National Top Workplace Award

The Village for Families & Children One of Just Two CT Non-Profits to Win National Top Workplace Award

The Village for Families & Children has just been awarded the first-ever National Top Workplaces Non-Profit Industry Award, one of only two non-profits in Connecticut to earn such a distinction. Top Workplaces serves more than 60,000 organizations in the United States and hundreds in Connecticut. The awards are based exclusively on anonymous staff surveys.

The Village’s president & CEO, Galo Rodriguez, says the award speaks to The Village’s commitment to valuing and listening to its employees, “The Village has been around for 200 years but has never encountered a year like 2020. We were determined that the pandemic would not undermine our efforts to communicate with staff and build comradery. The award validates those efforts and I’m grateful to our staff for their feedback and being full partners in achieving our mission.”

Since 2011, The Village has won five prestigious Top Workplaces Regional Awards. The Award celebrates organizations that put their employees first by capturing anonymous feedback from employees in surveys. The five core values of The Village are Service, Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, and Stewardship.

The Village typically hosts numerous all-staff meetings, receptions and cultural events. Despite the pandemic, The Village maintained the schedule with virtual events and contests. It also created new communication channels and facilitated all-staff discussions about racial equity during the summer of 2020.

“I love working for The Village mainly because of the community aspect of it and because I love what I do. I love the fact that we dive into what we preach, and we literally practice what we preach.”

Yanique Grant, Village Licensed Clinician, Adult Services