Soroptimist International of Saratoga County

PO Box 1074, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA

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 improves the lives of women and girls
through programs leading to social and 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.


Latest News

Jan 11, 2019
UPDATE: Due to a hazardous weather forecast, the Leadership Training session has been rescheduled. It will take place on March 13, 5-6:30 PM at Longfellow's Restaurant.
The Growth and Development Committee has scheduled several upcoming events of interest to members and prospective members. Leadership Training  will take place at 6 PM on January 24th, 2019 at the YMCA on West Ave, Saratoga Springs, in the 2nd floor Conference Room. Please invite others to sign up if interested. The committee also has plans underway for a membership-wide get-together at 6 PM on March 26, 2019 at the Saratoga Winery. Please mark the date in your calendars to attend. Lastly, the new member orientation will be at the Embassy Suites in Saratoga on April 6th, 2019. More information to follow later. Please save the date.
Nov 19, 2018
Edventures, in partnership with Saratoga Arts, Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, Academy for Lifelong Learning and North Country Arts is pleased to announce our spring, 2019 tour, May 22-31, 2019: VIVE LA FRANCE: PARIS AND NORMANDY-THE YEAR OF ANNIVERSARIES! It’s a year to celebrate!  The spring of 2019 marks the 75th anniversary of the D-Day landing on the beaches of Normandy and the 20th anniversary of Edventures. Discovering the Normandy region is like turning the pages of a history book while riding past lush fields, white sand beaches and ancient churches. Then to Paris! The ‘City of Light,’ art center of the world and the first tour destination for Edventures twenty years ago. This is a trip you won’t want to miss. For trip details, click here.
Edventures will be offering a tour overview on Saturday, December 8 at 11:30 am at Saratoga Arts. Please RSVP via email if you plan to attend or to receive a detailed itinerary: goedventures@gmail.com.
Nov 19, 2018

SISC announces the availability of $24,000.00 in grant funding for organizations that serve the needs of women and girls in Saratoga County. These awards, given by the club each year, seek to improve the quality of life of women and girls in our local communities. In order to qualify, candidate organizations must be in or serve the needs of citizens of Saratoga County. Consideration will be given to the number of people served. Grants are typically awarded for programming, start-up, or capital projects. Individual endeavors such as pageants and competitions are not funded. The application deadline is January 31, 2019. For more information and a grant application form, click here.

Nov 18, 2018

The December 31 deadline for the SISC Violet Richardson Award is fast approaching! The Violet Richardson Award honors a young woman in Saratoga County between the ages of 14 and 17 for her volunteer action to improve the lives of others, such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women and girls are particularly valued. 

We are most interested in applicants that have demonstrated initiative in both identifying a problem and trying to solve it and had significant and noteworthy accomplishments as volunteers. To apply for the award. please email a request for an application to soroptimistVR@gmail.com or click here to download the application. Application submissions are due to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County by Dec. 31, 2018. 
Nov 10, 2018
Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited about our 2019 Cabin Fever event! Cabin Fever, an annual fundraising luncheon, takes place on January 19, 2019 at Saratoga National Golf Club. Cabin Fever provides a platform for individuals to gather, network, and raise money for a tremendous cause – improving the lives of women and children locally, nationally and internationally. Our 2019 keynote, Catherine Thimmesh, is an award-winning children’s author – writing with a perspective to empower young girls to be stronger women. For more information about the 2019 Cabin Fever Event, click here.
Nov 10, 2018

On Saturday, October 13, 2018, ten girls from Saratoga-area high schools who participated in the first Dream It Be It program held last spring, came back together to explore strategies to overcome challenges and obstacles they are likely to face in their lives. The program is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) in partnership with the Saratoga Regional YMCA and with support from M&T Bank. For more information about the event click here.

Oct 28, 2018

SISC members Nancy Martinez and Maggie Fronk were among the attendees at 2018 Saratoga County Safe Harbour Conference, held on October 26 at Skidmore College. The goal of the Safe Harbour project is to end human trafficking and provide shelter and assistance to victims of trafficking. 

Jun 01, 2018
On July 8th, the Soroptimists of Saratoga County will host our 24th annual Secret Gardens Tour thanks to the generosity of our amazing local sponsors. The support they provide to our club and to our entire community will enable SISC to assist many non-profit organizations and projects that improve the lives of women and girls locally in Saratoga County, as well as globally through international initiatives. Last year, SISC fund-raising efforts resulted in awards and grants totaling over $70,000. 
Please join us in thanking and supporting all of our wonderful sponsors. A special thanks to Ned Chapman at Sunnyside Garden for hosting a wonderful Soroptimist Garden Party on May 11th:
  • Sunnyside Gardens
  • Northshire Bookstore
  • 2 West Bar & Grille
  • Bonacio Construction
  • Julie & Co. Realty
  • Cudney's Cleaners
  • Olde Bryan Inn
  • Longfellow's Hotel & Restaurant
  • Saratoga Casino & Hotel
  • Saratoga Heritage Visitor Center 
  • Saratoga National Golf Club
  • Saratoga Today
  • Susan K. DePaula
  • The Saratogian
  • Towne, Ryan & Partners, P.C.
  • Village Pizzeria and Ristorante
  • Adirondack Veterinary Clinic
  • Balet Flowers and Design
  • Exposure Saratoga
  • Phil Drum, PhD
  • Three Group Research  
  • Bay Optical
  • Chauvin Family Dentistry
  • Edventures
  • Faddegon's Nursery
  • Hannaford Supermarkets
  • Herzog Law Firm, PC
  • James Kettlewell Fine Arts
  • Dr. Kevy Smith, DC
  • Tom Mullan Tree Services
  • Fresh & Co. Salon and Spa
  • Sausations Gift Basket
  • Impressions of Saratoga
  • Stewart's Shops
Apr 17, 2018
The first Dream It, Be It Workshop was held at the Saratoga Springs YMCA on Saturday, March 24, 2018 with support from M & T Bank. Sixteen teenage girls from local area high schools were in attendance. They spent the day learning about themselves and fine tuning their hopes and dreams while learning valuable lessons about using BOTH their successes and their failures to grow and achieve their goals. The girls made new friends, had lots of fun, and look forward to a follow-up program. For more details about this event, click here.  
Oct 28, 2017

SISC President Marie Buckley Hoffman recently recorded this video about motivates her to care about children, SISC and Wellspring.  Click here to view the video.