Just a few of our many ongoing service projects are:
Many thanks to the Bagne Foundation and all other contributors for your support throughout these years.
- 1,100 Bras for Women and Girls
- Over 4,260 pairs of Panties for Women, and Girls and Boys briefs
More than 930 pair of socks and several tank tops for homeless former foster girls
Project Underwear...6 years and going strong!
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 women, children and families 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 of improvements in behavior, attitude and education. This awardee is selected by counselors at the site for taking significant steps to improving her life and 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 reward we like to choose 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 woman 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 the reason 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.
WTLC is a comprehensive residential program committed to service all victims of violence including women struggling with substance abuse or mental illness and survivors with older male children. They are one of the recipients of Project Underwear. For more information visit their website: www.wtlc.org.
Mustang Ladies/Ladera Leading Ladies
Maple Elementary School hosts the Mustang Ladies program for girls and Ladera Vista Junior High School hosts the Ladera Leading Ladies.These programs' vision is to bring career options to the ladies in fourth through eighth grades and to instill an opportunity to seek out professions that might not be within their families, communities and environment. The program also wants to instill a seed of hope and dreams early on for college mindset. This year the Mustang Ladies and Ladera Leading Ladies look forward to another student-led project where the ladies decide how to change the community with their leadership. Soroptimist of Fullerton provides financial support for all aspects of these inspiring, transforming programs.
Testimonial from Mustang Ladies - With gracious funding from the Fullerton Soroptimist Grant we have the opportunity to reach out to 25 chosen Mustang Ladies in grades 4-6. Each student fills out an application and is chosen based on teacher and parent recommendations, and the quality of the application. 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 the ladies.