Thank you for making our 2022 Back to School Supply Drive a huge success!
Thanks to our generous sponsors and donors, we provided close to $5,000 in much needed school supplies to The Institute for Human Services.
MAHALO NUI LOA TO OUR 2022 BACK TO SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE SPONSORS!
Women at their best, working to help other women to be their best
Soroptimist, loosely translated from Latin, means best for women.
SIH is committed to improving the lives of women and girls in Hawaii
through economic empowerment, elimination of violence and gender equality.
Soroptimist is a global volunteer organization that provides women
and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment. Soroptimist was formed in 1921 in Oakland, California, at a time when women were not permitted to join service organizations.
one of five federations that make up Soroptimist International,
which now has over 75,000 club members in 122 countries.
Making A Difference Thru Fundraising, Awards & Service
SIH gives thousands of dollars in cash awards annually to women who are the main support for their family and are working to improve their economic status through education. Additionally, we grant funds to young women in high school in recognition for their community service and conduct and support programs for empowerment, education and benefit of young women.
SIH also offers Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls and conducts local service projects that benefit our local community and support other charitable organizations with like-minded missions.
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Congratulations to our 2022 LYD and VRA Award Recipients! With your support, we awarded $36,500 in grants this year!
2022 Live Your Dream Awards Recipients
2022 Violet Richardson Award Recipients
Chaewon Stella Lee
"Thank you from the bottom of my heart for this scholarship. I am at a loss for words, honestly! I never thought in a million years that I would be here accepting anything like this. Thank you for contributing to the betterment of life for myself and my daughter.
Being a Physician's assistant is my goal in school. I am 36, and only now am I obtaining an education. It's so crazy, so I might as well shoot for the stars. Nothing and nobody will stop me from becoming something and doing something helpful with my life.
I let people tell me that I wasn't smart enough to be anything I chose, that it all wasn't what God wanted. Let me tell you what, God couldn't have wanted what ended up happening either. There were so many times that I longed to return to school, but money has always been a massive barrier for me my whole life. I am here, and by all rights, I shouldn't be, so I will keep fighting and do everything in my power to make a better life for my daughter and me.
I needed this. I didn't know how much I needed it until I received it. Please know that with your help and generosity, I will now be able to afford to register for a semester of the many credits (not covered by financial aid), which means I won't have to take out more student loans, which also means I won't have to worry about extending my college career any longer than what is required for my program.
You have given me hope, motivation, and a better shot at leaving a positive mark on this planet and, most of all, on my daughter. I want to make her proud of me. I want to show her that she is the only one to define herself.
Bless all of you for these wonderful blessings! I am eternally grateful[.]"
Windward Community College
2022 LYD Award Recipient
SIH AWARDS VIDEO
Featuring Some of the Fabulous
2020 & 2021 Soroptimist Award Recipients
We invite you to view a video featuring some of the fabulous 2020 & 2021 Live Your Dream Awards, Violet Richardson Award and Founder Region Fellowship Award Recipients! You will be touched by the powerful words of these awesome award recipients.
Applications for the 2023 Live Your Dream Award and Violet Richardson Award are now being accepted!
See links above.