Who are we:
Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations. Our name, loosely translated from the Latin, means best for women.
We are part of four federations that make up Soroptimist International (SI) - which consists of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Soroptimist International of Europe, Soroptimist International of Great Britain & Ireland and Soroptimist International of the South West Pacific. Our network of over 75,000 club members in 122 countries works at a local, national and international level to Educate, Empower and Enable opportunities for women and girls.
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of service to their communities. Club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters, to providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs that include the Live Your Dream Award, Dream It Be It Program (Career Support for Girls). and the Violet Richardson Award, which awards young girls for volunteerism in their communities.
Soroptimist International of the Redwoods is part of the Founder Region, which is under Soroptimist of the Americas.
Established in 1980 by a handful of Garberville/Redway Business women, we have contributed to our community in many ways. Some of those projects both past and present include:
The Main Street Trees lining Redwood Drive in Garberville
The Loaner Closet (use of medical equipment-crutches, beds, walkers, etc)
High School Scholarships
Student of the Month
High School Sports Program
Safe & Sober Night
Founder Region Fellowship
SFHS Girls Basketball Tournament Sponsor
Healy Senior Center MOW gifts
If you wish to help support women and girls acheive their dreams, come join us! There is a yearly membership fee and a commitment, if possible, on a couple committees, but the best part is that you'll be networking with the best, fun group of women here in Southern Humboldt.
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