Just a few of our many ongoing service projects are:
Fullerton YWCA Prom Project
In conjunction with the YWCA, Soroptimist International provides service hours, and funds for this service project which provides high school seniors, who would normally be unable to go to their high school prom, have that memorable opportunity. Seniors apply to be a part of the program and are provided a prom dresses which have been donated or have been collected by service clubs, high school students and the community at large. During the Prom project give away, seniors get to pick out a dress have the dress tailored, receive some accessories, and are provided complimentary hair design and make up techniques for their night out.
Relay for Life
The American Cancer Society holds a Relay for LIfe in local communities to raise funds for cancer research. In Fullerton, every June community members, family and friends walk in honor or in memory of loved ones faced with cancer. Soroptimist International of Fullerton has been a sponsor of this event every year, and has a team committed to being on the track for 24 continuous hours. This is a very uplifting event and one that raises funds for a very important cause.
Crittenton Services For Children and Families
Making a difference for women and girls is the mission of Soroptimist International of Fullerton, and there is no better way to make a difference than to support a young woman who has faced challenges in her young life. Crittenton Services conducts a residential group home for children who have experienced domestic violence, substance abuse, or a variety of other issues. Each month a girl is selected to receive the "girl of the month" award for recognition in improvements in behavior, schooling, and attitude. This awardee is selected by counselors at the home for making signficant steps to improving to her life. She receives a certificate and gift certificate for her hard work.
Testimonial from Crittenton - The Girl of the Month program has been a great success on our campus. The selection process is an involved one. On campus we have four units that the girls live in and for each of those cottages we have a Unit Supervisor who has the role of "Mom". The "Mom" of each Unit is asked to submit their nomination for the girl of the month award and then we decide as a team. The girl that wins is not necessarily the best client on campus, as those girls often get other rewards. With this rewards we like to chose the client on campus who has taken difficult personal strides and/or overcome something challenging. For instance, one of our past winners was chosen because she has a fear of speaking in front of others and she was able to conduct an entire training for our staff and administrators. At the training this young women shared her story with staff, which forever changed many of our staff members. It was a proud moment for her and our staff. In addition, it was a great opportunity to reward a client who overcame something with grace and confidence!!
We announce the winner in our community meetings, which involve the entire cottage both staff and clients. Before the award is given the staff share why the winner was chosen. When the girls find out that they were awarded and chosen out of the entire campus, you can see the positive impact it has on them. Then the winner is given the option to share something with the group if she wants too. Many of our past winners that are still with us have their awards displayed in their rooms.
Is the leading domestic violence shelter in North Orange County. Providing services to women and their children whom have been victims of domestic abuse, exploitation, and trafficking. Fullerton Soroptimist learned that when women were admitted to the shelter, they were generally admitted with only the clothes on their backs. As underwear must be in new condition to be given to the women, there was a critical shortage for the women and their children to have undergarments. Now, approximately twice a year, Fullerton Soroptimist makes a large donation of bras and underwear to the Center. Funding for this project is provided through a grant from the Bagne Family Foundation and Soroptimist contributions.
Maple Elementary School hosts the Mustang Ladies program for girls. This program was designed to allow grade school aged girls of the career opportunities available to them if they work and study hard. To break the chain of violence, despair, and sometimes lack of self confidence, the girls learn about how to study more efficiently, how to study, and have guest speakers who teach them about various careers and the educational paths required to get there. They also learn from the speakers the personal obstacles that they have overcome to achieve their professional goals. Soroptimist members speak to the girls about their careers hoping to inspire them into a professional career. Soroptimist also provides financial support for transportation for field trips to visit women in their field, luncheons, journals, and other supplies.
Testimonial from Mustang Ladies - With gracious funding from the Fullerton Soroptimist Grant we have the opportunity to outreach to 25 chosen Mustang Ladies in grades 4-6. Each student fills out an application and is chosen based off of teacher, parent recommendations, and how sincere and thoughtful each answer is on the application. Then, every 2 months we invite a guest speaker who is a role model in the community to inspire and motivate our students to look at career options for their futures. We meet during lunchtime and also have an end of the year field trip. In previous years, we've honored the following guests: Ms. Leah Larson - Civil Engineer FY12 SWE-OC President, Ms. Yadi Moth - ADP and Creator of SPAIR sandals, Mrs. Sandy Diaz - Culinary Chef, Ms. Hazel Perez - Fullerton Police Officer, Ms. Naomi Rust - Attorney At Law, Mrs. Teresa Coehlo - Founder of Power of Modesty, Ms. Jessica Duran - SCCO Optometry, Mrs. Corinne Griffith - Author. We thank these women and many more whom were not mentioned for taking time out of their busy schedules to come plant seeds of inspiration in each one of your ladies. Previous Field Trips 2011 - Cal State University, Fullerton Campus Wide Tour; 2010 - Biola University Campus Wide Tour.