The name Soroptimist means “best for women,” and that is what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.
Soroptimist International of Elk Grove has an ongoing commitment to the following projects.
What Soroptimist fundraising and participation does right here in our community:
- $1,000 annual award through the Elk Grove Regional Scholarship Foundation.
- Two, $1,000 Women’s Opportunity Awards, awarded to women returning to college or training.
- Two, $250 Violet Richardson Awards to teen girls engaged in volunteer work.
- Providing EG Police Department with soft blankets/stuffed animals for children in traumatic situations.
- Furnishing WEAVE with clothing and toiletries for women victims of sexual assault.
- Assisting current and emancipated foster youth with living necessities, gift cards, and other support.
- Financial support for the Elk Grove Food Bank Support Works Program.
- Providing materials on teen dating violence and human trafficking at Elk Grove Unified School District middle and high schools.
Monetary support and/or volunteer time has been given in support of:
Hurricane Sandy victims.
Elk Grove Strauss Festival.
Project RIDE therapeutic horseback riding program.
Child Spree shopping event for children before the start of school.
St. John’s Shelter for Women and Children.
Elk Grove Food Bank.
My Sister’s House Shelter for women victims of domestic violence.
Wellspring Women’s and Children’s Center.
Elk Grove Rotary Teen Mentor Program.
Chicks in Crisis.
B Street Theater performance at EGUSD elementary school.
Sacramento Crisis Nurseries.
Sacramento Children’s Home.
High school Sober Grad Nights.
Walk to Remember in support of soldier-heroes.
Old Town Foundation – Chili Cook-Off and Dickens Fair Festival.
Elk Grove Citizen of the Year celebration.
Elk Grove Chamber of Commerce events.
Harvest Festival & other Cosumnes Community Service District (CCSD) events.
What Soroptimist fundraising and participation does outside the community:
- “Birthing in the Pacific” project supporting healthy mothers and babies in South Asia.
- Solar cookers provided to refugees in Darfur re-settlement camps where firewood is scarce.
- Supporting impoverished women in Elk Grove’s sister city, Concepcion de Ataco, El Salvador.
- Donations to help victims of Japan’s earthquake and tsunami.
- Fellowship grants within the Sierra Nevada Region to women in Ph.D. programs.
- Support of Women’s Opportunity Awards for clubs around the world