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Non-Profit of the Week – Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley

| SC Living | January 4, 2018

Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley (SIGSCV) is a local non-profit organization which falls under the umbrella of Soroptimist International, 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. The organization is particularly concerned with providing women and girls access to education, as this is the most effective path to self-determination.

The name, Soroptimist, means “Best for Women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

L to R: Sue Reynolds, Sandi Naba, Chris Blazey, Pam Ingram, Kim Kurowski, Aida Weinstein, Cheri Fleming, Karen Towels, Lori Crawford, Rebecca Johnston, Jennifer Haberer and Chris Hough

Soroptimist members belong to local clubs that participate in the Dream Programs of Soroptimist: Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls to help women and girls achieve social and economic empowerment. The Dream Programs of Soroptimist ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist is committed to investing in programs that have a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls.
Soroptimist also sponsors LiveYourDream.org, an online community empowering offline volunteer action. The self-motivated network is made up of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Members of the free online community work on topics such as women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, human trafficking, and more. They also have access to inspirational articles, tips, and blogs that can help them live their own personal dreams.
As a local club, SIGSCV raises funds to benefit many local charities in addition to giving funds directly to Soroptimist International to support its mission and programs. Locally, we have supported organizations such as: Sheila R. Veloz, Circle of Hope, Alzheimer’s Association, SCV Youth Project, Single Mothers Outreach, Domestic Violence Center, Child and Family Center, Carousel Ranch, LARC Ranch, College of the Canyons Scholarships, the Women’s Unit at Henry Mayo Hospital, COC Center for Early Childhood Education, Mothers Fighting for Others, Habitat for Humanity, Celebrating Women – Hirschberg Foundation, and Mending Kids, among others.

On a local level, over the past two years we have distributed nearly $100,000 to our three pillars: “Women in Crisis, Women’s Health Issues and Celebrating Women.”

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Monies are raised by SIGSCV through our two annual fundraisers. The first event is The Wine Affair – Sip, Stroll & Savor the Sounds, which will take place on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Those attending The Wine Affair will stroll down Town Center Drive while enjoying a great afternoon of local food, wine tasting and fabulous music. The Wine Affair offers a great opportunity for community partners to team with us for such a good cause. Proceeds from this event will go towards supporting our programs and projects, which include our Live Your Dream Awards, Dream It, Beat Program, and the Go Girls.

Our second major fundraiser is the Annual Fashion Show, which will take place this year on November 18, 2018 at the Hyatt Regency Valencia. Information about this event will be forthcoming.
For more information about Soroptimist International of Greater Santa Clarita Valley contact President Kim Kurowski at 661-803-6506 or kim_kurowski@hotmail.com.

Submitted by Sandi Naba

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