Soroptimist International of Corona has served the community of Corona, California since 1947. We are one club of 60 in the Golden West Region (GWR). The Golden West Region is one of the 28 regions that makeup Soroptimist International of Americas. Our mission is “to improve the lives of women and girls, through programs leading to social and economic empowerment”. Soroptimists are women at their best, working to help other women to be their best. Our club is involved in projects at three separate levels:
Dreams & Decisions:
Held on the first Saturday in March, this is Soroptimist International of Corona’s premier service project. A full day of fun and inspiration designed exclusively for 7th and 8th grade girls, it helps them to focus on their goals, hopes and dreams while also enlightening them on the pitfalls that can easily distract, derail and destroy those goals. Volunteers needed! Free to attendees. Click here to see a snapshot of the event!
Each spring, our club awards a scholarship to a graduating senior girl at each of the local high schools. We choose a young woman who may not necessarily be at the “top of their class”, but shows strength in community service. We also provide incentives for community services by honoring an 8th grade girl at each intermediate school with a cash award. We present two endowed scholarships to women attending Norco College.
Scholarship winners click here for instructions on submitting enrollment verification. Click here for the W-9
Live Your Dream Education and Training Award
The Live Your Dream Education and Training Award program assists women who provide the primary source of financial support for their families by giving them the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Formerly known as the Women's Opportunity Award, this program was retooled in 2013 to guarantee that each club makes a three year commitment to the winner. It is not simply awarding money to a worthy recipient. Our club is vested in the woman who receives our award by checking up on her regularly, providing funds when needed, and including her in our regular activities. Application period ends in November.
Dream It, Believe It, Achieve It
This program helps high-school age girls take control of their lives and live their dreams. It provides girls with access to professional role models, career education and the resources to live their dreams. This program is designed to ensure all girls, especially those who don't have access to mentors in their lives, have the opportunity to discover the education and training they need to reach their full potential and live their dreams. The workshop is held in the Fall at Norco College. Registration is primarily done through high schools in the Corona-Norco Unified School District.
The goal of Soroptimists STOP Trafficking is to raise awareness about sex trafficking. To that end, Soroptimist has developed a card that provides information about the sex trafficking of women and girls. The information is provided in a simple and powerful way that will encourage readers to get involved by visiting the SIA web site to learn more about how to end sex trafficking. The cards are designed to be handed out at any time of the year, but especially on December 2nd the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery and/or January 11th the National Day of Human Trafficking Awareness (U.S. only).
Live Your Dream
LiveYourDream.org, is an online community empowering offline volunteer action. The self-motivated network is made up of people who wish to support women and girls in their quest to lead better lives, while gaining inspiration in their own lives. Members of the free online community work on topics such as women's economic empowerment, ending violence against women, human trafficking, and more. They also have access to inspirational articles, tips, and blogs that can help them live their own personal dreams.
- Assistance to community women's organizations:
It’s not easy being a teen. Peer pressure, family problems, addiction learing at you, despair mounting, thinking that your only option is the street or the grave. Not so fast… SafeHouse of Riverside is here to ease the crisis in your teen life. Located in the heart of Riverside, accessible from any SafePlace location or Riverside Transit Agency bus, you can get the help you need, get hooked up with teen counselors to bring on the positive, and steer yourself away from life as a street youth.
Family Support Services at the United Way
Formerly the Alliance for Family Wellness, the mission of the Family Support Services at the United Way is to change abuse in relationships and in the lives of children through prevention and intervention services. The Alliance was created in 2014 out of a need in the community to address Intimate Partner Abuse and Child Abuse. With strong community support and staff and volunteers that were ready for the challenge, The Alliance began it’s mission to change lives one community at a time. In January 2016 the Alliance collaborated with United Way to create Family Support Services, offering free services to domestic violence victims and their children in the cities of Corona, Norco, and Eastvale.
Inspire Life Skills Training, Inc. exists to mentor and train former foster youth to become self sufficient, responsible, and to make positive life choices.
Foster youth who are "aging-out" of the system are vulnerable and have the odds stacked against them. They have histories of significant abuse, neglect, and multiple placements that greatly compromise their prospects for successful independence. These teenagers often find themselves instantly on their own with no financial resources, limited training or education, and no housing or support from family or the community. Without mentoring and motivation, most former foster kids find themselves homeless, pregnant or in jail. They are in need of life skills training and housing assistance as well as healthcare access, educational, vocational and employment guidance. By providing these services, Inspire seeks to assist former foster youth overcome their past and gain the skills and support to choose a positive and rewarding future.