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Soroptimist International of Camarillo support and donate time and/or financial aid to the following organizations.

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LOCAL
Food Share
is a food bank that houses and distributes millions of pounds of food per year to the hungry of Ventura County.  SI of Camarillo actively supports this program.
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Interface Family Services
Our club developed a program “Reach for the Deserts” for survivors of domestic violence. A few of the life skills in the program included how to dress for an interview, create a budget, reconcile a check book, and create a healthy menu. Clergy from the community volunteer their time to give the women spiritual guidance while their children played in a safe and happy environment.  We also saved hard earned dollars from various fundraisers to purchase a nine passenger van for Interface.
 
RAIN - Transitional Living Program 
Since 1997, the RAIN Transitional Living Center (RAIN) has provided housing and services to families and single adults in Ventura County, California, to help with the transition from homelessness to permanent housing.   The only means of cooking in the early years was on an open BBQ so the club members decided to assisted by providing monthly dinners for the residents . The Center now has a new facility and the Club continues to help with the purchase of sheets, blankets and pillows.
 
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ventura County
Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, mentorship matches between volunteer “Bigs” and children “Littles”, ages 6-18. We then provide the necessary training, resources and support necessary for those matches to succeed. 
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STOP Human Trafficking & Sexual Slavery
Annual event takes place on or around the International Women's Day (IWD) on March 8th.
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Amy Durst McAvoy Scholarship Award
College Major/Area of Study: Math or Science (Physical or Natural Sciences). Student Profile: Female students who are residents of Ventura County and who are currently enrolled at California State University, Channel Islands, preferred majoring in math or science (physical or natural sciences). Special Requirement: Financial need will be a weighing factor in final selection of recipient but is not a requirement.
 
    
REGION
Disaster Fund
The funds raised through voluntary contributions by clubs within the Region are used to help both Soroptimists within our Region and in other Regions who have suffered the effects of a natural disaster.
 
Service Fund
The money in this fund is used to award Live Your Dream AwardsDream It Be It and Amy Durst McAvoy Scholarships at the Region levell. Clubs make voluntary donations to this fund so that the Region can give monetary awards at each Spring Conference.
 
    
FEDERATION
Disaster Relief Program
Destructions cause immeasurable hardships for everyone involved, but research shows that women suffer disproportionately during and after disasters. Donations made to this program go towards helping women and children after a disaster has occurred.
 

lrrtThe Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Women’s Opportunity Awards) assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.  Each year, more than $1.6 million in education grants are awarded to more than 1,200 women, many of whom have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, domestic violence and/or drug and alcohol abuse.  Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.

In addition to providing the primary financial support for their families, eligible applicants must be enrolled in, or have been accepted to, a vocational/skills training program or an undergraduate degree program and must demonstrate financial need.   The Live Your Dream Awards involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where award amounts vary. Local-level award recipients become eligible for region-level awards of either $3,000 or $5,000. Region-level award recipients then become eligible to receive one of three international-level awards of $10,000.

Since the Live Your Dream Awards program began in 1972, about $30 million in education grants have been disbursed to assist tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

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dreamitDream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls will help girls grow up to be strong, successful, happy adults. Dream It, Be It targets girls in secondary school who face obstacles to their future success. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. Soroptimist clubs will work in partnership with girls in small groups or a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful. The topics covered include career opportunities, setting and achieving goals, overcoming obstacles to success and how to move forward after setbacks or failures.
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December 10th Appeal

On Human Rights Day 10 December each year,  the President of Soroptimist International invites all Soroptimists to join together in supporting a Soroptimist project that seeks to improve the lives of women and girls through improving access to education and/or leadership opportunities. 

 

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