Keeping busy for community!
SI Davis members are dedicated to serving our community through multiple avenues, including community service projects, fundraising and public awareness efforts.
Below are some of the projects that keep our committees and club members busy!
Good Fellowship Soup Night
Good Fellowship Soup Night
Each November, before the holidays, we host a potluck soup dinner and holiday silent auction. Members bring homemade soup, bread and desserts, and share them with friends and community members. All are invited to this free event.
The silent auction features gift items and baskets, providing an opportunity for a jump start on holiday shopping.
Doors open at 5:30 p.m.; Soup served at 6 p.m.
Odd Fellows Hall, 415 Second St., Davis
Dream It, Be It: Career Support for Girls
Dream It, Be It is a Soroptimist International of the Americas program offering career support for girls 14-17. There has been a global need for mentorship and college and/or career readiness for young girls, and this program was designed to address this need.
SI Davis is grateful for our continued partnership with Martin Luther King Jr. High School, a local alternative high school, where we have distributed an adapted version of SIA's program to the female students since the 2015-2016 school year.
Participating club members meet with students once a month at King High. We provide lunch and discuss such topics as:
- Creating achievable goals
- Overcoming obstacles, especially those specific to women
- Exploring potential majors and careers by interest
Press: Soroptimists mentor King High students (Davis Enterprise)
Live Your Dream Awards
The Live Your Dream Award, a signature Soroptimist program, is an annual cash grant that the club gives to a woman who serves as financial head of household while completing an undergraduate education or vocational /skills training program. The grant is a resource for motivated women to improve their education, skills and employment prospects, thus leading to better lives for themselves and their family.
Since 1972, this honor, originally called the Women's Opportunity Award, has distributed more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women around the world. The Live Your Dream Award involves three levels of cash awards. The program begins at the local Soroptimist club-level, where SI Davis offers up to $5,000. Local recipients are eligible for additional cash awards at the regional and international level.
The application process is entirely online as of 2018, with all materials due by Nov. 15. Recipients are announced in January or February. Awardees are invited to a luncheon in their honor at Odd Fellows Hall. They are encouraged to bring a guest, and many awardees choose to bring their children.
The application consists of a written portion, financial summary and two letters of reference. The application is available in English, Spanish, Portuguese and Japanese.
Beer & Wine Booth
Every Wednesday evening at Picnic at the Park, our members volunteer at our beer and wine booth to help raise funds for our projects and programs that educate and empower women and girls. Thanks to our longstanding partnerships with Sudwerk Brewery and local wineries, SI Davis holds an exclusive license to serve alcohol at the Davis Farmers Market.
SI Davis Scholarship for DJUSD
Each year, SI Davis distributes scholarships to two female high school seniors: one to a student from any high school in the Davis Joint Unified School District, another to a student at Martin Luther King Jr. High School, an alternative high school in Davis. The Scholarship Committee is in awe of the applications we receive every year, and the highlight of the club's programs is our luncheon honoring the two students, all of whom have inspiring stories and aspirations.
Since its formation in January 2016, the SI Davis Anti-trafficking Committee has participated in community efforts to stop sex and labor trafficking of women and children. Members participate in the Yolo County anti-trafficking task force meetings and activities – this group has evolved into the Commercially Sexually Exploited Children Outreach Program (CSEC).
We assemble and donate rescue backpacks to Empower Yolo, Dignity Health and Sutter Health to be used in interventions to rescue trafficked women and children. Interventions are undertaken in hospital emergency rooms and in sting operations conducted jointly by law enforcement and social services.
Empower Yolo plays an active role in these operations and shelters victims of trafficking and domestic violence. Each backpack contains clothing, hygienic supplies, toiletries, snacks and water for women and children found to be at risk for trafficking. We also collaborate with like-minded anti-trafficking organizations such as Opening Doors, Deena Graves Consulting and Foster & Kinship Care Education to raise awareness of trafficking in our communities through informal meetings, community outreach, workshops and presentations.
Hygiene Kits for Women
SI Davis member Ellie Cobarrubia sews quilted, zippered cosmetics bags and members fill them with hygiene items like deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, toothpaste and toothbrushes and more. The hygiene kits go to local women and girls escaping domestic violence and trafficking. If you'd like to donate any items, please contact us.
Pacifico Student Cooperative Housing
Pacifico Cooperative Community is a student-based housing co-op in Davis. It provides cooperative, low-cost housing for those attending UC Davis and other regional schools. Many of the residents are youths who have aged out of the foster care system.
SI Davis provides gift cards (groceries, gas), holiday stockings, and in-kind donations year-round to Pacifico residents.