We would be thrilled to have you as a member of Soroptimist International of Cameron Park/El Dorado Hills (SICP/EDH)! We are a global women’s organization whose members work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Soroptimist programs focus on providing women and girls with access to education, which is one of the most effective ways to end social problems disproportionately affecting women and girls.
Soroptimist International (SI) has consultative status with the United Nations’ Economic and Social Council, which oversees U.N. activities and policies promoting human rights. It is in this forum that Soroptimist representatives can advocate for the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls.
As part of our mission to assist women and girls’ economic empowerment through education, we award the “Live Your Dream Award,” given to assist women annually who provide the primary source of financial support for their families. Our newest global program is “Dream it, Be It: Career Support for Girls.” Dream It Be It focuses on girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. We are still in the planning stages of how our club will embrace this program. The idea is “…to provide girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams."
All of our awards, and the programs we support, are financed through fundraisers that club members arrange. Our major fundraiser is a film fundraiser called LunaFest. LunaFest is a traveling film festival of award-winning short films by, for and about women, and spotlights the work of a diverse array of talented women filmmakers with intelligent, funny and thought-provoking themes. Each year, various organizations, including our Soroptimist club, bring LunaFests to their communities and raise funds for their local non-profits as well as our main beneficiary - Breast Cancer Prevention Partners.
Programs that we support include Choices For Children, Hands4Hope, Hope House, Pregnancy Counseling Services, and Lilliput, to name a few. Throughout the year we give in-kind support to many organizations for their efforts as well.
Whew! I know that sounds like a lot, but even as small as we are, we do it together. “We are small, but we are mighty.” If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. It’s my pleasure! And again, welcome to our club!!
Melanie E Miller