What We Do
The Live Your Dream Award gives women a chance to make a better life for themselves and their families through increased access to education and better career opportunities – a chance they have not previously had, or may never otherwise have. Live Your Dream Award applicants have faced economic and social barriers and personal hardships that have prevented them from pursuing and achieving their education and professional goals – until now.
The Live Your Dream Award addresses economic needs and makes a difference in a practical way; we know that it also affects women in a personal way. Women who have won the award report an increase in self-confidence and self-esteem and pride at being recognized for having the courage to change their lives. This program is the cornerstone of our efforts to increase public awareness and international name recognition for Soroptimist.
Located at 12657 Foster Rd Norwalk, CA and run by nine local Soroptimist clubs, this project provides housing for low-income seniors. SIW participates in holiday and birthday parties.
Lois Neece Award
Named after former SIW President Lois Neece, this award is given to high school students high school students who have persevered and overcome obstacles in their lives. Nominations are submitted every year and awardees are honored at an award ceremony.
Ruth White Scholarship
Named after the first SIW President, the Scholarship Fund assists women in college programs. Applications are reviewed every year and funds are awarded at award ceremony.
Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). Partnering with the Whittier Police Department and Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital to provide exams, counseling and support to sexual assault victims for the local communities.
Soroptimist Teen Outreach Program (STOP). This project supports prevention of teen pregnancy.
S-Clubs are clubs for High School students who want to volunteer to serve their community. This club is sponsored by SIW and inspires students to get involved and work to improve the lives of women and girls through meaningful service projects. Together we cooperate with teachers and staff at the school to create a positive experience. The “S” club experience inspires students to take on leadership roles. Members of both the S-Club and SIW meet, exchange ideas and participate in local projects together.