What is a Soroptimist?
Soroptimist International is a worldwide organization for women, working through service projects to advance human rights and the status of women. There are nearly 100,000 members in 120 countries working as “A Global Voice for Women”. The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best!
The Soroptimist mission, to improve the lives of women and children, is done mostly at the local club level. Clubs assess the needs of their communities and then undertake projects that will best fill those needs. Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the Soroptimist organization. In addition, clubs work on other projects specific to their communities, such as educating women about health risks, providing skills-training to low-income women, and raising awareness about issues that affect women and children. Communities rely on Soroptimist clubs to provide direct assistance to women and children who might otherwise not receive the help they need.
In 2017 Soroptimist International of Grass Valley (SIGV) donated over 17,000, serving women and children in our community. Our Youth Outreach Committee awarded recognition to three eighth graders for succeeding in school despite burdens in their own lives. Vocational scholarships were awarded to two senior students. A local woman, supporting her family while trying to improve her life, was recognized for their efforts with the Live Your Dream Award.. SIGV made donations to many local programs including Friendship Club, NEO, Interfaith Food Ministry, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Sierra Harvest, Child Advocates and Habitat for Humanity. SIGV is proud to be the founders of the KARE Crisis Nursery. The “idea” in the minds of a couple of Soroptimist members 12 years ago has blossomed into a much needed support center for infants and small children who need a safe place to stay during family challenges. SIGV provided backpacks for victims of sex trafficking, supported Bell Hill Academy with a Christmas Boutique and started The White Barn Project, a free uniform exchange for FFA and 4H students.
While at the Nevada County Fair in August take a walk on Treat Street and look at the amazing SIGV fair booth that was completed by volunteers four years ago. Enjoy a rice bowl of teriyaki chicken or veggies as a nice healthy pick-me-up during fair activities. In addition, with a partnership with Sierra College Foundation, SIGV has presented A Day for Women to celebrate and inform women. These activities help us support our mission.
SIGV is looking for a few good women in the greater Grass Valley area who would like to join them in making a difference in the lives of women and children – in our community and in the world. SIGV obligations are designed with a busy woman in mind, If you would like to make make a difference and have fun while feeling you have contributed to improving the lives of others, please call Judy East 268-0942 Jenni Johnston 530 906-4669.
SIGV has partnered with Wendy Weidler, an FFA parent, to present The White Barn Project, a clothing exchange for 4H and FFA families. We collected good used donated girls' and boys' white pants and shirts, 4H hats and scarves, FFA jackets, boots and belts before the fair and then distribute them to families. As we all know, children grow out of clothes quickly and the uniform is used for 5 days of the fair and can be very expensive. This free clothing exchange helped over 100 of our Ag students by recycling last year's clothes to this year's participants. The drop off locations included Interfaith Food Ministry, Riebes, Great Clips, Home Smart, Hay Barn, Simply Country GV, and TruValue Fence in Penn Valley. We distributed clothes to FFA and 4H members at the Pondersosa Hall at the Fairgrounds, Verger Mortgage and at our barn site at the Fair. If you have any clothes or money to donate to this cause, you can get a tax deductible letter from SIGV. Please contact us here if you have donations.
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley needs your help to provide dresses for young girls in Africa to prevent them from being victims of human sex trafficking. We need donations of materials, people to put the dresses together, money donations to get the materials. We have two "kitting"
sessions for this season planned for October 13 and November 17 from 11-3pm at Calvary Bible Church. This project will go throughout the year. Contact us here for more information. WE ARE PROUD TO ANNOUNCE THAT 350 DRESSES WERE MADE AND SENT TO AFRICA in January. An additional 150 were sent to Thailand and 100 to Kenya.
SIGV PRESENTS BACKPACKS TO HELP VICTIMS OF SEX TRAFFICKING
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley, an organization
endeavoring to support and empower women locally and
internationally, is teaming with Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital
of Nevada County to provide comfort for victims of human
trafficking. Often the young ladies arrive at the hospital with only
the clothes on their back. Here, Soroptimists Cindy Caruso and
Mary Sivila, Community Outreach Committee CoChairs deliver 6
backpacks filled with basic necessities to Stephanie Kreiter
SNMH Community Health, Outreach & Benefit Specialist for
On January 18, 2018, we celebrated two women with the Live Your Dream Award, given to women of primary support who is furthering her education. A monetary award was given and the recipient and her family were honored at our evening meeting. Joleen Mulligan will pursue a career in writing, while Hailee Patterson hopes to be a nurse.
The 33rd Annual Outstanding Effort Award was presented to 4 graduating 8th graders for overcoming obstacles. Jordan Vogt from Magnolia, Trinity Ragans from Union Hill, Cheyenne Bernal from Ready Springs and Lorreine Flores Ramirez from Lyman Gilmore, were honored at a luncheon, received a certificate and gift.
LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD WINNER 2017
Mary Sivila, Live Your Dream Chair, honors Maria Del Sol with a Live Your Dream scholarship from SIGV. Maria, a single mother, will be studying at the California Institute for Integral Studies in Interdisciplinary Studies.
SIGV is part of an international women's service organization dedicated to the improvement of the lives of women and children in our community.
SIGV contributes to HEART in Kenya, empowering women through entrepreneurism. Money was also donated to Operation Smile, providing operations for children with cleft palates. We have also contributed to "She is Safe" and will be making dresses for Dress A Girl Around the World. If you are interested in this new project, please contact us.
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley meets the first Thursday of the month at 12:30 and the third Thursday of the Month at 5:30 at the Nevada County Contractors Assn 149 Crown Point Ct. Please Contact Us for more information