Live Your Dream Awards
Soroptimist's Live Your Dream Awards program is a unique education award for women who provide the primary financial support for their families. The Live Your Dream Awards give women the resources they need to improve their education, skills and employment prospects.
Every year, Soroptimist distributes more than $2.8 million in education awards to about 1,700 women all over the world.
Over half of our Live Your Dream Awards recipients are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault. Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation.
Dream It Be It
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls gives girls the tools they need to achieve their education and career goals, empowering them to break cycles of poverty, violence, and abuse.
Far too many girls face barriers on the pathway to achieving their dreams. Obstacles such as poverty, teen dating violence, and teen pregnancy can get in the way of a girl's ability to make her dreams a reality. Dream It, Be It equips girls to overcome their obstacles, set goals, and head towards success.
Although all girls face barriers because of their gender, we prioritize working with girls who have additional obstacles including poverty, unstable home lives, living in foster care, or teen motherhood. Soroptimist clubs work in partnership with girls in small groups or a conference setting to provide them with the information and resources they want and need to be successful.
Heather's Hope Chest
A special community based project of Soroptimist Chilliwack, Heather's Hope Chest is a free store where women and girls who are in transition and are in need of household items can safely shop for the necessities required to create a comfortable and functional home.
Heather’s Hope Chest is located entirely within a storage unit and relies exclusively on donations from the local Chilliwack community. Clients are referred by social service agencies from throughout the Fraser Valley. After an appointment is made, the woman will come in to the store with her social worker where she has the entire hope chest to herself for as long as she likes to pick the items she needs.
“Our clients may be leaving a violent relationship, they may be transitioning from a substance use treatment program, or perhaps they’re leaving foster care to start their life on their own. Regardless of the circumstances, when they transition out, Heather’s Hope Chest is here to give them a hand up. We will help them fill their home with all of the basic essentials that they need.” - Dana Martin, Committee Chair
Heather's Hope Chest is currently partnering with Tru Earth
to bring you and your family eco-friendly products, while supporting vulnerable women and girls in our community.
20% of profits from your Tru Earth purchase goes directly to funding and supporting Heather's Hope Chest in Chilliwack, B.C.