HAPPY NEW YEAR SOROPTIMIST OF PALM SPRINGS
Summer break is over and our new year begins this coming Tuesday, September 1st at 7:00 a.m. at IHOP (International House of Pancake) on Indian Canyon and Ramon.
Are you a woman living or working in Palm Springs, or nearby and want to help other women, but don’t know how? Are you new in town with a wish to make new women friends? Are you just here for the fall and winter and want to be involved in the
community? If the answer to one or all of these questions is YES, you have come to the right place!
Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world.
The Palm Spring Club helps to improve the lives of girls through the Ophelia Project. Ophelia is a program of
the Healthy Family Foundation since 1998. It is a comprehensive five year group
mentoring program serving hundreds of girls annually in 8th through 12th grade. The
Ophelia model consists of group mentoring that takes place in the schools during the
school day at the invitation of the school districts. The goals of the Ophelia Project are to:
reduce drop-out rates;
increase grade point averages;
increase graduation rates;
increase parent engagement in their child’s academics;
encourage career goal setting;
promote higher education pursuing college or trade school;
and receive scholarship assistance.
Our second service project is Soroptimist House of Hope in Desert Hot Springs. House of Hope is a 4-bedroom house functioning as a substance abuse disorder recovery facility for women in the Coachella Valley. House of Hope was started in 1981 by 10 Soroptimist clubs in Riverside County. The program is a residential, family-style environment for a maximum of six recovery clients at a time. The Palm Springs Club provides a yearly donation to House of Hope. Once a year we have a “Shower” for the residents. We provide dinner and gift totes of personal items; shampoo, soap, etc. for each of the girls as well as a gift certificate for the house for supplies. We get to know the girls and their stories and they get to meet the women who are supporting them.
To learn more about these two projects, see the Service Projects tab on this website.
Our third service project is “Live Your Dream” which is a scholarship program for women who are head of households and have gone back to school to improve their lives and their family’s lives. This is a project in which most clubs throughout the Federation participate including all clubs here in the Valley. Our local Coachella Valley winner is eligible to compete for Region and Federation Awards.
To support these programs and other projects Soroptimist of Palm Springs work hard and play hard. We have fun while helping the women of Palm Springs.
For more information. See the Contact Us page on this website. For Membership information, contact our Membership Chair, Char Bossel at email@example.com or 760-202-7810 or you may contact me, President Sharon Snow at Sksnow@aosnow.com. We would be honored to have your join us.