Welcome to SI Truckee Meadows
Soroptimist International of Truckee Meadows is part of Soroptimist International, a worldwide organization of women that improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
SITM achieves its mission through a variety of projects including local adult and youth scholarships, Partner in Education with local schools, an annual women’s work readiness program, and educational support for girls in Thulipokhari, Nepal.
In 2015-2016 SITM donated $84,654 dollars to community and Soroptimist projects, as well as providing 3,369 volunteer hours raising funds and supporting community projects. We also sponsor and support projects within our region, national projects and international projects. Details are in our Year in Review
Soroptimist International President’s Appeal
Every Soroptimist International (SI) President proposes a “President’s Appeal” with a goal to unite Soroptimists worldwide, across all four federations. Our clubs are called upon to raise funds for the Appeal during the President’s two year tenure (2017-2019).
Newly elected SI President Mariet Verhoef-Cohen’s focus is “Women, Water & Leadership”. The Appeal supports projects that educate, empower and enable women and girls to manage water resources and gain careers in water-related professions. The aim is to increase awareness of the vital role of women as equal partners at all levels of the water sector.
Water is life – Safe, accessible water is crucial to preserving life. Water fuels our bodies, cleans our homes and clothes, irrigates our crops and more. Annually four billion people experience severe water shortages, and women and girls are disproportionately affected. They are forced to be the primary water carriers for their families instead of earning an income or going to school. The potential contributions of women in water development remain largely untapped. Of the millions of paid water-related jobs worldwide, currently less than 17% are filled by women.
President Mariet’s Appeal will promote the inclusion of women in water resource governance as experts and leaders. At least five projects will be supported on five continents that educate, empower, and enable women and girls to lead in water and that also embrace United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
The aim is to raise a minimum of £350,000 (or approximately $469,000 US) over the next two years to empower at least 500 women to be self-supporting through implementing water projects. Some 100 women will be enabled and educated to take on leadership roles.
More information can be found on the SI website (www.soroptimistinternational.org).
Submitted by Pam Robinson
Women’s Scholarship Award Applications Now Available
Youth Scholarship Awards
Application Now Available
Nominations Forms Now Available
Dress a Girl Project
SITM is participating in the Sierra Nevada Region’s signature project. Click here for more info on how you can help