In addition to the benevolent outreach Soroptimist International performs
worldwide, we also see to a variety of worthwhile local projects.
- Earle Baum
Center of the Blind –- Provide hands on support at their
Summer picnic by preparing and serving food to their visually challenged
clients and at their October American Jazz fundraiser by helping to
monitoring their Silent Auction tables.
- Family Support Center – Room sponsorship includes furnishings
and supplies as well as Christmas presents for our room residents each
- Fire Safety Trailer – Soroptimist International of Santa
Rosa replaced their first specially equipped mobile house donated to
the Sonoma County Fire Chiefs' Association with a newer trailer unit.
The latest model demonstrates how to survive during earthquakes as well
as fire. Over 50,000 children have learned fire safety and prevention
through these "house" tours. We recently donated $10,000 for
materials and education for firemen at a "Performance Camp"
where they learn how to convey "what firemen do" by interacting
with children as clowns.
- Scholarships –
Provide more than $11,000 in educational scholarships for high school
seniors and continuing college students at the local community college
and university. A Masters Degree scholarship is available to women
pursuing specialized degrees.
- Soroptimist Transition House –- Partner with the Inter
Faith Shelter Network, providing the initial 6 months housing costs
to establish a Transition House for up to eight previously homeless
women residents, and providing ongoing social and mentor support.
Opportunity Awards – A Soroptimist award that clubs across our
Federation give each year to women re-entering the workforce for vocational
training or education. Club winners may receive additional awards at
Region and Federation level up to $10,000.
- YWCA Safe House – Furnishings and supplies are provided to
support domestic violence victims seeking shelter in a safe environment
to escape their abusers.
- And many other Special Projects that may arise during the year.