Keeping Busy for Community!
SI Davis members are dedicated to serving our community through multiple avenues, including community service projects, fundraising and public awareness efforts.
Below are some of the projects that keep our committees and club members busy!
We assemble and donate rescue backpacks to Empower Yolo, Dignity Health and Sutter Health to be used in interventions to rescue trafficked women and children. Interventions are undertaken in hospital emergency rooms and in sting operations conducted jointly by law enforcement and social services.
Empower Yolo plays an active role in these operations and shelters victims of trafficking and domestic violence. Each backpack contains clothing, hygienic supplies, toiletries, snacks and water for women and children found to be at risk for trafficking. We also collaborate with like-minded anti-trafficking organizations such as Opening Doors, Deena Graves Consulting and Foster & Kinship Care Education to raise awareness of trafficking in our communities through informal meetings, community outreach, workshops and presentations.
Live Your Dream Awards
The Live Your Dream Award, a signature Soroptimist program, is an annual cash grant that the club gives to a woman who serves as financial head of household while completing an undergraduate education or vocational /skills training program. The grant is a resource for motivated women to improve their education, skills and employment prospects, thus leading to better lives for themselves and their family.
Since 1972, this honor, originally called the Women’s Opportunity Award, has distributed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women around the world. The Live Your Dream Award involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where SI Davis offers up to $5,000. Local recipients are eligible for additional cash awards at the regional and international level.
The application process is entirely online as of 2018, with all materials due by Nov. 15. Recipients are announced in January or February. Awardees are invited to a luncheon in their honor at Odd Fellows Hall. They are encouraged to bring a guest, and many awardees choose to bring their children.
The application consists of a written portion, financial summary and two letters of reference. The application is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
High School Scholarships
Dream It, Be It Career Mentoring
Dream It, Be It is a Soroptimist International of the Americas program offering career support for girls 14-17. There has been a global need for mentorship and college and/or career readiness for young girls, and this program was designed to address this need.
SI Davis is grateful for our continued partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. High School, a local alternative high school, where we have distributed an adapted version of SIA’s program to the female students since the 2015-2016 school year.
Participating club members meet with students once a month at King High.
- Discovering Your Dreams
- Exploring Careers
- Creating Achievable Goals
- Rising Above Obstacles
- Turning Failure into Success
- Balancing your Stress
- Putting Your Dreams into Action
We invite guest speakers from the community to join in our sessions as often as we can. It’s been a blast, and as member Brenda Fudge noted, “This is what SI Davis should be doing!”
Press: Soroptimists mentor King High students (Davis Enterprise)
Pacifico Student Cooperative Housing
SI Davis provides gift cards (groceries, gas), holiday stockings, and in-kind donations year-round to Pacifico residents.
SI Davis member Ellie Cobarrubia sews quilted, zippered cosmetics bags and members fill them with hygiene items like deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes and more. The hygiene kits go to local women and girls escaping domestic violence and trafficking. If you’d like to donate any items, please contact us.
Good Fellowship Soup Night
The silent auction features gift items and baskets, providing an opportunity for a jump start on holiday shopping.
In 2020, we went virtual! We had an online silent auction and streaming Dream Program, along with meals from Sudwerk Brewing Co.