Soroptimist International of Saratoga County

Contact us at: soroptimistsaratoga@gmail.com
PO Box 1074, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA




“Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best” is a goal of Soroptimists international, and echoed by the members of Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. The Coronavius pandemic affects every aspect of our lives, and Soroptimists are no exception. The organization and its members are committed to seek alternative approaches to meeting its goals, especially at a time when where face-to face meetings and events are uniquely curtailed by the virus. Members are given every opportunity to creatively pursue the agenda of making lives better for women and girls, especially since the personal hardships and economic impact of the virus affect women at risk more than ever. All activities are conducted with the health and safety of members as a primary focus, with CDC, state, and other guidelines followed as directed. As we keep each other safe, and as we pursue our goals in the most imaginative ways possible, we look forward to a challenging, yet exciting, year ahead. Together, we can. Click below for Coronavirus updates.




Soroptimist International is a global women’s organization whose members volunteer to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Founded in 1921, there are approximately 80,000 Soroptimists in 130 countries and territories supporting community–based and global projects benefiting women and girls. For more information about Soroptimist International and programs that improve the lives of women and girls, visit Soroptimist.org.


Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is a club within District I of the North Atlantic Region of Soroptimist International of the Americas, Inc., one of four federations with representation at the United Nations. SISC was founded in 1979 and currently has 79 members. Each year SISC raises funds for a number of awards and grants that benefit women and girls both locally in Saratoga County and surrounding areas, as well as globally through international initiatives. Award categories include: Live Your Dream Award, Violet Richardson Award, Local Organizational Grants, International Initiatives, and Dream It, Be It. Our signature service project is Project Hope and Power, a collaborative project with Wellspring (formerly Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County), designed to help women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence develop the skills needed to begin working toward financial independence. The activities of SISC are described in more detail in the other sections of this website.

Click here for a video presentation about SISC by our 2017-18 president, Marie Hoffman.

Soroptimist Vision: Women and girls have the resources and opportunities
to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
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Soroptimist Mission: Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls
with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.
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Core Values:
Gender Equality – Women and girls live free from discrimination.
Empowerment – Women and girls are
free to act in their own best interest.
Education – Women and girls deserve to lead full and
productive lives through access to education.
Diversity & Fellowship – Women from varied backgrounds and
perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
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Soroptimist -- Investing in Dreams


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Latest News

Nov 18, 2020

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) announces the availability of $16,800 in funding for local organizations that support the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training needed to achieve economic empowerment. To qualify, candidate organizations must reside in or serve the needs of citizens of Saratoga County. Grants are typically awarded for specific activities, start-ups, or capital projects. Consideration will be given to the number of people served. Individual endeavors such as pageants and competitions cannot be funded. The application deadline is January 31, 2021. For more information and to download a grant application, click here.  

Oct 30, 2020

Are you, or do you know, a young woman between the ages of 14 and 18 who volunteers in Saratoga County? Such a young woman, who believes in the power of volunteer action, may be eligible for the 2020-21 Violet Richardson Award. This award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment, or working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women and girls are particularly encouraged. in 2020-2021, the award winner will receive a stipend of $500, and $500 will be donated to the non-profit organization affiliated with the award winner. Click here for further details and to apply for the award. Please share this with any young woman who inspires others by her volunteer activities.

Oct 21, 2020
Happy 99th Anniversary! Ninety-nine years ago, on October 3, 1921, women leaders led by President Violet Richardson launched the first Soroptimist Club in California, USA. President Violet said that she “never would have considered the Soroptimist movement had she not envisioned it as worldwide and dedicated to all matters of justice and quality of life.” Today, her vision has come to life in 121 countries around the world! 
We are now counting down the days to October 3, 2021—the 100thanniversary of the founding of Soroptimist! Our anniversary theme, “Bright Past, Brilliant Future” perfectly encapsulates the respect for and memory of those incredible women who had the foresight and courage to become Soroptimists and pursue the best for women.
Oct 14, 2020


Saratoga Soroptimists will be apple picking on Wednesday, October 23, at 2:00 p.m. Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, through its Growth and Development Committee, is creating opportunities to maintain membership through socially distanced outdoor events, such as apple picking at the Saratoga Apple Orchard in Schuylerville. Keeping active and in touch with each other brings a spirit of optimism and shared friendship among Soroptimist members, according to the Committee. Members are looking forward to getting together in safe, healthy environments during the coronavirus pandemic. The committee is encouraging all members to join in the fun and friendship. And those cider doughnuts can't be ignored!

Sep 19, 2020

If you are a woman who is a head of household supporting dependent family members, are enrolled in a vocational skills program or undergraduate degree program, and need financial assistance, the Live Your Dream Award was meant for you. This $5000 education and training award is sponsored by the Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. If you are interested in improving your standard of living and exploring an enhanced employment status, click here for more information. Award deadline is November 15, 2020.

Sep 18, 2020
Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) supports programs organized by international organizations that support the needs of women and girls throughout the world. The 2020 awards of $16,500 in grants for international organizations support diverse services in several continents Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization striving to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Given the global pandemic caused by the Coropnavirus, this year’s recipients were truly grateful to receive funding. Click here to learn more about the broad reach of Saratoga Soroptimists across the globe and the diverse array of services provided. 
The global vision of Soroptimist International is for women and girls worldwide to have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams. SISC’s two signature fundraisers, the Cabin Fever event in late January and the Secret Garden Tour in early July, support our local chapter’s funding programs.
Sep 18, 2020
Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) awarded grants funding for organizations that support the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. Given the impact of the Coronavirus, the grant recipients proved their flexibility by creating alternative options for meeting their commitment to help women and girls to fulfill their dreams. These awards, given by the club each year, provide women and girls with access to the education, training and support they may need to improve the quality of their lives. Grants awarded in 2020 total $28,682 For more details about these organizations and how they will use their grants, click here.
SISC’s two signature fundraisers, the Cabin Fever event in late January and the Secret Gardens Tour in early summer, support the Soroptimist grant program. In 2020, the Secret Gardens Tour was canceled due to the Coronavirus 19 pandemic, yet Soroptimists were able to meet their commitments to these worthwhile agencies.
Sep 17, 2020

Despite the limitations from the COVID 19 virus, Saratoga Soroptimist members remain highly engaged, allowing each member to participate in as they are the most comfortable. To kick off what will certainly be an uncommon year, Saratoga Soroptimists gathered for a New Member Celebration on August 19th at the Saratoga Winery. Enjoying a great summer evening of outdoor dining with delicious food and beverages, masks, sanitizer and most importantly the company of many Soroptimists who were eager to reconnect and meet our new members, the event was a welcome success. The Growth and Development Committee expects to include the full membership in club activities while mindful of the wellness needs of all our members.

Feb 11, 2020


Mark your calendar for Sunday, July 12, for the 26th Annual Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour! We’ve got some surprises (take note, herb lovers) as you enjoy stunning gardens of all shapes and sizes in Ballston Spa, Saratoga Springs and Schuylerville. Details about the gardens will be available soon. 

We’re also pleased to announce that once again there will be two lead-up events to increase awareness of the tour:
  • Soroptimist Garden Party: Sunnyside Gardens will host a free wine and cheese party to kick off the Secret Garden Tour sales on Friday, May 8, the Friday before Mother’s Day, beginning at 5:30 PM. Stay tuned for more details. 
  • Shopping for Soroptimist: Northshire Bookstore will host a book fair on June 13-14 at their Broadway location in Saratoga Springs. A portion of proceeds from all sales, will be donated to the Soroptimist Secret Gardens Tour.
Feb 11, 2020

Soroptimists are looking forward to the unveiling of the Monumental Women Statue in Central Park, NYC on August 26, 2020 and are planning a bus tour for the unveiling. Mark your calendars with more information to come.