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Soroptimist International of Saratoga County



PO Box 1074, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866, USA
soroptimistsaratoga@gmail.com


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

Apr 16, 2019

We are pleased to announce the recipient of the 2019 Soroptimist of Saratoga County Violet Richardson Award, which recognizes young women, age 14-17 who volunteer in the community. This year's winner is SAKTHI MUTHUKRISHNAN. Sakthi has been involved with a variety of projects at the Saratoga Senior Center and made a commitment to helping seniors with projects such as IT device assistance, organization of books and help with membership renewal. Our local club awarded $500 to Sakthi and $500 to the Saratoga Senior Center on her behalf. Sakthi also volunteers at the Saratoga Public Library & the Saratoga Arts Center.
 
We also congratulate our Violet Richardson Honorable Mention Awardees and their families. Each amazing young woman will receive a $250 award and $250 towards their local non profit programs. Bronwell Chilton founded the "Sit With Us Club" at Saratoga Springs High School which provided a welcoming and accepting environment in the cafeteria. Cassandra Cook recently chaired the South Glens Falls High School Marathon Dance program and has been raising money for years for the program. This year they raised $837,800 for local charities.
Mar 25, 2019
Saturday, April 13, 10:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Sunday, April 14, 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Northshire Bookstore, 424 Broadway, Saratoga Springs 12866
 
Support Soroptimists by visiting the Northshire Bookstore on Saturday, April 13th and Sunday, April 14th! Shop to your heart's delight for books, gift items, gift cards, children's items and more. Be sure to tell your bookseller you are "Shopping for the Soroptimists" so that your sale will be counted. Northshire Bookstore will donate 20% of your purchases to Soroptimist International of Saratoga County. Click here for a detailed flyer describing the bookfair.
 
The Northshire bookfair supports Saratoga Soroptimists' Secret Gardens Tour, scheduled for July 7. The tour is intended to showcase Saratoga's finest gardens while raising money to support programs for women and girls. Click here for information regarding the Secret Gardens Tour. See you at the bookfair and the tour!
 
Mar 20, 2019

Do you know a high-school girl who would like to learns to skills to chart her future? The Dream It, Be It Committee still has a few openings for our Dream It, Be It workshop, to be held at the Saratoga Regional YMCA on West Avenue in Saratoga Springs. If you know of a high-school girl in grades 9-12 who you think you might benefit from this dynamic and inspiring workshop, please have her, or her parents, contact Ruth Horton at saratogadreamitbeit@gmail.com for further details and registration forms. The registration must be received prior to the program. The date of the workshop has been rescheduled for October 12, 2019.

 

At the Workshop, professionals from the Saratoga Regional YMCA and SISC will guide the girls through Dream It Be It Modules (1) Discovering Your Dreams, (2) Exploring Careers and (3) Creating Achievable Goals. The girls will also hear from inspirational women speakers who have overcome obstacles in their own lives to become successful civic leaders and professionals. This is an interactive programs which will provide the participants with skills to begin to chart their course in the future.

 

Mar 20, 2019
Friday, May 10, 5:30-7:30 PM, Sunnyside Gardens, 345 Church Street, Saratoga Springs 12866
 
Join us at the kick off event for Soroptimist International of Saratoga County's Secret Garden Tour. Purchase a plant or gift card for Mother's Day or to start your spring gardening! Raffles include a round of golf for 4 ( with cart) at Saratoga National golf course, and many other great prizes. Ned Chapman from Sunnyside Gardens will be giving a Nedtalk about tropical plant container gardening. Enjoy a complimentary Wine and Cheese party with a percentage of the proceeds from garden purchases and raffles benefitting Soroptimist programs locally and internationally. It is also the chance for the public to purchase tickets for the 25th annual Secret Garden Tour July 7, 2019. Click here for more information and to register.
 
 
Mar 20, 2019
 
 
Join the Secret Gardens Tour Honorary Committee! Celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Secret Gardens Tour on Sunday, July 7, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a stunning mix of some of the favorite gardens of tours past as well as surprises for this special milestone year. The self-guided tour is an all-volunteer fundraiser presented by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County, working to enable women and girls to live their dreams locally and throughout the world. 
 
The Secret Gardens Tour draws hundreds of visitors who spend the day enjoying exceptional gardens throughout the local area. Each year, an Honorary Committee forms to promote and support the Tour.  Every dollar raised contributes to empowering women and girls to be the best that they can be.
 
You can be a part of this exciting tour by clicking here to learn more about the Honorary Committee and how to enroll to support this stellar 25th Anniversary event.
Click here for an enrollment form to print and mail with a check.
 
Mar 17, 2019

SISC member Dr. Robin Solomon traveled to Butembe, Uganda to observe the results of her work on behalf of SISC’ s Global Initiative grant to help fund a birthing center and incinerator with The Giving Circle.

 

 

 

 

Mar 16, 2019

At the March membership meeting, SISC member Janet Foster was inducted into the Laurel Society of Soroptimist International . Congratulations to all our club members pictured who provide ongoing financial support beyond dues to ensure SI programs have the funds needed to serve women and girls around the world.

Established in 1994, the Laurel Society is SIA’s prestigious recognition program for donors who contribute gifts totaling $1,000 or more. Since inception, nearly 7,000 Laurel Society members have given over $12 million to help economically empower women and girls through our Dream Programs.

Mar 12, 2019

On Saturday, April 6, 2019 High School girls from Saratoga County high schools will participate in our next Dream It Be It program. We offer this program in order to help girls find strategies to overcome challenges and obstacles they are likely to face in their lives and future careers. The program is sponsored by Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) in partnership with the Saratoga Regional YMCA. For more information about the event click here.

Mar 10, 2019

At the February SISC meeting, members of the Ad Hoc Advocacy group gave an informative report on the issue of menstrual equality. Click here to see the content of the presentation and for links to further information.

Mar 10, 2019

The Spring meeting of the North Atlantic Region Soroptimists will be hosted by Soroptimist International of Butler County, PA, May 3-5, 2019. Click here for more information.

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