What We Do
Throughout history and still to this day, women throughout the world face obstacles solely because of their gender. They disproportionately suffer from poverty and discrimination. It’s for this reason that Soroptimist, an organization of and by women, chooses to focus on the special challenges facing women and girls.
Soroptimist’s Dream Programs—Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women and Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls—ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. Soroptimist is committed to investing in programs that have a sustainable, measurable change for women and girls.
Soroptimist also sponsors LiveYourDream.org, an online community empowering offline volunteer action. The self-motivated network is made up of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Members of the free online community work on topics such as women’s economic empowerment, ending violence against women, human trafficking, and more.
Soroptimist International of Napa participates in programs on the local level, depending on the specific needs of our community. Programs that we have supported or been involved in include “The Future is You!” scholarship program for graduating senior girls of Napa Valley Unified District schools, furnishing a room at the new “Monarch Justice Center”, “Girls on the Run Napa- Solano”, NEWS (Napa Emergency Women’s Services), COPE Family Center, VOICES, “The Table”, sponsor of an Optimist Junior High girls basketball team, feeding the homeless at “The Table” and more. We participate in the “Shop with a Cop” program at the holidays, have provided baskets for residents in a convalescent home and baskets of needed items for women and children who find themselves in need at the NEWS shelter.