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SOROPTIMIST INTERNATIONAL OF HUNTINGTON BEACH

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Human Services, International, International Relief, Women, Womens Rights, Womens Service Clubs

Mission: To improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Target demographics: women and girls to achieve such things as gender equality, freedom from poverty, sex trafficking, domestic violence and more.

Direct beneficiaries per year: Many women and their children plus other non profits whose missions are compatible with ours.

Geographic areas served: To improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Programs: Soroptimist International of the Americas Live Your Dream Educational & Training Awards and Dream It, Be It Career Support for Girls Program plus adopting one or two single moms for our year and holding an Annual Day of Empowerment once a year.

Community Stories

25 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I've belonged to Soroptimist for close to two years and it would take me hours to list all the good the organization has done. We have helped so many people in so many different ways. Helping financially, helping people become independent, providing shelter and food and diapers, building self esteem, teaching self protection, getting basic hygiene items to teenagers, helping animals, on and on and on.

terryrose

Board Member

Rating: 5

SI Huntington Beach supports the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter and recently attended a thank you party.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach is committed to improving the lives of women and girls in actions as well as words. We adopted 2 moms for our Soroptimist year this year, will give 3 Live Your Dream Cash Awards to single moms going to school and often working and will host 20 women to a Day of Self-Esteem in February. In addition, we contribute to the CARE Programs at Orange Coast & Golden West Colleges. Here we are having made "no sew" blankets for the CARE students at OCC.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am proud to be a member of Soroptimist International HB Chapter - a great group of volunteers dedicated to improving the lives of deserving women and girls in our community. This is an organization that truly cares about the community it serves and is determined to help our moms succeed despite many obstacles in their lives. I am passionate about the mission and highly recommend this organization.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love being a part of a group that gives so much of their time to helping other women and girls in their community that need a hand up. When they feel support and respect from people who care about them, these ladies and girls are empowered to be their best.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Being a part of the Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach has been an enriching experience. The members not only have a great sense of giving back, but they truly care for the women and children we are helping. Everyone seems to pitch in to do their part in being connected to the community and the recipients of our contributions and awards.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I’ve been a member of this incredible group of women for 11 years. We’ve been working in Huntington Beach for over 50 years helping life-challenged women and girls to reach their potential. From providing mentoring to helping them celebrate special occasions like Christmas, birthdays and other holidays, Soroptimist of Huntington is there to support them in their time of need.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Excellent organization - they provide both hands on help and assistance as well as fundraising for various philanthropic organizations in the greater Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley area. Their focus is on finding as many ways as possible to better the lives of women and girls and they do a fantastic job! This is a great group of women, many of whom are also heavily involved in their own families and careers and other volunteer organizations, but they rise to the challenge to help women in need over and over again through Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach. The community of HB would not be the same without this group of amazing and truly caring women!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I highly recommend this nonprofit organization. I have been involved with them for many years and the work that Soroptimist does, both locally and globally, makes a huge difference in the lives of women and children. One of our supported charities is "Project Self Sufficiency", which provides assistance to single mothers who are trying to make a better life for themselves. I have personally mentored many of these young women and seen them go on to get degrees at wonderful institutions AND go on to have great careers, many of them becoming involved in the helping professions themselves! Whenever we have one of our "moms" speak at a meeting, there are tears and huge applause - these women have been through so much and have struggled to survive, but they power through and keep plugging away so that their children's lives will be better. I am so inspired by the women we help through Project Self Sufficiency and this is just one of many philanthropic organizations that Soroptimist of Huntington Beach provides assistance for.
I have been very appreciative of all the good work that SIHB does for women and children and have also been very grateful to belong to an organization of such wonderful women who are all gathering together for friendship and service.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a proud member of this organization for over 20 years. Our mission has always been to help women and girls, and we have been doing just that - in ways big and small.

Leslie M.3

Board Member

Rating: 5

SI Huntington Beach is committed to helping women strive to become their best selves. The dedication and commitment of the volunteers to make a contribution to our local community is powerful. Fundraising, mentorship, education and guidance - SI HB is truly one of the best organizations around aided by some of the best women around!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach has helped our CARE Students from Golden West College by offering scholarships. C.A.R.E. (Cooperative Agencies Resources for Education) is a state funded program designed to assist single parents who are recipients of TANF/CalWORKs who are attending college and are guided and supported to achieve their educational goals. The CARE program was established by AB3103 (Hughes, Statutes of 1982. Chapter1029) to assist EOPS students, who are at the time of acceptance into CARE are recipients of CalWORKs, single heads of households with children, to break the welfare-dependency cycle by completing college-level educational training programs, and therefore, become more employable and economically self-sufficient. CARE was initiated at the first state-funded program of its kind in the nation. Our students have many obstacles that can keep them from dropping out of school, but with the help of Soroptimist Scholarships, students can achieve their educational goals. Below is a picture of Terry Rose one of our CARE partners, she assist our students with educational workshops, scholarships, and she is a EOPS/CARE/GS Advisory Board member. The other picture is the CARE students in which six students graduated this year. Congratulations to the Class of 2018 we are so proud of you. And thank you Soroptimist International for all that you do to help our students. Lorena Perez, Golden West College CARE Program Specialist.

Board Member

Rating: 5

I am entering my fifth year as a member of this great organization. Last year our membership soared by 25% as members in our community are learning about the fruits of our labor. Last year, we exceeded our goals in improving lives of women and girls in our community by adhering to our two signature programs: Dream it! Be It! and Live Your Dream! We conducted a 7-week career mentorship program to 30 high schools girls who, otherwise would not have experienced such an opportunity. We also awarded $10,000 in scholarships to 6 single moms, who are head of household and attending college. We have partnered with various other local organizations such as The Assistance League of Huntington Beach, C.A.R.E programs at Goldenwest College and Orange Coast College, Huntington Beach Senior Center, Collette's House and that's just to name a few. I am looking forward to another successful upcoming year as we increase our footprint in this community by helping other organizations who are in line with our mission.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach (SIHB) is an organization whose mission statement is to improve lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. In the fiscal year 2016 -2017, some of their activities/donations/service projects were 12 donations to various organization in Huntington Beach. These donation were made in cash as well as in items that the organizations needed. SIHB held at least 13 service projects to benefit various organizations in Orange County. They awarded 6 scholarships to students who fit the mission. SIHB's plan for the 2017 -2018 fiscal year is to exceed their 'giving' from last year. So far, the service projects are a diaper drive to benefit the C.A.R.E. programs at Goldenwest West and Orange Coast colleges, a donation of a scooter to an elderly person and a donation of a bed to an elderly person. This group of women are passionate about their work!!!!!

Board Member

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach offers a terrific career mentorship program for teen girls called "Dream It, Be It." It's a seven-week program that helps girls at risk for additional challenges due to poverty, violence or teen pregnancy envision career possibilities and develop essential skills to achieve their career dreams. Evaluations of this program have been very positive, both from the girls and from the Soroptimists who have served as mentors.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach is a fantastic organization made up of talented, generous women. SIHB serves the local community both financially and emotionally and many prior recipients stay in touch with members. I am proud to be associated with SIHB.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach is highly involved in the Huntington Beach CA community. They offer a generous scholarship to single moms who are going to school and continuously support self-sufficiency for women in our community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach is an awesome non-profit organization. We support so many different charities in HB and we have a ton of fun while doing it. I have been a member for many, many years and it is so exciting to be able to give back to our community in so many different ways. All the members are fantastic and all of the local charities that we support are so deserving and so clearly in need of the additional funding and hands on help that we provide.
I strongly encourage women to join this organization and I hope that local businesses will support us in the work that we do for the community.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I first learned about SIHB many years ago through another non-profit I was President of. SIHB has a program in which they adopt a local single parent family for a year. Most years it was a family from my other organization. Additionally, they have a Day of Self-Esteem for 20 low income women each spring. The majority of these women were again from my other organization. I got to know the wonderful, caring women of SIHB and wanted to be part of their group and great programs. I have now been a member for 4 years and love every minute.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach is a deliciously creative group of women who inspire action, advocate, and create opportunities to positively transform the lives of women and girls. They are definite keepers!

Board Member

Rating: 5

This group helps women and girls locally and internationally. They're also a terrific group of ladies!

Board Member

Rating: 5

To watch a woman or young girl gain her power and her voice is an amazing thing. To work to improve the lives of women and girls both locally and throughout the world is my greatest passion and Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach gives me opportunities to live my passion. In addition, the women who are members of our club are phenomenal as well in their spirit of caring and sharing. I am proud to be a part of it!

Advisor

Rating: 5

Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach is an amazing organization! The women that are a part of this nonprofit organization work extremely hard to empower less fortunate women in our community. They have been instrumental in helping our low-income, single parents in our EOPS/CARE Program at Golden West College. The Dolly Wakeham and Live Your Dream Awards not only provide scholarship money, but also emotional support to the recipients. The organization is like an extended family of loving individuals who truly care for the betterment of others. Terry Rose has been a blessing to our students for many years. She has a heart of gold! Everyone in the EOPS/CARE/Guardian Scholars Program is truly grateful for her work and all the work of the committed women in Soroptimist!!