Soroptimist International of Riverside is a service organization of professional women, who advance the status of women and girls, both locally and internationally, by providing financial and volunteer support.
History and Growth Soroptimist International of Riverside has, since its Charter on April 10, 1948, offered business and professional women who live or work in Riverside an opportunity to become involved in relevant community service projects. The club’s first major project was to launch the BrailleInstitute Auxiliary for Riverside in 1949. In 1973, members worked vigorously to establish the RiversideArea Rape Crisis Center and have financially supported thecenter since that time. In 1976, SI Riverside completed the History Walkof Riverside at Raincross Square, a project the club undertook aspart of the city’s Bicentennial celebration. Through the yearsmembers have initiated many projects such as purchasing a vanfor the YWCA Born Free Program, providing a library for theJanet Goeske Center and purchasing playground equipment forJuvenile Hall. Members have been active by participating in numerousfundraising projects through the years, as well as serving on theRiverside Area Rape Crisis Center Board of Directors. For the past four years, Soroptimist International of Riverside has held the Live Your Dream Conference.The annual conference is an all day conference designed to inspire seventh and eight grade girls to live their dream by introducing them to women in various professions, such as finance and technology, medical and science, governmental services, entrepreneurship, and performing and visual arts. SI Riverside has brought many visitors to Riverside. In 1987,1994, and 2005, the SI Golden West Region Spring Conferencewas held at Raincross Square and Convention Center, a two-dayevent with 500-700 women attendees. Members have alsoentertained visitors from Friendship Link Clubs: Sendai,Japan; Sued-Burgenland, Austria; and Leith, Scotland; as wellas Soroptimist members from Kenya, Israel and Germany. The UN officially recognized Soroptimist International by granting it Category I status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC). This means Soroptimist International can send representatives to specialized agency meetings. Soroptimist International of Riverside is a nonprofit charitable organization under the Soroptimist International of the Americas 501(c)(3) Group Tax Exemption No. 3899.
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