Our fundraising programs benefit everyone in the community, but especially women and children. Basically, we raise money and then give it away, as well as donating time and energy to the community.
Some of the international projects which we have been involved in are providing schools and educational opportunities for girls in Nepal, safe water for villages in Senegal, setting up a network of clinics for children in Bangladesh, providing vocational training for women in India, Western Samoa and Brazil, and helping victims maimed by landmines by supplying artificial limbs and training people to remove landmines in Laos and in Angola.
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.