
welcome kits. This donation will allow the club to continue this
project of donating kits in 2013 and 2014.
- Since 2014, SIFV has
donated over $20,000 in funds raised from its "A Toast to Women!"
wine/chocolate event to Prudence Crandall Center!
- Ongoing - financially via proceeds from our fundraisers and
through procured grants.
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