Mission: 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.
Results: We have been successful in making more people in Atlanta aware of the problem of child sexual exploitation through our nationwide STOP Trafficking Program. We have served the Atlanta area since 1947 and currently have 25 local members. We provide more than $3000 in annual awards gifts to women and girls who need special assistance.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Two women and one young girl per year receive cash awards to assist in education and assist in services that help women and girls.
I have been a member of Soroptimist International of the Americas in the Soroptimist of Atlanta GA club since 1992. The Atlanta club has now served to help women and girls in the greater Atlanta area since 1946. Membership is this business and professional women's organization has been beneficial not only to the women we serve but has brought women of all professions together for networking and socializing and making friendships that will last forever. If you are a woman who wants to make the lives of women and girls in our community better, please attend one of our meetings or fundraisers.