Soroptimist International of

Soroptimist Programs & Projects

Soroptimist means “best for women” and that’s what we strive to be—an organization of women at their best helping other women to be their best. As a volunteer organization of business and professional women we feel uniquely qualified to help women and girls live their dreams.

Throughout history and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It’s for this reason that Soroptimist, an organization of and by women, chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls.

In order to accomplish this goal, the organization administers several international programs. The organization’s major project is the Live Your Dream Awards, which assist women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and job prospects.

Other Soroptimist programs include:

  • Soroptimist Dream It Be It Career Support gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse.
  • Soroptimists STOP Trafficking, a project that raises awareness about the sex trafficking of women and girls, and seeks to encourage citizens, lawmakers and service providers to focus on this global problem.
  • Soroptimist Live Your Dream Campaign, which aims to inspire women to live their dreams, and encourages them to pass on their good fortune to others.
  • Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, an awareness campaign that targets domestic violence as a workplace concern.
  • Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award, a program that recognizes girls’ volunteer efforts.
  • Soroptimist Ruby Award: For Women Helping Women (formerly the Soroptimist Making a Difference for Award), a recognition program for women who help other women and girls.

Soroptimist, founded in 1921, is an international volunteer service organization for women. Soroptimist International of Surrey/Delta, charted in 1995, has contributed significant financial support to our Awards Programs and Community Donations Program, as well as many club volunteer hours on behalf of local Surrey/Delta organizations, committees, and projects that support our mission. This year, our club is proud to support the following community organizations, programs and club-driven projects:

Funding for Community Programs we support is provided through a BC Gaming Grant – “We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia”

Local Projects

Funding for Programs we support is provided through a BC Gaming Grant – We acknowledge the financial support of the Province of British Columbia

Mercy Canada

Outreach support groups to help all women, aged 13 and older, who are struggling with life-controlling issues such as anxiety, depression, self-harm, suicidal ideation, addictions, or an eating disorder.

Surrey Food Bank

Tiny Bundle Program for expectant & new moms.

Youth Unlimited

Education opportunities and hope for young mothers and their children who are caught in the cycle of poverty.

Big Sisters of BC Lower Mainland

Surrey at-risk youth benefit from participation in mentoring programs. This also creates volunteer hours enriching our communities and inspiring female volunteerism.

Cloverdale Community Kitchen

Benefits all food insecure individuals by providing them with ample fresh and non-perishable food items, toiletries, baby items, and clothing when requested.

Delta Boys & Girls Club (Delta)

Provides preteen girls with a safe space where they can connect with positive adult role models and form positive relationships with their peers in a social environment.

BeaYOUtiful Foundation

Programs to instill the value of self-worth and self-love in young women, inspiring them to build confidence through acts of passion, kindness, community and connection.

Solid State Community Industries

Let Her Talk program: a peer support network in Surrey BC supporting racialized young women who are encountering gender-based violence.

Club Projects

Mastectomy Pillows

Handmade Pillows by the sewing group at Peace Portal Alliance Church for women at the Cancer Centre. 

No Barriers. PERIOD

Launching our new period poverty project to provide free menstrual products to local public facilities. Visit our FB page for more info: 

Soroptimist International of Nairobi Central

Provides reusable menstrual hygiene products to school girls in Kenya.

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