Best For Women

Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Soroptimist Raleigh: We Empower Girls & Women 

Soroptimist Raleigh is a local club of Soroptimist International. Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. The name, Soroptimist, means “best for women,” and that’s what the organization strives to achieve. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best.

Our service projects collaborate extensively with women’s groups, governmental agencies, educators, international and statewide coalitions, and concerned citizens. In terms of our local service projects:

Live Your Dream

The Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education & Training Awards
for Women program is our signature service project. This award aids women who are the primary wage earners for their families and are seeking to improve their economic status by gaining additional skills, training and education.

Live Your Dream Plus

In our “Live Your Dream Plus” program we follow up with our awardees for up to three years, mentoring them to afford ongoing support both non-financial as well as financial. With our Live Your Dream Plus program, our awardees know that there is a network of women who are ready to help in any number of ways.

Dream It Be It

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.

Real Stories

Here are a few stories of some recipeints of the Live Your Dream Awards.  Perhaps they will encourage you to take the steps to achieve your dreams, big or small.

Latisha – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Latisha is working to obtain her Associate of Science Degree in Medical Administration from Gwinnett College in November 2021. She sees this as a first step towards her goal of becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Latisha was raised by her grandmother as her own...

read more
Lyndsay – 2020 Live Your Dream Awardee

Lyndsay – 2020 Live Your Dream Awardee

Lyndsay will graduate from the University of North Carolina, Pembroke with her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology in December 2020. With this degree, she can become a supervisor in the Peer Support field where she currently works as a certified Career Support Specialist....

read more
Shameda – 2020 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shameda – 2020 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shameda’s passion has always been serving and caring for the underserved population. She will complete her current program at Durham Technical Community College in May. After passing the exam to become a Registered Nurse, she will seek work on a Labor and Delivery...

read more

News and Events

Thank You For Our #GivingTuesday Success

Wow! Thanks to your incredible generosity, this year’s #GivingTuesday was an amazing success! We exceeded our goal and raised a total of $1,450. Because of your support, we can help women improve their lives. We invest in women's education because it transforms lives...

read more

Live Your Dream: Spotlight

To help others see the impact of these awards, we wanted to share an in-depth story of one or our Live Your Dream award recipients. Meet Star, a budding urban planner and mother of two who received her award in 2019. A New Start In 2017, Star fled an abusive...

read more

Christmas Angels Won’t Stop For The Pandemic

Each December, Raleigh Soroptimists support women served by local organizations by providing Christmas gifts for them and their families. We call this our Christmas Angels service project. In past years, we have worked with organizations such as The Salvation Army,...

read more