Soroptimist International of Santa Clara Silicon Valley
Serving our community…
As part of Soroptimist International, our Santa Clara Silicon Valley club sponsors two SI of the Americas award programs:
Live Your Dream Award – This inspirational program offers recognition and cash awards to women returning to school while heading their household. Local winners go on to compete for regional and international honors.
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls aims to help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. The program will provide girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.
“S” Clubs – “S” Clubs are Soroptimist-sponsored groups of students who wish to serve their school and community by working on worthwhile service projects. SISCSV sponsors an “S” Club at Wilcox High School. Students assist with Soroptimist events and raise money to help them attend the Combined Service Clubs Retreat.
SISCSV holds a major fundraiser each year –The Classy Bag Affaire – the event is an auction and a luncheon; all members participate to raise funding for our projects.
HomeSafe Housing and Birthday Parties
In 2001, we donated $20,000 to help furnish houses at HomeSafe-Santa Clara, the first transitional housing project for women survivors of domestic violence and their children in the U.S. In 2002, we began a bi-monthly birthday party for the children at HomeSafe-Santa Clara, who range in age from babies to teens. In 2004, we added the same program at the site in San Jose on alternate months.
Family Assistance Christmas Store –
Each year more than 250 children have a brighter Christmas after parents finish their “shopping” spree at the Soroptimist Christmas Store. SISCSV opens the doors at a local elementary school to over 100 families to do their Christmas “shopping” for their children.
Monies earned from fundraising, a grant from the Mission City Community Fund, Safeway, Rotary, as well as generous donations from the community, have allowed Soroptimists to stock the “store” with new toys, games, household items, and food products. In addition, each child receives a Christmas stocking filled with toothbrushes, toothpaste, dental floss, and mouthwash. This event is a very heart-warming experience for all of our members.
Over the Years SISCSV has contributed more than half a million dollars to community service projects:
- HomeSafe – Domestic Violence Shelter
- YWCA of Santa Clara County
- Triton Museum of Art
- Historical Arts Consortium
- Project Independence:
- Women Survivors of War
- Heart of the Valley Senior Services
- Bill Wilson Center
- SISCSV ‘S’ Club
- SIA “Dream It, Be It”
- SIA “Live Your Dream”
- Veteran’s Hospital
- VIA Rehabilitation
- Emergency Housing Consortium
- Housing for Independent People
- Santa Clara Police Department
- (Every 15 Minutes Program)
- Santa Clara Firefighters
- Better Things Program