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Friday, December 3, 2021

Join us to enable at-risk young women and girls in Greater Hartford to become resilient, confident and independent, and those who have experienced abuse and neglect to heal.

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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.

Girl Within Committee

Chair: Jeanmarie Cooper

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

Past Women of the Year


Racquel Santana


Dr. Estela López


Carrie Firestone


Francine Christiansen


Alison Coolbrith


Carle Mowell


JoAnn Price


Linda Carlson


Sallie Norris


Janet Bailey

Young Women Featured at Previous Events

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

Upcoming Events

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Village Coats for Kids Drive

Sat, October 2, 9:00am - Sat, October 2, 3:00pm

175 Park Rd, West Hartford, CT 06119-2012, United States Map

Help us provide 500 new or gently used warm coats before winter!

Drop off your coat at our West Hartford Second Chance Shop on Saturday, October 2 from 9:00am-3:00pm or donate at

Enjoy a 22% discount at the Shop in celebration of the Parade’s 22nd year!
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