Soroptimist Club continues assistance efforts; annual ‘Live Your Dream’ program set to begin

Soroptimist International of Clear Lake President Tina Scott celebrating several Live Your Dream winners. Courtesy photo.

LAKE COUNTY, Calif. – The Soroptimist International of Clear Lake is continuing its outreach and assistance programs despite COVID-19, and is beginning fundraising for its annual program to offer education grants to women.

With news of the coronavirus pandemic, Soroptimist International of Clear Lake canceled its main fundraiser for the year, the Spring Fling.

A time-honored tradition, the annual event raised funds to support programs to benefit Lake County women, girls and families.

“It was a sad turn of events,” said club President Tina Scott. “We needed the proceeds for our annual Live Your Dreams awards program and needed a new way forward. Thanks to the creativity and determination of our members, we’re getting ready to launch a different type of fundraiser – a wine raffle – just in time for the holidays.”

The club also continued two other important projects, Totes 4 Teens and Sponsoring Survivorship. Recently members joined to make blankets that will go into tote bags for Lake County teens. Despite a tight budget, the club also made their annual $500 contribution to support local breast cancer awareness.

“Now it’s time to kick off our featured – and my favorite – program, Live Your Dream,” Scott said.

Soroptimist International of Clear Lake member Fawn Williams displays one of many blankets club members made to support Totes 4 Teens. Courtesy photo.

This unique program awards education grants to women who are the primary financial support for their families – women who have a dream to pursue a better life. The grants are used to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. The number and amount of the grants depend on the amount of money raised. Last year the total awarded was $5,300.

“Past award recipients have overcome obstacles most of us can’t imagine,” said Kathy Freeborn, past project coordinator and longtime club member. “Escaping poverty, abusive relationships and beating drug addictions, are just a few of the hardships faced. It is heartbreaking to hear the tragedies these women have endured and equally heartwarming to know we are making a difference in their lives and the lives of their children. I always wish we could do more – the need in Lake County is so great.”

“Especially in these particularly challenging economic times, the sentiments expressed by Freeborn resonate with all club members,” Scott said.

Fawn Williams, the organizer of this year’s fundraising event, said, “We’re asking those that can to join us in support of deserving women by purchasing raffle tickets, $25 each or 5 for $100. On December 15 we will draw 4 prizes – from 30 to 5 bottles of amazing Lake County wines.”

To purchase tickets using a credit card, call 707-350-5866 or mail your checks to SICL, 3050 robin Lane, Clearlake, CA 95422.

To help get the word out to Lake County women who may benefit from a Live Your Dream cash award, check out the club’s Facebook page or contact Tina Scott at 707-849-4414.

Soroptimist International of Clear Lake members and guests celebrate Live Your Dream winners. Courtesy photo.