The name Soroptimist means “best for women”. Soroptimist are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.
Soroptimist is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Approximately 76,000 Soroptimists in over 120 countries and territories support both community-based and global projects benefiting women and girls. Our two signature programs are Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, and Dream It, Be It.
Soroptimist International of Oxnard is a dynamic group of women who work together for the greater good of our local Oxnard community as well as support the region, ferderation and international Soroptimist levels.
Through the Live Your Dream program, we assist local women who meet the program criteria as the head of their household and are continuing their education. We celebrate their success each Spring with a dinner in their honor, commendations and a cash award. Our hope and plan is that they come closer to their goals through the benefit they receive from the Live Your Dream program. Soroptimist has helped more than 30,000 women reach their goals and, to date, we have given more than $3 million, nationally. Awardees at the local level will proceed to the region and federation competition.
Our newest program helps girls grow to be confident, successful and happy adults. Dream It, Be It reaches girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. Through small group workshops as well as a conference setting, we mentor girls on setting and achieving their goals, moving forward after setbacks or failures, and discovering career opportunities. Currently, in the Dream It, Be It program, we strive to grow the number of local 9th grade girls we reach to provide them with effective tools to tackle the barriers in their life. This year we will be adding an additional component designed for those who attended as 9th graders and now are returning later in their high school careers for additional strategic building blocks.
Our local Signature Event is called, “Bras for a Cause”. Through the auction of wildly decorated Mannequin Bras, Opportunity Raffle Baskets and a Silent Auction, money is raised to help fund our project, Comfort Kits. The Comfort Kit project offers a well-researched oversized satchel of essential and comfort items plus a custom designed T-shirt for the woman who has just come home from mastectomy surgery. We work with a local Cancer Center in Oxnard.
We have an annual Bingo, Girls Night Out event as well as participating in the Oxnard Christmas Parade, STOP Trafficking, Festivals such as the Strawberry and Salsa events and much more.
We are amazing women who radiate excitement, step up to commitment and step into service. Our accomplishments and our dedication to the Soroptimist International mission is what draws women to become a part of this organization.
If you want to join like-minded women working together to make a difference in our community and globally or would like more information regarding membership in our club, please contact us directly or at oxnardsoroptimist.org.
Holly N. Nash and Christy France
Soroptimist International of Oxnard
As an individual we are one drop… Together we are an ocean.
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