Our Local Focus Includes:
The Soroptimist Breast & Gynecologic Cancer Assistance Fund
Proceeds from our annual RUN/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.
Live Your Dream Award
Our organization’s 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 grants annually. ($4,000.00)
The Sponsors Women’s Program provides transitional housing for up to 19 women and has been the recepient of our generosity beginning in 2012. Besides our pledge of $50,000 to the program, we have provided classes and mentoring in various areas.
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
This project helps girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams.
Everything in a basket for a child’s birthday party are assembled for the children of women who are staying or receiving assistance from Womenspace.
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.
The project was formed in 2002 to provide legal assistance to incarcerated women. Soroptimist International of Eugene has supplied phone cards in the past and continues to support the project each year.
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
Senior Compainion Project – $20,000
Bags of Love – Hands on Labor
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.
Disaster Grants for Women & Girls
These grants target the special needs of women and girls during natural and man-made disaster. Women and girls are particularly vulnerable during disasters and lack access to resources.