SI Davis has several fundraisers a year. Each year, it reinvests all of its profits in its programs and projects. These include Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Students at King High School. It also funds high school scholarships, community grants to nonprofits, and anti-trafficking efforts.
Soroptimist International of Davis is pleased to announce its 2021 Community Grant recipients. The monetary awards, distributed this spring, support local nonprofits that advance the education and empowerment of women and girls.
Two $3,000 grants went to:
- Explorit Science Center to present a four-part series on “Women and Girls in STEM in the 21st Century” to about 25 girls. Topics include astronomy and space; computer coding and animation; electric circuits and design; and nature and the environment.
- Sutter Davis Hospital’s Victim Intervention for Violence and Abuse program. This provides short-term hotel lodging to victims of violence, human trafficking and sexual assault. Emergency departments are often the first point of care for these victims.
Two $1,000 grants were awarded to:
- iDream: The Mac Give Back Project, to purchase refurbished Apple laptops and iPads for women and girls in need, during a time when computer access is crucial.
- Multicultural Families Rock, to purchase copies of the children’s picture book “Where Wonder Grows” by Xelena González to give to the families served by ApoYolo and the Davis Migrant Center. The book is about a grandmother bonding with her granddaughters as she teaches them how much they can learn by being curious.
Grant applications were assessed based on their alignment with the Soroptimist mission, vision, core values, community impact and feasibility. Any organization, including previous recipients, may apply through our competitive grant process.
Applicants will receive notice by May 1 of the status of their application. There are three ways to apply:
- Fill out the application on our Grant Application Page and submit directly. If you have difficulty accessing or filling out the form, please click here.
- Download the Word doc and fill it out. Email the completed file as an attachment (in Word or converted to a pdf) to email@example.com with the subject line “2021 Grant Application.” Add your name and contact information in the body of the email.
- Download the Word doc, fill it out, and mail a paper copy it to SI Davis, PO Box 472, Davis, CA 95617, Attn: Grant Applications.
Members of Soroptimist International of Davis change the lives of women and girls via our signature programs: the Live Your Dream award and Dream It, Be It career coaching and mentoring for high school girls. Watch the video from Soroptimist International of the Americas to learn more about the impact of our signature programs.
Live Your Dream Awards
Our 2021 Recipients Have Been Announced!
SI Davis’ two signature programs are Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women, and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls (run at King High School). It also funds high school scholarships, grants to nonprofits that align with the Soroptimist mission, and anti-trafficking efforts.
This year, the club awarded six Live Your Dream grants, helping single mothers pay for expenses while they further their education or training. These recipients often survive hardships like domestic violence, poverty, homelessness and foster care but are working to better their lives for themselves and their children. The club initially budgeted $10,000 for the award this year, but was able to add $3,000 more when an anonymous donor stepped forward to support the program.
Ashley Matlock of Davis received $4,000. The single mother of one attended Woodland Community College and plans to transfer to Yuba College and then Sacramento State to study nursing. Her goal is to continue on to UC Davis to become a nurse practitioner, and work in hospice care.
Leticia Garcia of Dunnigan received $3,000. The single mother of five attends Woodland Community college and wants to become a registered nurse.
Angela Tamagni of Clearlake received $3,000. The single mom of two attended Woodland Community College and will transfer to Sonoma State University in the fall, studying accounting.
Three other recipients received $1,000 each. Due to the nature of the award, some recipients wish their names to remain private.