Who We Are
Since its establishment in 1954, the St. Helena chapter has carried on the Soroptimist tradition of helping women and girls achieve their goals. We believe the best way to improve the lives of women and girls is to improve their access to educational and professional training. To this end, we offer a host of unique scholarships and grants targeted at various age groups and opportunities. Through our annual crab feed, now in its 41st year, the club has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for these local programs.
Under the auspices of Soroptimist International’s “Dream Program,” the club gifted nearly $25,000 to deserving youth and women throughout the Napa Valley during its 2014/2015 calendar year. Through its outreach program, the club donated additional funds to a range of community service programs including the Napa County’s Child Protective Services’ Kases for Kids, Blood Centers of the Pacific, the American Red Cross, Paws for Healing, St. Helena Food Pantry, St. Helena High School Agricultural Program/FFA, and Girls on the Run. For more information on its service projects, please click here.
How do members support the Soroptimist mission?
Soroptimist members belong to local clubs, which determine the focus of volunteer work in their communities. Club projects can range from renovating domestic violence shelters and providing mammograms to low-income women, to sponsoring self-esteem workshops for teenage girls. In addition, Soroptimists participate in organization-wide programs offered from the federation.
Being a Soroptimist means many things:
- It means you care about making a difference in the lives of women and girls – in your community, your country and throughout the world.
- It means you are willing to give of your time and talent to raise funds and provide service to others in your community.
- It means you are a person of action – not someone who waits for others to improve the lives of those less fortunate.