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Soroptimist International of Saratoga County

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 83 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. 

 
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

Dec 04, 2016

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County announces the availability of $25,000 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 lives and quality of life of women and girls in our local community. Please visit our Fund Distributions Grants page to download a copy of the application. Completed applications must be received by January 31, 2017. 

Nov 03, 2016

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) is excited about our 2017 Cabin Fever event! Cabin Fever, an annual fundraising luncheon, 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. Soroptimist International, our umbrella organization, disburses more than $1.6 million annually, benefiting 1,300 women through its cornerstone program called Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women.

Additionally, Cabin Fever attendees are delighted to hear remarks from our notable speakers. In 2017, we are thrilled to welcome Mrs. Kasey Mathews as our keynote presenter.

Kasey Mathews, a writer and teacher who has been asked to speak before the US Congress, will share her message that life’s challenges are really opportunities in disguise. Kasey’s book, Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood, chronicles her transformation into becoming an advocate when her second child arrived unexpectedly at 25 weeks, weighing just over a pound.  

After the book’s release, Kasey became a featured speaker, traveling around the country, speaking to groups ranging from fireside book group gatherings and women’s organizations; to company award banquets, medical conferences, and radio and television programs.  Preemie: Lessons in Love, Life and Motherhood won the New Hampshire Writer’s Project Reader’s Choice award, and was a featured book on the Random House book site Bibliophile.

With a newly expanded mission, and the launch of her website – The Usual Magic, Kasey is inspiring women to find more meaning, purpose and balance in their lives.  Her work includes A Mom's Guide to Creating a Magical Life, a series of online workshops, and her blog – Awaken the Magic. Kasey is currently at work on her second book, in which she illustrates the journey of overcoming the year-long traumatic period in which her family experienced three broken legs, four surgeries, a lost dog and several other assorted miracles!

You can learn more about Kasey Mathews at www.kaseymathews.com

For more detailed information about this event, see the Cabin Fever 2017 Brochure.

Please click here to learn how to become an event sponsor or donate to our silent auction.

Oct 04, 2016

Please join us on Thursday October 20, from 6-8 PM at the Saratoga Golf and Polo Club. Women who are in interested in learning about the Soroptimist organization and their programs are invited. Click here for more information on how to register for this evening of information, social engagement and refreshments.

Sep 29, 2016

SISC is pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for the Violet Richardson Award. The Violet Richardson Award honors a young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for her volunteer action. SISC will provide the award recipient with a cash award of $500.00 and a matching award of $500.00 to the organization she supports. Applications are due December 31.

More information and the application form can be found at the Violet Richardson page

Sep 26, 2016

We are accepting applications for the 2017 Live Your Dream Award. Applications are due November 15. More information and the application form can be found at the Live Your Dream Award page.

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