About Us

About Us

The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what our organization strives to achieve.

Who We Are

"Women Helping Women Locally & Globally."

Soroptimist International is a volunteer organization of business and professional women who strive to improve the lives of women and girls in local communities and throughout the world. Through international partnerships across 130 countries and a global network of 80,000+ members, Soroptimist women contribute time and financial support to local and global communities, inspiring action and creating opportunities to transform the lives of women and girls.

What We Do

Soroptimist International of Monroe County (SIMC) works to help make a difference in the lives of women by: 

  • assisting women and girls with educational awards
  • raising awareness and advocating for women's issues,
  • engaging in community service.

For more information about SIMC, email simonroecounty@soroptimist.net

Vision, Mission & Pledge

Vision

Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.

Mission

Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.

Pledge

I pledge allegiance to Soroptimist and to the ideals for which it stands: the Sincerity of Friendship, the Joy of Acheivement, the Dignity of Service, the Integrity of Profession, the Love of Country. I will put forth my greatest effort to promote, uphold, and defend these ideals for a larger fellowship in home, in society, in business, for country and for God.

Impact Projects

Movie Night @ Paula’s House II 

On November 21, 2016, Soroptimist members hosted MOVIE NIGHT at Paula’s House II with women and children watching the animated move “Inside Out”. The story centers around the “core” feelings of a brand new baby and stays with her as she and her “feelings” grow. One little girl at Paula’s House said things like “she’s crying” and “now she’s happy” . She is only three years old and is aware of the various faces. Our members took popcorn, candies and drinks to movie night. This is the second of our various activities planned to assist these women in their goal of becoming productive through our mentorship. 

Thanks to our members who volunteer to assist in these various programs. 

Submitted by: 
SI Midwestern Region Governor Vivian Walczesky

Movie Night was part of the monthly “Mentor Her” Program. In 2016 SIMC launched a hands on mentoring project, The Mentor Her Program, with Paula's House II, a residential facility for women in transition from incarceration or addiction recovery. Paula's House is a special place because children are allowed to live there with their mothers. Soroptimist members meet with residents for monthly gatherings which sometimes include the kids and are sometimes just for moms. Themes for the gatherings include: Watching a movie with the kids, Mindful Stress Reduction, Financial Literacy, Healthy Relationships, Painting and Conversation, Pampering Day and Yoga. The ongoing interaction, with elements of light AND serious topics, is allowing both our members and the residents to get to know each other, gain needed skills and enjoy our time together.  For more information on Paula's House, click here - Paula's House

Rolanda (9) and Tania (8)

Rolanda (9) and Tania (8)

The Education Across Borders Project

In conjunction with the Soroptimist International goal to educate girls in developing countries, we launched the Education Across Borders Project. Nine SIMC members stepped forward to fund the program. Our first school partnership is with the Benevolence School in Lanzac, Haiti.  As the poorest country in the western hemisphere, there is great need in Haiti and a grim future for most of it's children, especially girls. Benevolence was founded in 2014 by the non-profit Grace and Glory and is a wonderful grassroots organization.

To make a difference in the life of a child, well, "it takes a village"; in this case it's a global village. This year Rolanda and Tania, pictured here, will be able to attend school . . . and so will 10 more girls. , ensuring their educational and nutritional needs are met, learning sustainable life skills and starting on their journey to "live their dreams".

More info on the Grace & Glory Foundation can be found here.

Board Members

Bonnie Snyder
Treasurer
Colleen Laginess
Co-Secretary
Elaine Cangealose
Director
Heather Burkhart
Co-Secretary
Nicole Thorpe
Director
Pam Urbanski
President-Elect
Patricia Cavell
President
Pricilla Hutra
Director
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