About Soroptimist International of Reno
Since 1942, Soroptimist International Reno has been providing volunteer services and financial aid to the women and families of Northern Nevada. With a membership ranging over the years between 25-50 active members, Soroptimist International of Reno has made up in talent and dedication what we may have lacked in size.
In addition to providing educational scholarships to women in Reno on an annual basis, Soroptimist International of Reno members donate valuable time in volunteering for local organizations such at STEP2, Ridge House, Today's Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders Reading program & The Women's Shelter just to name a few.
In 2002, Soroptimist International of Reno was recognized as the top non-profit organization in the State of Nevada and won the Governorâ€™s Points of Light Award.
A.W.E. (AWEsome Women Emerging)
This is where we visit the Women's Shelter in Reno in which we share a fun evening with the women creating some type of craft and enjoying dessert. Our club has made the commitment to visit the shelter the first Thursday of every month from 5:30-7pm. We have done the following crafts with the ladies: t-shirt scarves, fleece pillow, fleece scarves, provided manicure & personal hygiene products, valentine cards. We try to serve dessert with the season; ice-cream sundaes, apple crisps, pumpkin pie & cupcakes.
Once a quarter, we attend their meeting and teach them to cook nutritional & easy dinner meals. The girls prepare the meals, freeze them & each week pull out a meal for their snack during their meeting.
Today's Readers, Tomorrow's Leaders
Every week we visit the same 2nd grade class at Libby Booth Elementary School and read with the children. Each child has their own book, so once we are finished they are able to take the book home to share with siblings & friends. We read seven books in a school year.
Carville Low Income Senior Apartments
This is an ongoing commitment to help senior women as needed. We have served Thanksgiving dinner & delivered stuffed Christmas stockings to the women of the complex.
Lemmon Valley Elementary
In lieu of exchanging gifts with our fellow Soroptimists we choose to buy coats, hats, scarves, mittens etc. for the children at Lois Allen Elementary School which is a low income school in our district. We collected them all at our Holiday party and deliver them to the Assistant Principal to be distributed to children who normally would not have warm clothing for the winter months.
Prisoners Crocheting Hats
We donate yarn to the Men's prison and in return we receive hats & scarves the men crocheted. We then donate the hats & scarves to Lemmon Valley Elementary school for the children that need them & their student store.