SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF THE AMERICAS
Rating: 1 stars 1 1 review 74
Issues: International, Crime & Law, Women
Location: PO Box 676 Wickenburq AZ 85358 USA
Founded in 1921, Soroptimist International of the Americas is an international organization for business and professional women who provide volunteer service to their communities. About 45,000 Soroptimists in 20 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based and international projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist International of the Americas is part of Soroptimist International, which comprises almost 95,000 members in about 120 countries.
The name, Soroptimist, means 'best for women,' and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best working to help other women to be their best.
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of service to their communities. Club projects range from renovating domestic violence shelters, to providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs that include the Women's Opportunity Awards, Soroptimist Club Grants for Women and Girls, the Soroptimist Workplace Campaign to End Domestic Violence, the Making a Difference for Women Award and the Violet Richardson Award. All projects seek to make life better for women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
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I was the manager of the thrift store for this non-profit for 2 years and 2 months. Although I do believe in Soroptimist International, I don't believe the abuse of power this particular branch of the Soroptimist is running. There is a lot of neglectfullness when it comes to how the employees are treated. I don't believe there to be any controls to how the Soroptimist International keep track of how smaller branches of their club are run. It is very sad when this happens in organizations that are for the greater good. Many times smaller entities of the larger whole do not practice what they preach. Soroptimist is suppose to empower women to give them a leg up. What I found with this "crew" is that they care more about getting into the local paper of "doing good"...when they treat women who are running their non profit thrift store in less than safe and healthy conditions. The buildings have been very run down. My question is, if the buildings are run down and there is no money generated outside of what the Thrift Store makes, instead of having meetings to complain about the Thrift Store...why not use that energy more wisely and do more fund raisers to improve conditions of the store, give raises, and also provide some paid sick days or holiday pay to those who do work very hard for very little? I think that is very news worthy. Providing jobs to women who need them is a very worthy cause as well as giving scholarships. But those are just thoughts. Thank you.
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