The name Soroptimist means “best for women”. Soroptimists 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 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
supporting the region, national 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, commendations and a cash award.
Our hope and plan are they will 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 can proceed to the regional, national and
even international levels. 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 or a conference setting,
we mentor girls on setting and achieving their goals, moving forward after
setbacks or failures, and discovering career opportunities.
Currently, through 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.
Our local signature event is called, Bras for a Cause. Through the auction of
wildly decorated mannequin bras, prize drawings, and a silent auction, money is
raised to help fund our project, Comfort Kits. The Comfort Kit project offers a
well-researched bag 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, United Way’s, Day of Service, STOP Trafficking
Ventura County, Performing Arts Convention Center projects 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 at oxnardsoroptimist.org/become a
Holly N. Nash
Soroptimist International of Oxnard
Dream Big, Sparkle More, Shine Bright
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