Soroptimist International of Grass Valley
Soroptimist International of Grass Valley

About SIGV

"Soroptimist International seeks to recognize the needs of people throughout the world; to initiate awareness, advocacy and action to improve the quality of life; to advance international understanding, goodwill, and peace; and to serve voluntarily using the diverse skills of its members in individual, group and cooperative endeavors."

Soroptimists are women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups. Members represent a wide array of professions, including doctors, attorneys, teachers, chief executive officers, business owners and government officials. Soroptimists, who are leaders in their communities, believe that by joining with other women they can make the world a better place. Membership provides a number of material and intangible benefits for women wishing to use their time and talents in the service of other women. “I ask women to join Soroptimist not only for the experience, but because together we can achieve so much more for our communities.”


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 her 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 has:

* provided backpacks for victims of sex trafficking

*supported Bell Hill Academy with a Christmas Boutique

*started The White Barn Project, a free uniform exchange for FFA and 4H students.

*In partnership with Sierra College Foundation, presented "A Day for Women' to celebrate and inform women.  


While at the Nevada County Fair in August, take a walk down 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. One of our biggest fundraisers- this project is a HUGE part of the monies raised for scholarships and grants. 


All of these activities help finance and support all of Soroptimists International's worthwhile projects. Come check us out! 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 (530) 268-0942 .


The word "Soroptimist" is translated to mean "Best for Women". Soroptimist International works to promote human rights for all, and to advance the status of women. Through Program of Service activities, members promote positive social change through Awareness, Advocacy and Action. There are almost 100,000 members in 120 countries worldwide. Soroptimists are women who use the special expertise and management skills developed in their working life to advance the status of women and
make the world a better place.


OUR MISSION: To improve the lives of women and children, in local communities and throughout the world. The organization's major service project is the Women's Opportunity Awards, which assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.

Providing backpacks to Sierra Nevada Memorial Hospital for victims of Sex Trafficking


Soroptimists at District Council