Soroptimist International of Greater Sacramento collaborates with Women’s Empowerment, a nonprofit in Sacramento, California, to serve homeless women in Sacramento County, as well as their children.
Since 2005, Soroptimist International volunteers have assisted with the Women’s Empowerment annual fundraising gala attended, including chairing the event, leading the silent auction committee, and handling event setup. They created the Hidden Support program, which provides homeless women with new undergarments so they can dress professionally. In December, they donated 40 filled stockings for the Holiday Stocking Drive for women and children. For the past two years, Soroptimist International volunteers have hosted the Women’s Empowerment annual craft party, which gives homeless women the chance to make holiday gifts with their children. .
The Soroptimists volunteers continually check in with Women’s Empowerment staff to ensure their efforts are needed and working. They continue to adapt to the organization’s changing office environment and rotate their members in various roles so that everyone in the group has experience.
Soroptimist International of Greater Sacramento was chartered in 1986 and is an organization of professional women who strive to improve the lives of other women and children both domestically and internationally through grants and community outreach programs. A group of 80 women in Oakland, California formed the first Soroptimist club in 1921. The name Soroptimist is a coined name meaning “best for women.” Soroptimist’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Soroptimist International has 95,000 members. Soroptimist International of the Americas has 45,000 members.