Girls Inc. of Southwestern CT (Girls Inc. of SWCT) began its work in 1864 in Waterbury, CT. It was the will and compassion of the community and its most wise and affluent business leaders and entrepreneurs that originally supported the organization that began as the Waterbury Industrial School. Benefactors like Elisha Leavenworth (1814 -1911) left a bequest that would allow the organization to become what it is today; a primary empowerment zone that fosters the development and high achievement of girls who are strong, smart, and bold. Girls Inc. of SWCT has been fortunate to have partners like The Elisha Leavenworth Foundation, The MacDermid Corporation, Timex Group, The Greenwich Housing Authority, Christ Church in Greenwich, CT, The Waterbury Housing Authority, Watertown Parks and Recreation, and The United Way of Greater Waterbury to support, provide financial support or serve as in-kind partners in empowering girls. We encourage engagement with our community partners and are always looking for ways we can work together to achieve the common goals of good. If your organization or company is interested in learning more about the work we do and/or how you may support Girls Inc. of SWCT, please send an email to to learn more.
Our Community Partners
Greenwich Housing Authority
Fairfield County Community Foundation