Soroptimist is an international volunteer organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world.
The name, Soroptimist, means "best for women," and that's what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimist believes in the collective power of women to promote change through awareness, advocacy and action.
Soroptimist of Chicago are active in programs that fight violence against women including, human trafficking, teen dating violence, rape and domestic violence.
Internationally, Soroptimist has U.N. consultative status. There are clubs in 120 countries working to identify the needs of women in their communities and assist them.
Our current international project is Project Sierra, working to assist women in war torn Sierra Leone.
Our current awareness initiative is an international contemporary art exhibition "Off the Beaten Path".
This free exhibit will be at the Chicago Cultural Center Jan.- April 2011.
In February 2011, we are sponsoring a special program "Stories on Stage" to be broadcast by Chicago Public Radio.
Opportunities through educationare a major focus of our service work. Annually three monetary awards are given to women returning to school and furthering their education.
We also recognize high school girls involved in community service.
The annual presentation of these awards is in March.
Economic self-sufficiency for women is encouraged by working in partnership with job training organizations and financial education programs.
There are three clubs in the Chicago area and suburbs. To learn more about how Soroptimist are making a difference in our communities contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.