Translate this site:
A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Soroptimist International of the Americas clubs are the muscle that moves our mission. Without their work and dedication, Soroptimist programs would not reach the women who need them. Clubs implement federation programs such as the Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, but they also evaluate conditions in their communities and decide how best to address local need. That can range from providing low-income women with mammograms, to funding a shelter for women who have been trafficked, to holding seminars for at-risk girls. These service projects are representative of the thousands of hours and dollars contributed by Soroptimist club members throughout 19 countries and territories.
The Blumenau Leste, Brazil, club is increasing women’s self-esteem and enhancing their earning potential by teaching local women painting and home construction skills.
The club in Burlington, Washington, recently held its second annual “I’m Proud to BEE Me—Celebrating Girl Power” event. The self-esteem workshop was designed to help 6th grade girls realize the importance of independence, self-esteem, respect and leadership. The club plans on holding a larger two-day workshop in the future.
The club in Fremont, Ohio, provided educational materials and forums for teens, parents, and community members on healthy dating relationships and teen dating violence. Club members organized and promoted presentations for two high schools, ran an educational workshop for parents and community members, and prepared and presented a curriculum at a local pregnancy crisis center. The club’s objectives for the project were to increase awareness of healthy relationships and teen dating violence, and to train teachers on how to incorporate education about healthy relationships and teen dating violence into their curriculum. Pre- and post-assembly surveys indicated that students developed an understanding of what constitutes healthy and abusive relationships, and what actions can be taken in response to abuse.
Soroptimist clubs in the five Japan regions established a joint project, Kizuna Project— Heart to Heart. The three-year project will provide scholarships for high school girls who lost both of their parents as a result of the recent disasters. The girls will receive about $400 per month for three years while in high school. The scholarships will be financed by donations the regions have already received from Soroptimist clubs and regions worldwide.
The Manhattan Beach, California, club recently delivered its 200th comfort bag to women undergoing chemotherapy treatment. Club members purchased items with a $5,000 Community impact grant from the New York Life Foundation, a $3,500 Soroptimist Club Grant for Women and Girls, and donations collected at fundraisers. The bags include resource pamphlets, digital thermometers, eye drops, pillows and other personal care items.
Through its Adopt-a-Village project, the Toms River, New Jersey, club provides high school girls with SAT preparation tools, college navigation skills and help with financial aid options for continuing education. The club will use its $8,000 Soroptimist Club Grant for Women and Girls to provide the girls with transportation to and from college fairs, and to pay for SAT online course subcriptions and study guides.
The Zanesville, Ohio, club partnered with Zane State College and Zandex Health Care, Inc., to hold a Teen Dating Violence Awareness event. Club members organized a panel discussion on the current laws, prevention information, and warning signs of abusive relationships. Panelists included representatives from local law enforcement agencies and domestic violence organizations. More than 120 community members attended the event.
The Rizal, Philippines club held a two-day seminar entitled “Mentoring for Children’s Protection” The event attracted more than 140 teenage girls and focused on teen dating violence, human trafficking and the importance of education. The club invited speakers from local organizations such as the Taytay National Police’s Women’s and Children’s Protection Desk. The event was televised by the TayTay Community Channel.
The Edsa Villagers, Phillippines, club held an event to raise awareness about cervical cancer. The club provided free screenings to more than 25 low-income women in the community. Club member and obstetrician-gynecologist, Adorcion M. Vergara, donated her time and performed the screenings, while the rest of the club assisted with overall preparations for the event.
Through its Positive Images House Project, the Grosse Pointe, Michigan, club is repairing and renovating a home for women recovering from alcohol and chemical addiction. With the help of a $7,000 Soroptimist Club Grant for Women and Girls, the club will purchase furniture and supplies for the house.
In an effort to support Japanese earthquake vicitms, the Ondo, Japan, Soroptimist club hosted a charity auction night, which raised more than $16,000. The club used the funds to support Soroptimist clubs in the devastated areas, as well as to aid local shelters for women. More than 150 members from the community attended the event.