Women Helping Women

Learn more about what it means to be a Soroptimist.

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.

Lourdes – 2022 Live Your Dream Awardee

Lourdes is currently pursuing an associate degree in nursing at Wake Technical Community College.  She works part-time while getting her education and raising her child. Lourdes has faced so many challenges trying to achieve her dreams. She migrated to the United...

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Shanetta – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shanetta – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Shanetta is pursuing her bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Meredith College while working part-time and raising two children. She decided to pursue her degree after the death of her spouse. She needed to prove to herself, and to her two young children, that...

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Kayla – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Kayla – 2021 Live Your Dream Awardee

Kayla is pursuing an Associate Degree of Nursing at Wake Technical Community College while working part-time and caring for a young child. She plans to complete her degree in December 2021. Growing up, Kayla saw the challenges of a parent battling a chronic illness...

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News and Events

“A Lotta Love” at the February Meeting

“A Lotta Love” at the February Meeting

Charlotta Sjorlin was a guest speaker at our February meeting. She is a Swedish interior designer who lives in Chapel Hill. She started "A Lotta love" foundation after she visited a Triangle area homeless shelter in 2014 and saw how cold and unwelcoming it was. She...

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SI Raleigh Continues to Grow with the Triangle!

SI Raleigh Continues to Grow with the Triangle!

Soroptimist welcomed new members Anna Milone and Deborah Scott at our January meeting. They are the 8th and 9th new members to join this club year and we are thrilled that so many women are interested in helping other local women live their dreams. If this could be...

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Celebrating with Christmas Angels

Celebrating with Christmas Angels

Soroptimist Raleigh gathered together on Saturday December 4 for our annual Holiday Brunch and to collect gifts for our Christmas Angels program. It was a cheerful occasion to get together (safely) after so many virtual events! This year, as we did in 2020, we were...

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