Twin Cities Soroptimist partner throughout the year with the New Hope, MN chapter of Days for Girls, an international organization that provides feminine hygiene kits for women and girls throughout the world. These kits are made with love by thousands of volunteers around the world or by local women filling the need for their own community. For more details check out Daysforgirls.org
Annual Dinner at Sarah's Oasis
Each year Twin Cities Soroptimists serve dinner and provide career networking/guidance for the 2 dozen residents at Sarah's an Oasis for women (a home for international female refugees and asylum seekers).
We also provide welcome bags for all new residents at Sarah's throughout the year. The bags include culturally-specific hair and body care, plus other hygiene products, along with a welcoming message in a new bag all their own. Additionally, we send each resident a birthday card and gift card throughout the year, as many women have no family or even contacts in the community and we want to ensure that none are ever forgotten on their birthday.
(l to r) Mary Qiblawi, Sharon Loftsgaarden, Mary Cocchiarella, Diane Notch, Karen Johnson, Joan Cromer, and Barb Zeches
Working with the Minnesota Food Network
The Twin Cities Soroptimist Club members came out in force to pack boxes of fruit and vegetables for The Food Group, Minnesota’s food distribution center for the state’s food shelves to feed the hungry. They packed 420 boxes that will feed 1,680 people. Amazing! Sharon packed 5 lb. bags of potatoes, Karen packed onions and carrots. Mary packed apples, Ann grapefruit. Barb crushed boxes while the guys taped boxes together.