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 2016 Soroptimist International of Grass Valley (SIGV) has donated over $13,290, serving 333 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, a nursing student, 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 DVSAC (helping victims of abuse), NEO, Interfaith Food Ministry, Hospitality House, 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 11 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.
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. If you would like to make wonderful new friends and have fun while feeling you have contributed to improving the lives of others, please call Judy East 268-0942 Jenni Dallas 530 906- 4669
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.
President Linda Wittmayer and LYD Chair Heather Smee Fosburg congratulating Ashley Gaughan on receiving the Live Your Dream Scholarship. Ashley also won the Sierra Nevada Region Scholarship and will be honored on May 1. Ashley will be attending Chico State next year and will enter the Nursing field. August 2016, we are pleased to announce that Ashley has passed her state boards and is a Registered Nurse at our local Hospital.
The culminating event for a Year of Service.
Grants were given to Child Advocates of Nevada County, NEO, and Big Brothers/Sisters. Vocational Scholarship winners were Jennifer Larson and Brittany Alvarez. Marilyn Adams received special recognition for all of her work at A Day for Women
SIGV is part of an international women's service organization dedicated to the improvement of the lives of women and children in our community.
International Goodwill and Understanding Dinner
SIGV contributes to HEART in Kenya, empowering women through entrepreneurism. Money was also donated to Operation Smile, providing operations for children with cleft palates.