Author: Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho
Soroptimist International of Bidwell Rancho-Chico is a group of professional women who strive to make our community and world a better place for women and girls. We are a chapter of Soroptimist International, a worldwide volunteer organization for women. Working in conjunction with this immense organization, we evaluate conditions in our community and decide how best to address local needs. These needs can range from funding a shelter for women who have been trafficked, to holding seminars for at-risk girls, to purchasing bus tickets for needy children. We believe that the club level of Soroptimist are the muscle that moves the mission “to improve the lives of women and girls”. Without the work and dedication of local clubs, Soroptimist programs would not reach the women who need these resources. Our club is dedicated to providing resources that empower women and girls to achieve their potential and improve their lives here in our community and around the world.
We wanted to share a letter, showing the impact our collective Club Giving has! Such a great story!
May 9, 2018
Members of SI/Bidwell Rancho-Chico, CA, thank you! We know how hard you work to generate funds for programs that benefit women and girls. We are so grateful and honored you have elected to contribute a portion of those locally raised funds to Soroptimist’s global programming. Your gift of $1059.00, made on May 9, 2018 is going to travel the world to change the life of a woman or girl who might speak a different language, but still is in equal need of help.
A woman like Sandra, from Bolivia. The $15,000 she received in Live Your Dream Awards funding and the education and stability it made possible, thanks to clubs like SI of Bidwell Rancho-Chico, CA, once felt very far away.
Sandra was sent to live with her Uncle when she was six, after her father died and her mother became overwhelmed. There, she was beaten and food was withheld. Eventually she made her way back to her mother, who had taken on a new boyfriend. This man attempted to rape her multiple times, and his son succeeded. When Sandra’s mother learned of this, she kicked Sandra out of her home. Sandra grew older and met a seemingly kind man, who over time became violent, a drunk, and unfaithful. Sandra divorced him, and following this, one of her sons committed suicide.
Sandra has had a horrific life. What she dreamt of more than anything else in the world was normalcy. By contributing to Club Giving, you and your fellow members made dreams come true for women like Sandra, who is now on her way to graduating high school and becoming a chef so she can better provide a reliable income for her family. Thank you.
I am sure that all the members of SI/Bidwell Rancho-Chico, CA want to know the change they make in a woman or girl’s life. Please share this story with them so they know that every club donation, or action they took to fundraise was well worth it. Additionally, with your generous gift, we are pleased to acknowledge you as a Dream Believers contributor, with a total donation of $1059.00 for the 2017-2018 Club Giving recognition period.
In recognition of your gift, we’ve attached a virtual sign of our appreciation to this email. The attached badge can be placed on your club’s website to distinguish your club for its outstanding support of women around the world.
To add the image to your website, save the badge to your desktop and upload it as you would a photo. If you have any questions, please contact the development department at headquarters.
On behalf of the many women and girls who will benefit this year from your Club Giving contribution, I’d like to again extend my thanks for your generosity.
In Soroptimist friendship,
Tracy Scala, Chair
P.S. SIA President Dawn Marie Lemonds has continued to challenge each club to contribute 10% of their locally raised funds to support SIA’s global work. If your gift represents at least 10% of your local funds, please let us know if you have not done so already by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you so much for this extra dedication!
SI Bidwell Rancho has helped Fairview High School set up a “Success Center” on Campus. The room will be used for counseling, a safe place for students to go and hang out to do homework etc and also will be able to get food and other essentials.