Our Local Focus Includes:
The Soroptimist Breast & Gynecologic Cancer Assistance Fund
Proceeds from our annual WALK TO LIVE provides the funding for emergency cash grants to Lane County women who are having financial hardship while undergoing cancer treatment. The distribution of funds is managed by Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and Research Center.
Reds, Whites, and Blooms
Our annual spring fundraiser at Sweet Cheeks Winery. Proceeds fund our current projects and awards below.
Women’s Opportunity Award
Our organizations major women’s education project. The award 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. Our club gives two $1500 grants annually.
Violet Richardson Award
The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award is a recogntion program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within our community. The award is given to a young women whose activities make the community and world a better place. Our club recognizes a young girl each year with a financial grant for herself and a matching grant to the community organization she supports.
Soroptimists Stop Trafficking
Our club has joined the coalition (NWCAT)of many Soroptimist clubs, political leaders, agencies, individuals, media and buisiness supporters throught the Northwest working to Inform, Educate and Protect the women and girls from the Human Labor and Sex Traffiking in the Northwest Region of the United States. www.nwcat.org for more information
Bags Of Love
Bags of Love is a local community organization that provides needs for children who are taken from their homes to be placed in foster care. The bags provide something of their own to hang onto as well as necessities to tide them over. Our members contribute their labor and time as well as contributing items for the bags.
Soroptimist Teen Dating Violence Project
Our members distribute Soroptimist Teen Dating Violence Bookmarks throught the schools and other resources, that raises awareness among teenagers about teen dating violence and provides them with a clear understanding of healthy vs. unhealty relationships.
The Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domesic Violence
Our club joins with other Soroptimist clubs to raise awareness about domestic violence as a workplace concern. Cards are distributed throught the community in women’s rest rooms in a workplace setting. The cards provide information about the issue and how to access assistance.
Senior Companion Program
Through a generous gift from a beloved member we have provided a $10,000 grant to the Senior Compainon Program at the Campbell Senior Center over the 2009-2013 period. The program assists the elderly who are living indepently in their homes. Our gift was to assist women in this situation.
The Sponsors Women’s Program provides transitional housing for up to 19 women and has been the recepient of our generosity beginning in 2012.
The project was formed in 2002 to provide legal assistance to incarcerated women. Soroptimist International of Eugene was able to supply phone cards that enabled the women who are wrongfully convicted or who have demonstrated that they are fully rehabilitated to contact their children and their legal team.
Ophelias Place – Hands On/Supplies
Womenspace – 10 years of Cash Grants
Looking Glass Early Evaluation and Treatment Center – Hands On Labor/$10,000 cash grant for appliances & matteresses
Birth To Three – 5 years of Cash Grants
Willamette Family Inc – Hands On Labor/Toddler Gear
Child Care, Inc – Labor/Cash Grants
Eugene Mission, Women’s Wing – $15,000 cash grant
Our Global Focus Includes:
Soroptimist International has General Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council, United Nations, (ECOSOC); Operational Relations with the United Nations Educational, Scientific & Cultural Organization (UNESCO); Special List of the International Labour Organization (ILO); Official Relations with the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO); Cosultative Status with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).
Clubs can establish friendship with specific clubs throughout the world by exchanging visits, projects, or simply with coorespondance. SI Eugene has five Friendship Links; clubs in America del Sur, South Wales, England and 2 in Japan.
Soroptimist Project Matching
This project matches resources between SI Europe and SI of the Americas that assists clubs to work an similar projects.
Educate To Lead
Soroptimist clubs around the world use education, empowerment and enabling opportunities to improve the lives and status of women and girls in need. December 10th of every year is the Annual Day of Action for Soroptimists, in 2011 Eugene Soroptimists donated $1000 to the “Birthing in the Pacific” project, that provided medical kits and training attendants to prevent needless maternal death and disaability in Papua, New Guinea.