Club Projects

In addition to those ongoing projects described below, we are involved in a variety of initiatives in the greater New Haven area that support our mission to improve the lives of women and girls.  At the start of each term the Board of Directors also selects a partner organization whose mission is aligned with ours, that the club has been particularly inspired by and wants to work with more closely.  Starting this year, we are focusing on New Haven Home Recovery, a fantastic organization providing shelter and support services to hundreds of families in the New Haven area.  In this time of recession, NHHR has had to find ways to meet an ever-increasing list of needs with limited means and we are honored to do what little we can to support their community.

To find out more about what our club is up to at any given time, please check our calendar or contact the board of directors.

Saturday of Service

Four Saturdays a year, NH Soroptimists roll up their sleeves and volunteer at a local organization with a need for some extra hands.  In the past, we have repainted the all-purpose room at Polly McCabe Center in Wooster Square, cleaned and organized the children’s room at one of New Haven Home Recovery‘s shelters, and helped organize clothing donations at IRIS’ Clothes Without Borders Thrift Shop.

Girls’ Empowerment Workshop

NH Soroptimists are currently working with area experts and friends to develop a workshop for middle school-aged girls to address pertinent issues like self love, healthy eating, safe sex, and bullying.

Soroptimist Awards

Soroptimist clubs around the world give out annual awards recognizing service and achievement in our local communities.  Our Women’s Opportunity Award goes to a New Haven woman who is head of household, enrolled in an educational or training program and demonstrates financial need. The Violet Richardson Award honors teenage girls who are making a difference through volunteer service.  The Ruby Award recognizes women who are working to improve the lives of women and girls through either their personal or professional activities. These award programs are a pillar of the organization’s activities, with club winners going on to compete for honors and cash prizes at the regional and federation level.

Soroptimist After Hours

One of the great benefits of being a Soroptimist is the connections we build with like-minded women in our communities.  So we like to take time out from our busy schedules to get to know each other better and to meet other local, professional women with an interest in public service in an informal setting.  Our next “After Hours” event will be held on May 3, 2012, 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

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