Soroptimist International of Gig Harbor’s mission is to improve the lives of women and girls in our community and the world. However, your financial support enables us to sustain our current outreach programs and to establish new programs in our community as the needs arise. What are some of these programs?
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Awards and Scholarships: SIGH currently funds one scholarship and two awards. The Women’s Opportunity Award is actually a scholarship, given to a deserving post-secondary student, who is enrolled in courses to improve her job skills, succeed in job retraining, or is working to obtain an associate degree or professional certificate at an approved college. The recipient may then be nominated for regional and national recognition. The Violet Richardson Award is given to a high school girl, age 14-17, who has distinguished herself through volunteerism. A monetary award is given by SIGH to the student’s respective volunteer activity in her name and she can be nominated for further recognition at the regional and national level. The third, the Ruby Award, recognizes the accomplishments and involvement of a local woman in her community to improve the lives of women and girls.
Project Safe Harbor: This local program provides emergency support assistance to victims of domestic violence. Project Safe Harbor is a collaborative effort between SIGH, the Gig Harbor Police Department, and the Pierce County Sherriff’s Department. It enables women and their dependent children to leave an abusive situation quickly and safely and provides victims with additional informational resources.
“S” Club: New in 2011, the “S” Club is a Soroptimist program for high school girls and is conducted in cooperation with the Boys and Girls Club. The purpose of the “S” Club is to strengthen positive values, healthy self-esteem, and commitment to volunteering in the community. The program is open to all high school-age girls within the Peninsula School District.
The success of each of these programs depends on the generosity of donors. Through fundraising events and direct donations, SIGH can ensure the continued success and growth of all of its outreach programs.