Soroptimist International of Greater St. Louis is a proud member of
Soroptimist International of the Americas, a worldwide
organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and girls
in local communities and throughout the world.
The St. Louis chapter was chartered in 1973.
Our almost 50 members are retired and working professionals and
business women. We are dedicated to the betterment of women and
girls in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area by contributing
our time, talents and financial support. For more information
regarding our meetings see "Become
a Member" page.
Soroptimist International of Greater St.
Louis club projects include supporting
volunteer efforts for local food banks and arranging activities for
nursing home patients. During the year we host several
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about our fundraisers.
Through our annual fundraising events we
are able to grant local organizations funds to aid in their
missions to help women and girls. Applications for our
Humanities grants are accepted January through March 1st each year.
In June, 2015
Soroptimist International of Greater St. Louis presented
grants to twelve organizations.
We encourage everyone check out their websites and/or Facebook
pages and support these wonderful organizations when you can.
– Their mission is to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary
and other critical services to adults and children who have been
impacted by domestic abuse.
Bridgeway Behavioral Health
– Our grant will support their Women’s Center. The mission of
their Women’s Center is to provide physical and emotional safety
to women and children experiencing domestic violence. The
Women’s Center opened in 1979 when it was discovered that many
of the women being treated for addiction also experienced
intimate partner violence. It is the only domestic violence
shelter in St. Charles and Lincoln Counties.
Hope – This year’s grant
will support the “Midland” group home a transitional living
program. This program is geared toward youth ages 16-21 with the
goal of helping them transition safely and successfully into
Girls in the
Know – Their mission is to
inspire girls to make healthy, informed and confident choices as
they mature into adolescence and adulthood. This year’s award
will help fund a Speaker Workshop at Griffith Elementary School
in Ferguson. It will reach 85 4th-6th
grade girls during the Fall of 2015.
Helping Hand Me
Downs – Their mission is to
provide clothing and supplies to children in need and support
their families. Families are provided with clothing and are
encouraged to return the items when the children have out grown
them. HHMD offers a coaching program. Through this coaching
program, moms have found the courage to leave abusive
relationships and enroll in programs that support a successful
path to independence.
Horizons – New Horizons a
grant five times in the last nine years. They provide a natural
therapy for children with disabilities. Their long-term goal is
for its riders to develop to their fullest potential and to be
able to take care of themselves and to succeed in the larger
community and in the workforce.
Charity Service Center –
They operate a thrift store and food panty. All proceeds from
the thrift store sales support the food pantry. Our grant will
be used to help with utility bills of the families they serve.
Mary Ryder Home
–They are one of the only licensed residential care facilities
in St. Louis that accepts residents who have no family or means
of financially supporting themselves.
House – They work to
empower those in transition to become self-sufficient by
offering a hand up while providing them with basic necessities
such as clothing, food, household items and monetary donations.
Our Lady’s Inn
–They provide pregnant women and their children shelter and hope
for a new life through humble acts of love. Our Lady’s Inn
serves women ages 18 and over how are homeless and pregnant.
Hall – Their mission is to
break the cycle of violence and improve the lives of women and
girls. They work to end poverty and violence by addressing other
issues that affect their economic, social and political process.
– The mission of TEAM is to serve the poor, the hungry and the
needy in the Florissant and Hazelwood area. They are in their 29th
year of service.