WATERVILLE — Hardy Girls Healthy Women recently announced it has been honored with a 2012 Top-Rated Award by Great Non-profit, the leading provider of user reviews about nonprofit organizations.

“We are thrilled to be named a Top-Rated 2012 Nonprofit,” says Megan Williams, president of Hardy Girls Healthy Women, in a press release. “It is an honor and a great source of pride to have our work recognized in this way. We are so grateful to the supporters who made this possible. This year alone, we’ve served close to 1,000 girls across Maine in 2nd through 12th grade, empowering them with knowledge, critical thinking skills, and a platform to drive social change. Our Training Institute has served well over 1,000 adults working with girls here in the state and across the country. Our supporters and constituents, who contributed to the nomination, referenced our leadership, philosophy, and effective programs as reasons for their ratings.”

The award was based on the large number of positive reviews the program received — reviews written by volunteers, donors and clients. People posted their personal experience with the nonprofit.

Being on the Top-Rated List comes at an important time of the year, as donors look for causes to support during the holiday season.

“We are gratified by Hardy Girls Healthy Women for its work,” Perla Ni, CEO of Great Non-profit, said in the release. “They deserve to be discovered by more donors and volunteers who are looking for a great nonprofit to support.”