Our impact is measured by the lives we see changed. To do so, Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach supports both signature programs of Soroptimist International of the Americas as well as local and international non profits whose missions are synergistic with ours. We do this through our generous donors and sponsors and our fundraising efforts, resulting in a positive impact in the lives of the women and girls we serve.
Our lofty, big goal, as part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, is to improve the lives of 500,000 women and girls by 2031.
Live Your Dream
The Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards assist women, enrolled in an undergraduate program or trade school, who provide the primary source of financial support for their families be more successful. We provide the resources they need to improve their education, skills and career prospects. To apply for this award, click HERE.
Dream It, Be It
Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Soroptimist clubs in 21 countries and territories work in partnership with the girls to provide them with the information and resources they need to be more successful. Most noteworthy, the topics include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles, and teaching how to move forward after setbacks or failures.
We began our second Dream It, Be It Program in partnership with Olive Crest’s Transitional Housing Program in July and will once again team up with SI Newport Harbor Area for another program in the fall.
Dolly Wakeham Memorial Grant
Each year SIHB adopts one or two single moms and their families. Our objective: to support, mentor and, also, to make each holiday and occasion a joyous one. The award is named for Dolly Wakeham, a Huntington Beach Soroptimist who passed away, leaving a small trust fund so that her legacy would live on. The interest from that fund forms the basis for the grant. The fund is augmented (financially and by physical gifts) by the club members and donations from caring people in our community to help women be more successful.
Project Self Sufficiency
Project Self Sufficiency is a program for low income single parents and disadvantaged families. All (moms and dads) must be enrolled in school or job training, meet HUD low-income requirements and, additionally, live, work or be in school in Orange County. Throughout the year, club members donate food, clothing and items for their annual Christmas party and volunteer at various events for the families they serve. SIHB also provides a scholarship for one PSS mom each year.
Community College Scholarships
Each year SIHB selects a single mom, head of household with at least one dependent to receive a “Women’s Empowerment Scholarship” from our club. This scholarship is presented at the local community college’s (OCC, GWC and Coastline) annual Honor’s Night event each spring.
Catou DeFriend Scholarship
Catou DeFriend, former SIHB member & president, left us too soon. She loved to dance so we honor her by presenting a scholarship to a disadvantaged high school girl who has a love for dance like Catou did.
LiveYourDream.org is a movement fiercely dedicated to ensuring every woman and girl has the opportunity to reach her full potential, be free from violence, and live her dreams.
Finally, SIHB hosts a variety of fundraising events throughout the year to add to our organization’s impact, including a wine tasting, bunco game nights and paint nights.
OUR SERVICE PROJECTS INCLUDE:
- Orange County Stop Human Trafficking Task Force
- Thatiana’s House
- Mitzvah Meals at Temple Beth Shalom
- Robyne’s Nest
- Mary’s Path
- Waymakers (formerly the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter)
- The CARE Programs at Golden West College, Orange Coast College & Coastline College
- Haitian Outreach
- The Huntington Beach Senior Center – help for Senior Women
To support these and other Soroptimist International of Huntington Beach’s ongoing programs & compassionate projects, please click on our Donate Now button on the top right of this page or send a check to:
P.O. Box 1306
Huntington Beach, CA 92647