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Friday, December 2, 2022 

11:30am-1:00pm

Connecticut Convention Center 

 Saher Ashraf was the 2021 Young Woman of the Year.

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A History of Serving Young Women & Girls

Founded in 1809, The Village has a long history of helping young women and girls who need guidance and support to become resilient, confident and independent, and those who have experienced abuse and neglect to heal. Proceeds from the event support early intervention, educational and empowerment programs for young women, girls and their families, as well as therapeutic, residential and educational support in safe, caring environments. The mission of The Village is to build a community of strong, healthy families who protect and nurture children. We are now pleased to extend our exceptional care to adults by offering mental health counseling and substance abuse treatment.

Woman of the Year

Each year, a woman is honored at the event for her extraordinary service to girls and young women. The Woman of the Year is a volunteer who advocates for at-risk girls and young women, motivates and inspires young women to realize their potential, creates meaningful opportunities for the community to support programs that serve young women and has had a transformative effect on a young woman’s life.

Past Women of the Year

2021

Paula S. Gilberto

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2020

Racquel Santana

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2019

Dr. Estela López

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2018

Carrie Firestone

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2017

Francine Christiansen

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2016

Alison Coolbrith

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2015

Carle Mowell

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2014

JoAnn Price

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2013

Linda Carlson

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2012

Sallie Norris

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2011

Janet Bailey

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2021 Girl Within Virtual Event

This afternoon was filled with hope and inspiration.

Paula Gilberto, 2021 Woman of the Year, inspired us with her leadership, support and her commitment to helping girls and young women.

Liza inspired us with her resilience.

Davine inspired us with her perseverance.

2020 Girl Within Virtual Event

The 2020 Girl Within Virtual Event was filled with hope and inspiration at The Girl Within Virtual Event! Racquel Santana, 2020 Woman of the Year, inspired us to turn empathy into action by supporting girls and young women at every stage of their lives. Clients Leah, Pauline and Alyissa and Village staff member Tiffany inspired us with their stories of hope and selflessness.

Girl Within Event Selected Photos

Girl Within Committee

Chair: Jeanmarie Cooper

Members: Carlene Bush, Carrie Casciani, Judy Coughlin, Cathy Iacovazzi, Diane Lipes, Patricia Marealle, Dr. Elsa Núñez, Bonnie Parry, Damaris Rivera and Laura Steven

Upcoming Events

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Lunch Break: Internet Safety with Expert Scott Driscoll

Tue, August 16, 12:00pm - Tue, August 16, 12:30pm

Join us on Tuesday, August 16 at noon for an episode of Lunch Break With The Village on Internet Safety. Founder of Internet Safety Concepts Scott Driscoll will discuss:

- Today’s popular apps or programs
- The pros and cons of social media
- Tips for parents on how to keep their children safe online

As a previous law enforcement officer—and having served on a federal task force combatting crimes against children—Driscoll is well-aware of the potential dangers to children that come with being online. Join us and discover the risks involved with internet use and how to remedy these dangers to keep your family safe.

Please share this Facebook Live event with anyone who would benefit from joining the conversation. These online events are free.

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11th Annual KIDSAFE CT Car Show

Sat, August 20, 9:00am - Sat, August 20, 2:00pm

Tolland County Agricultural Center24 Hyde Avenue (Route 30)Vernon, CT06066 Map

Join us for a day of cars, fun, music and food at the 11th Annual KIDSAFE CT Car Show on Saturday, August 20 from 9:00am-2:00pm (rain or shine!). Free for spectators!

✅ REGISTER HERE: thevillage.org/kidsafe-ct-car-show/
$10 car registration, or register as a spectator (free!) for a chance to win great prizes.

The event will take place on the grass at the Tolland County Agricultural Center.

All proceeds benefit KIDSAFE CT and our work to partner with the community to educate and empower families and promote the well-being of young people.

⭐ Thank you to our presenting sponsor, Kloter Farms! ⭐
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Village Back-to-School Drive at Staples (Glastonbury)

Sat, August 27, 11:00am - Sat, August 27, 1:00pm

Staples49 Putnam BlvdGlastonbury, CT06033 Map

🎒 Help provide 1,000 backpacks before school starts!

Children throughout Greater Hartford need help getting the basic supplies required to start the school year—including backpacks, pencils and notebooks.

Join The Village at Staples in Glastonbury, West Simsbury or West Hartford on Saturday, August 27 from 11:00am-1:00pm to help ensure that a child can walk into school on the first day prepared and confident.

Donations of school supplies or monetary gifts can be made in person at these Staples locations on August 27. Make a donation and qualify to win a Staples gift card!

➡️ Want to help now? Click here to give online: thevillage.org/back-to-school-drive/

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📍 LOCATIONS:
Staples Glastonbury (49 Putnam Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033)
Staples West Simsbury (15 Albany Tpke, West Simsbury, CT 06092)
Staples West Hartford (2550 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117)
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Village Back-to-School Drive at Staples (West Simsbury)

Sat, August 27, 11:00am - Sat, August 27, 1:00pm

Staples15 Albany TpkeWest Simsbury, CT06092 Map

🎒 Help provide 1,000 backpacks before school starts!

Children throughout Greater Hartford need help getting the basic supplies required to start the school year—including backpacks, pencils and notebooks.

Join The Village at Staples in Glastonbury, West Simsbury or West Hartford on Saturday, August 27 from 11:00am-1:00pm to help ensure that a child can walk into school on the first day prepared and confident.

Donations of school supplies or monetary gifts can be made in person at these Staples locations on August 27. Make a donation and qualify to win a Staples gift card!

➡️ Want to help now? Click here to give online: thevillage.org/back-to-school-drive/

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📍 LOCATIONS:
Staples Glastonbury (49 Putnam Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033)
Staples West Simsbury (15 Albany Tpke, West Simsbury, CT 06092)
Staples West Hartford (2550 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117)
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Village Back-to-School Drive at Staples (West Hartford)

Sat, August 27, 11:00am - Sat, August 27, 1:00pm

Staples2550 Albany AvenueWest Hartford, CT06117 Map

🎒 Help provide 1,000 backpacks before school starts!

Children throughout Greater Hartford need help getting the basic supplies required to start the school year—including backpacks, pencils and notebooks.

Join The Village at Staples in Glastonbury, West Simsbury or West Hartford on Saturday, August 27 from 11:00am-1:00pm to help ensure that a child can walk into school on the first day prepared and confident.

Donations of school supplies or monetary gifts can be made in person at these Staples locations on August 27. Make a donation and qualify to win a Staples gift card!

➡️ Want to help now? Click here to give online: thevillage.org/back-to-school-drive/

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📍 LOCATIONS:
Staples Glastonbury (49 Putnam Blvd, Glastonbury, CT 06033)
Staples West Simsbury (15 Albany Tpke, West Simsbury, CT 06092)
Staples West Hartford (2550 Albany Ave, West Hartford, CT 06117)
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2 interested  ·  1 going