Soroptimist is an international organization for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community–based and international projects that benefit women and girls. 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.
Soroptimist's mission is to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. In order to accomplish this goal, the organization administers several international programs. The organization's major project is the Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formally the Soroptimist Women's Opportunity Awards), which assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects. As a volunteer organization of business and professional women we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams. It's true that both men and women live in poverty, face discrimination and must overcome obstacles. But throughout history - in every country in the world - women and girls face additional obstacles and discrimination solely because of their gender.
The Jeannette Prandi Children’s Center is a child-friendly, state of the art forensic interview center for children suspected of being abused. Soroptimist International of Marin County was a founding contributor to the Center, and it is one of our club’s identifying projects. We collaborate with the Center in providing educational programs on a variety of issues.
Recent topics include human trafficking, missing children and on-line predators, and challenges to family relationships in the digital age. Jeannette Prandi was the first female Sergeant in the Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and served for many years as the investigator for juvenile cases.
For more information about the Center, go to www.prandicenter.org.
SOS Program of the First Responder Support Network is a six day residential critical incident debriefing program for the Significant Others and Spouses of emergency responders who suffer from post-traumatic stress. In treating the first responders, retreat practitioners discovered early on that the families of these brave individuals suffer vicarious traumatization. Thus, SOS was born and flourishes today.
Public agencies often pay for first responders to receive assistance, but not for their family members. SIMC provides scholarships to SOS to cover the cost of the program for partners of first responders so they have access to healing, education, and support.
Find additional information about First Responder Support Network and SOS at www.frsn.org.
Anti-Human Trafficking efforts are supported in many ways:
Breast Cancer patients are supported via an annual Style-a-Thon. Each October, hair stylists from a San Rafael salon owned by one of our members donate their time, and all proceeds are donated to the Marin Cancer Institute for patients’ wigs, cosmetics, and other expenses not covered by insurance.