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Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.



   
    HONOREE DONORS
    Family & Friends
    in memory of Diane Knotch, 2018

    Sarah Kogut
    in memory of Evelyn Hurwicz

    Mary Cocchiarella & Jon Moller
    in memory of Irene Cocchiarella
 
    Sue Klaseus & Kathleen Larson
    in memory of their aunt Deloris Granaas
 
    LEADERS IN GIVING DONORS
    Thank you to for supporting Dreams
    Linda Brady 
    Susan Grafton 
    Karen Johnson
    Jerry Johnson 
    Barb Zeches
HomeCommunity Service

Holiday Hat & Mitten Tree

At our December 2018 Holiday party Twin Cities Soroptimists collected donations for the Rosemount Family Resource Center. The Center serves often ignored communities, low income families in the suburbs, who are especially vulnerable in the cold of winter.

We collected and donated a total of: 2 winter jackets, 44 winter hats, 38 pairs of mittens, 2 winter scarves, 10 t-shirts, a dozen bottles of shampoo and conditioner, 20 tubes of toothpaste, 5 bottles of baby wash and wipes, 15 bars of soap, 35 tooth brushes, and feminine hygiene products. 




Days for Girls Kit Project and Partnership

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


Anyone (member or not) is welcome to join Twin Cities Soroptimists in our service project events with Days for Girls. This often involved rolling, tying, packing, and assembling the kits for one or two hours. We also collect products that go in the kits through the year including:

- Washcloths (not white)
- Girls underwear sizes 10-16 (not white)
- Gallon size Ziplock freezer bags
- Miniature soap bars


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. 
 Sarahs Oasis bags
(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.

The Food Group 2016 1

The Food Group 2016 2
The Food Group 2016 3
The Food Group 2016 4
 
Annual Holiday Party Hat and Mittens Drive

Soroptimist members put their hearts into collecting 5 dozen pairs of mittens and hats to decorate their tree at the annual Holiday Party in December. These hats and mittens were later donated to local resource shelters.

Holiday Party 2015    Holiday Party 2015 2


Girl Rising Movie and Panel Discussion, Minnesota Air National Guard Auditorium

SITC partnered with the Minnesota Air National Guard to host a movie and panel discussion on November 7th. We had 60+ attendees (women, men, girls and boys) participate in this inspirational event to continue efforts to raise awareness of issues facing women and girls. The movie highlighted the stories of nine girls and the obstacles they faced in order to get an education. Before the movie, Laura Jeffrey the Air National Guard gave tours of the C130-H planes, which are used to transport our troops and their equipment. Following the movie, we had a panel discussion led by Joanne Johnson. On the panel were CMSgt Kristin Von Eschen/UniteWomen.org, Tiffini Flynn Forslund and Allison Stapley from the Laura Jeffrey Academy, as well as our own Mary Cocchiarella and her niece Eliana Renee Cocchiarella. We had a great discussion about the barriers women and girls face.