Special Projects

 

SI President's Appeal

Every year, on Human Rights Day (December 10) SI's President invites all Soroptimists to join her in supporting a Soroptimist project that improves the lives of women and girls through improving access to education and/or leadership opportunities.

2017-2019: Women, Water, & Leadership:

At least five projects will be supported in five continents with a view to enabling women to become active leaders in water management.  More specifically, these projects will connect to Sustainable Development Goals 4 – Quality Education, 5 – Gender Equality and 6 – Clean Water and Sanitation, for all purposes.

2015-2017:  Educate to Lead: Napal:

For 2015-2017 International President Yvonne Simpson calls on the collective power and generosity of all four Soroptimist Federations, for her Appeal Educate to Lead: Nepal. The Appeal seeks to support women and girls in Nepal as they take steps to rebuild their lives, following the devastating earthquakes of 2015. The focus within Nepal will be on education and leadership, agreed as the theme by SI‘s members until 2021.

2013-2015:  See Solar, Cook Solar

See Solar, Cook Solar will educate, empower and enable opportunities for women and girls by providing solar lanterns and cookers to: enable study or work after dark; save time gathering fuel; opportunities for enterprise; reduce risk of burns and respiratory disease.

SI in partnership with girls’ education charity Camfed, distributed lanterns to girls in Zambia and cookers to women in Fiji.

The solar cookers have begun arriving and being put to the test at Hart Home in Ba, Viti Levu, Fiji.   

 

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2019:

 

My Next Step Grant

This year, we partnered with Teens Helping Teens (THT), a registered nonprofit organization of teens who support and serve other teens in need, to offer two educational grants to high school girls graduating who are or have been homeless and who are enrolling in future education. The grant application was created and administered by the awards committee. The grants were funded by our Sweet Fantasy fundraiser - 10% of net profits were earmarked for the grants, with a minimum line item of $1,000 budgeted. Because of the success of Sweet Fantasy fundraiser, we were able to award $632 to each recipient.

The "My Next Steps" grant recipients were a Rancho High School grad, who wants to be a pediatric nurse and give comfort to scared children and will attend UNLV in the fall, and an Eldorado High School grad, who wants to be a psychologist and work with troubled high school students and will attend CSN in the fall.

 

2018-2019:

Teens Helping Teens Blanket Project

For the second year in a row, SIGLV made blankets for Teens Helping Teens Winter Survival Kits which again was funded through a $1,000 Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region Endowment Grant.  

 Each winter THT makes hundreds of Winter Survival Kits for homeless, displaced and sheltered teens in our community. They give out up to a 125 a month! The kits include scarves, gloves, beanies, chapstick, hand warmers, hand sanitizer, tissue packets, granola bars and more. THT also gives out homemade fleece blankets with the kits.

Our club members and friends invested close to 300 service hours making blankets. With the endowment grant we were able to purchase quality, warm Blizzard fleece to make 120 blankets and 111 scarves for THT to distribute with their Winter Survival Kits. We were able to impact 120 teens; 74 of them were girls. The majority of these girls are at local shelters (some with mom at domestic violence shelters or family shelters; some at teen shelters) or displaced (staying with relatives or friends).

Teens Helping Teens (THT) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created and served by teens to help underprivileged, homeless, sheltered, and displaced youth in our community.  

 

2018:

East Valley Family Services Adopt a Family Program

The club voted to adopt a family through East Valley Family Services 2018 Holiday Adopt a Family program, setting a budget of $300 for the family (mom, 10-year-old twins boys, two-year-old daughter and baby boy on the way). Head Elf Kim and her merry band of helpers shopped and collected donations to ensure the family would have an extra special Christmas. Thanks to all the generous donations, there was even money left to purchase a Target gift card for the family.

A non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, EVFS provides support for families, children and seniors in need in the Las Vegas valley through a variety of programs. 

 

Senior Share Annual Thanksgiving Meal

Members volunteered to serve food and socialize at East Valley Family Services' (EVFS) Senior Share annual Thanksgiving meal. SIGLV helps sponsor the once a month Breakfast Buddies senior breakfast that is part of EVFS' Senior Share program.

Senior Share Is a supplemental food assistance program intended to provide seniors over 60 with groceries twice a month which include: fresh produce, breads and canned goods. A non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, EVFS provides support for families, children and seniors in need in the Las Vegas valley through a variety of programs. 

 

2017-2018:

Teens Helping Teens Blanket Project

Teens helping Teens, a registered nonprofit organization of teens who support and serve other teens in need, puts together Winter Survival kits and distributes them, going to high schools, shelters and the streets to make sure these teens had what they needed to be warm in the winter and successful in school and in life. When they can, THT includes a homemade blanket. They began distributing their kits and blankets - close to 400 kits and almost 250 blankets - at the end of October. A break in the weather slowed things down in February but a cold snap put them back in action.

With a $1,000 Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region Endowment Grant (and thanks to frugal shopper Lois Sagel) we were able to purchase fleece to make 120 blankets and 91 scarves for Teen Helping Teens (THT) to distribute with their Winter Survival Kits for homeless, sheltered and displaced youth in our community. Over 60% of the youth helped were  girls. The majority of these girls are at local shelters (some with mom at domestic violence shelters or family shelters; some at teen shelters) or displaced (staying with relatives or friends).

 

2017:

Senior Share Annual Thanksgiving Meal

Members volunteered to serve food and socialize at East Valley Family Services' (EVFS) Senior Share annual Thanksgiving meal. SIGLV helps sponsor the once a month Breakfast Buddies senior breakfast that is part of EVFS' Senior Share program.

Senior Share Is a supplemental food assistance program intended to provide seniors over 60 with groceries twice a month which include: fresh produce, breads and canned goods. A non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, EVFS provides support for families, children and seniors in need in the Las Vegas valley through a variety of programs. 

 

The Embracing Project Donation

In 2017, SIGLV donated $1,500 to The Embracing Project, which provides mentoring, advocacy, clothing and hygiene items, tutoring, life skills training, and more to restore and heal child victims of sex trafficking.

The Embracing Project was established in 2007 in an effort to serve children and adolescents affected by violence. Our donation provided bus passes and IDs for the girls in her program.

 

Family Connect

SIGLV not only helped sponsor Family Connect, we volunteered too! We sorted, folded, and hung up clothes, plus helped participants shop. This awesome FREE Nevada Homeless Alliance outreach event was an opportunity for families and youth to be introduced to community services and have fun!

Nevada Homeless Alliance is a 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing and ending homelessness in Southern Nevada. Its purpose is to educate the community and maximize resources through coordination, collaboration and communication between the public and private sectors.

 

Human Trafficking Awareness Day Rally

We helped host, with other local SI clubs, The Break These Chains Live Free annual rally in January to celebrate Human Trafficking Awareness Day that was held at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. The Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event an event featuring performance art about the deadly results of Human Trafficking. 

Break These Chains... Live Free is a partnership of Southern Nevada Soroptimist International clubs and our communities. The 501(c)(3) organization focuses attention on and educates the general public on the problems of human trafficking.

 

2016:

Safe House Nevada's Annual Run for Shelter

SIGLV members and friends volunteered at the SAFE House NV's 8th Annual Run for Shelter to help raise funds and awareness of domestic and intimate partner violence. We hosted a water station, helped with registration and helped make sure runners/walkers were staying on course.

SAFE. House provides a comprehensive approach to end domestic violence and abuse in the family through safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, and community education. Their domestic violence shelter has over 54 beds and an advocacy and counseling center that serves over 4,000 people a year in Southern Nevada.

 

Live Your Dream Student Art Contest

As part of  the 8th Annual Soroptimist International Live Your Dream Art Contest, SIGLV asked the fifth graders at Mater Academy of Nevada to create a work of art that depicts a woman who serves as a mentor or role model in their life. They were also asked to describe how this woman serves as a mentor to them and how she inspires and/or motivates them. Over 65 participants submitted artwork.

We hosted an awards ceremony at the school. All participants were given certificates of participation and the contest winners were each given a gift card and a book of their very own to take home. We also donated books for elementary readers to the school library.


The Human Trafficking Victims Confidential Apartment Decorating Project

Working in collaboration with local law enforcement, FBI, ICE and numerous community service providers, a local nonprofit that rescues, and restores victims of all forms of human trafficking, decided to designated two confidential studio apartments to house adult victims of human trafficking on a temporary basis while more permanent housing is coordinated.  SIGLV committed to helping with decorating and stocking the apartments with items so they could become comfortable, secure havens for human trafficking victims taking their first steps to becoming survivors.

Our club designated $1,000 of service funds to decorate one of the apartments. The first apartment became available in March of 2016 and within a week we had it ready for its first client. A Soroptimist Sierra Nevada grant of $1,000 was awarded to decorate and stock the second apartment. It became available in July of 2016 - it was delayed due to plumbing issues - and we soon set to the task of getting it decorated and stocked.

 

Pull Out Your Drawers

"Pull Out Your Drawers" for a good cause! We collected almost 700 pairs of underwear for domestic violence survivors.  One hundred pairs went to Teens Helping Teens outreach, almost 400 pairs to Safe Nest TADC, and 200 pairs to SAFE House NV!

Teens Helping Teens is a registered nonprofit organization of teens who support and serve other teens in need. Serving Clark County since 1977, Safe Nest is Nevada’s largest and most comprehensive charity devoted solely to domestic violence issues.  A nonprofit organization, SAFE House provides a comprehensive approach to end domestic violence and abuse in the family through safe shelter, counseling, advocacy, and community education.

 

Bears & Binkies

SIGLV had a great day celebrating our commitment to service by volunteering at East Valley Family Services' annual Bears & Binkies Reunion Picnic. Our members donated over 30 items to the cakewalk, volunteered our services at the registration table, and hosted a "Make and Take Craft" table.

Bears & Binkies Reunion Picnic is an annual event held by East Valley Family Services, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that provides support for families, children and seniors in need in the Las Vegas valley through a variety of programs. The picnic honors those parents and children who have worked hard during the year in the organization's programs to develop skills to strengthen rather than abuse each other. Held every April, we celebrate National Volunteer Week by celebrating our commitment to service by volunteering at this event. 

Human Trafficking Awareness Day Rally

We helped host, with other local SI clubs, The Break These Chains Live Free annual rally in January to celebrate Human Trafficking Awareness Day that was held at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. The Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event an event featuring performance art about the deadly results of Human Trafficking.   

Break These Chains... Live Free is a partnership of Southern Nevada Soroptimist International clubs and our communities. The 501(c)(3) organization focuses attention on and educates the general public on the problems of human trafficking.

  

2015:

Sock It to Me

Our "Sock It To Me" sock drive was a big success! When the dust all settled we ended with close to 800 pairs of new socks for the seniors at East Valley Family Services. We exceeded our goal of 500 pairs of socks thanks to everyone's hard work.

A non-profit 501 (c)3 organization, EVFS provides support for families, children and seniors in need in the Las Vegas valley through a variety of programs. 

 

2015 Live Your Dream Student Art Contest

SIGLV invited the 5th and 6th graders at Mater Academy of Nevada to participate in a special art contest that celebrates women and their accomplishments. The 7th Annual Soroptimist Live Your Dream Student Art Contest highlighted girls’ career potential and asked students to draw or paint a picture of a working woman they know and admire.

We hosted an awards ceremony at the school. All participants were given certificates of participation and the contest winners were each given a gift card and a book of their very own to take home. We also donated books for elementary readers to the school library.

 

Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department - Vice and Sex Trafficking Section

On July 2, 2015 SIGLV presented a check for $2,500 to the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (LVMPD) Vice and Sex Trafficking Section.

The LVMPD Vice and Sex Trafficking Task Force works hard to vigorously prosecute sex traffickers, to seize traffickers’ assets, and to partner with local service organizations and social service agencies to bring wrap around services to survivors. The Task Force, an arm of Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, works with victims of trafficking who are usually transient and disconnected from family and friends. They also focus on programs for prevention through local based groups, school personnel, students and other service organizations. Money raised is used to cover unique and extraordinary costs, not covered by other programs, to assist the victims of trafficking in Southern Nevada. $1500 of our donation was designated for direct aid to victims of trafficking. The other $1,000 was designated for equipment and training.

 

Bears & Binkies

We celebrated National Volunteer Week by celebrating our commitment to service by volunteering Bears & Binkies. Our members donated over 30 items to the cakewalk and volunteered our services at the registration table and wherever we were needed.

Bears & Binkies Reunion Picnic is an annual event held by East Valley Family Services, a non-profit 501 (c)3 organization that provides support for families, children and seniors in need in the Las Vegas valley through a variety of programs. The picnic honors those parents and children who have worked hard during the year in the organization's programs to develop skills to strengthen rather than abuse each other.

 

Pull Out Your Drawers

On April 2, 2015, in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month (April), we presented the Rape Crisis Center with over 656 pairs of underwear.  Because underwear is an article of clothing most frequently torn or taken as evidence in cases of rape, The Rape Crisis Center is always in need of replacements in a variety of sizes. Our donation kept them in underwear for over a year.

Our thanks to all the club members, friends, family and co-workers who helped us collect so many pairs of underwear.

 

Human Trafficking Awareness Day Rally

We helped host, with other local SI clubs, The Break These Chains Live Free annual rally in January to celebrate Human Trafficking Awareness Day that was held at Fremont Street Experience in Downtown Las Vegas. The Human Trafficking Awareness Day Event an event featuring performance art about the deadly results of Human Trafficking. 

Break These Chains... Live Free is a partnership of Southern Nevada Soroptimist International clubs and our communities. The 501(c)(3) organization focuses attention on and educates the general public on the problems of human trafficking.