Soroptimist International of Gig Harbor (SIGH) was chartered in 2007 and is one of the youngest Soroptimist clubs in the Puget Sound area. Membership in Soroptimist means belonging to the wider organization at the international, national, regional, and local level. All clubs participate in several ongoing projects and programs. Every Soroptimist club participates in several programs, but the local club’s focus in the community determines what projects will be supported by its membership.
Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.
In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need. Since the Live Your Dream Awards program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.
The Brussels Sprouts Project
Established in 2012, the Brussels Sprouts Project, located at Henderson Bay High School, is a collaborative effort between Cottesmore Center for Life, Peninsula School District, and SIGH. Through this program, the club provides funding and hands-on assistance to improve the lives of teen moms and their children enrolled in the child development program. The goal of this project is to ensure that teen moms can complete their high school education, knowing that their children are well taken care of.
Dream It, Be It Program
This exciting program allows local Soroptimist clubs to design and conduct community events that give girls the resources they need to pursue their career goals. The purpose of this program is to help and encourage girls to set and pursue goals, overcome setbacks, and to inform girls of the careers available to women.
Soroptimist International has more than 1,300 clubs in 20 countries and territories who work to improve the lives of women and girls. Soroptimist clubs receive assistance in their volunteer efforts by participating locally in programs developed and sponsored by the Soroptimist organization.
Soroptimist STOP Trafficking Program
The STOP Trafficking Program raises awareness about the sexual trafficking of women and girls, and seeks to encourage citizens, law makers and service providers to focus on this global problem.
Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence
The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence focuses on the needs of victims of domestic and sexual violence and homeless women and their children.
The primary goal of every Soroptimist club around the world is to make better the lives of women and girls. Many local clubs would like to do more, but sometimes their financial resources surpass their ambitions. To support the needs of local clubs, Soroptimist implemented the Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls. Each year, Soroptimist awards $125,000 to clubs in need. Since its inception in 1997, nearly $1.4 million has enabled local clubs to assist more than 100,000 women and families. Soroptimist Club Grants have funded important projects such as providing reproductive health services for women in poverty, teaching marketable job skills to the disabled and funding micro-enterprise artisan project for low-income women. In 2014, program was one of only 4 programs given an Award of Excellence from the American Society of Association Executives’ Associations Advance America.
In 2014-2015, this program helped local Soroptimist clubs improve the lives of women and girls around the world in the following ways:
- 4,917 women and 7,771 girls were helped.
- The average cost per life changed was $16.73.
- 757 women and girls were provided opportunities for economic advancement.
- 9,082 women and girls were given tools and resources to help them live free from violence.
- 2,349 women and girls gained access to educational opportunities.
- 500 women gained access to healthcare.
- 92% of clubs reached their stated objectives.
- Click here to see the full SCG report.
For a detailed report on Soroptimist International of the Americas, view the GuideStar Report. GuideStar is the world’s largest source of information on nonprofit organizations.
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