What We Do

you'll hear it again and again

Soroptimists are business and professional women of all ages, cultures and ethnic groups. We are working moms and single women, small business owners and corporate executives, nurses and physicians, attorneys and teachers. The common thread that connects all Soroptimists is our desire to make a difference for women.

Since 1921, Soroptimists have been committed to enhancing the quality of life within their communities, improving the status of women and encouraging goodwill among nations. The themes underlying Soroptimist remains constant: service, friendship, and community.

If you are an accomplished business or professional woman, actively employed or retired, who wishes to provide volunteer service in an atmosphere of support, friendship and fun, then joining Soroptimist may be right for you. Soroptimist membership provides a variety of benefits, including:

  • Fulfillment – Working on projects that improve the lives of women and girls leads to personal satisfaction and recognition from the community.
  • Friendship – Cultivating relationships with other women who have similar interests and values is rewarding.
  • Diversity – Meeting and learning about women from different ethnic and cultural backgrounds, and participating in projects that address the needs of women in other countries expands our world view.
  • Networking – Associating with other professionals fosters valuable business connections.
  • Leadership – Taking on committee and/or board responsibilities enhances professional capabilities as well as leadership skills.

From our members and on our website, you'll hear it again and again, Soroptimist means "best for women" and that's what we strive to be as individuals and as 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.

In order to accomplish this goal, the Soroptimist International of Saratoga County (SISC) administers local programs throughout the New York Capital Region as well as international initiatives.

Our Awards:

  • Live Your Dream Award: given annually to a female head of household who is obtaining an undergraduate education in order to improve her employment status when she re-enters the workforce.
  • Violet Richardson Award: given to a young woman between the ages of 14 and17 who makes the community and world a better place through her volunteer efforts.

Our Projects:

Soroptimist International of Saratoga County has supported a variety of local service projects over the years, many of which reflect our commitment to the needs and concerns of women and children.

  • Project Hope and Power - Our Signature Service Project: This is a collaborative project with Wellspring (formerly Domestic Violence and Rape Crisis Services of Saratoga County). This eight-week program is an initiative designed to help women who are victims and survivors of domestic violence develop the skills needed to begin working toward financial independence.
  • Dream It, Be It - Career Support for Girls will help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Soroptimist clubs will work in partnership with girls in small groups or a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.