Marching For Local Women and Girls

Soroptimists and "S" Club members marching in the Borrego Days Parade
“S” Club and Soroptimist members marching at Borrego Days in 2017

For the second year in a row, the members of Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs and the Borrego Springs High School “S” Club, a teen action-oriented volunteer club, are teaming up to march for women and girls in the community of Borrego Springs and throughout the world. Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs is a volunteer organization that assists women and girls to “Live Their Dreams” through education scholarships, career workshops and mentoring opportunities. “S” Clubs are considered an outreach program of the Soroptimist organization, and a vital way for high school students to learn about serving others and helping their communities both near and far.

This month, the Borrego Springs High School “S” Club selected their second major fundraising opportunity: helping fund the new Borrego Springs Library. The “S” Club will be raising awareness for library funding and hoping to raise their goal of $1,000 at their Borrego Days booth.

Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs also has an important cause: they will be collecting gift cards, unopened personal hygiene items, baby supplies and gently-worn or new clothing for survivors of sex trafficking in San Diego County. The drive is part of a larger call to action in partnership with STAT! (Soroptimists Together Against Trafficking), where women of Soroptimist International join together to raise awareness of sex trafficking and support the survivors in our county. You can drop off any of the listed items at the Soroptimist booth at Borrego Days, October 20 and 21.

“We love that both Soroptimist and our ‘S’ Club are raising awareness for organizations who make a difference in the lives of women and girls, right here in San Diego County,” says Judy Stewart, President of Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs. “We ask that all festival attendees stop by our booths and learn how they can make a difference, right here at home!”

Volunteering on Valentine’s Day

"S" Club members making Valentine's gift bags

Borrego Springs “S” Club Valentine’s Day Volunteering

Valentine’s Day isn’t all about prose and roses! At least, that’s what the Borrego Springs High School “S” Club proved on Wednesday, February 14. 17 “S” Club members spent their Valentine’s Day afternoon packing Valentine’s Day greetings and gifts for residents at the child’s home, Una Salida, located in Mexicali, Mexico. Exactly 30 bags were sweetly arranged, complete with: small gifts, school supplies, candy and hand-written notes from each “S” Club member.

Borrego Spring "S" Club Valentine's Day volunteering

Valentine’s Volunteering Delivery

The gifts were then delivered to Una Salida by Ernie and Debbie Loza on Saturday, February 17, where they were received with excitement and appreciation. The teens plan to write back to “S” Club members, as well.

Who knows, perhaps we have some new pen pals in this digital age!

“S” Club and Soroptimists Eclipse Santa

“S” Club and Soroptimist of Borrego Springs Eclipse Santa

Making the New Year bright means ending 2017 on a high note. That’s just what Borrego Springs “S” Club members did by playing Santa Claus and delivering special gift bags to local assisted living facility residents at Mountain View.

In mid-December six special gift bags were donated by Umpqua Bank Assistant Vice President, Claudia Castaneda. “S” Club member, Samantha Hernandez, then organized the gifts and Soroptimists of Borrego Springs then presented them to our local assisted living facility residents at Mountain View.

“S” Club member, Yuridia Leal, and local Soroptimists visited residents on that delivery day. They talked, read and gave each resident a Christmas gift bag filled with essential items each resident could use.

“The ‘S’ Club is a committed group of youth helping to make Borrego Springs a better place,” stated Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs Media Chair, Marcie Grube, “They definitely demonstrated this holiday season our senior community members are important and ensured they were cared.”

Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs and the “S” Club look forward to a bright 2018, all year long!

Borrego Springs “S” Club Raises Over $800 for Mexico Earthquake Survivors

Borrego Springs “S” Club Awareness Boomed at Borrego Days

After marching with Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs members in the Borrego Days Parade, the newly formed Borrego Springs “S” Club, made up of Borrego Springs High School students, manned their own awareness booth and had over $800 donated to their first cause: helping survivors of the earthquake in Central Mexico.

“We are delighted that the ‘S’ Club’s first project resonated with Borrego Days Festival attendees and Borrego Springs residents,” says Kathy Jorgensen, President of Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs and “S” Club advocate. “Our girls were well-prepared and showed their passion and dedication in helping others. They are amazing advocates for this first project.”

Now begins the hard decision of deciding which worthy organization can best use the donations to help the survivors of the Central Mexico earthquake.

“We’ll definitely send an update on their decision and we know it will be a good one!” added Jorgensen.

Borrego Springs “S” Club Marches for Girls and Women

Inaugural Year for Borrego Springs “S” Club Focuses on Mexico Earthquake Assistance

2017 Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs “S” Club

With the school season in full swing, Borrego Springs High School students, in partnership with Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs and Soroptimist International of the Americas, are in deep preparation to bring awareness and assistance to the victims of the recent earthquakes that rocked Mexico City and central Mexico. Throughout August, the girls of Borrego Springs High School and Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs have teamed up to form an action club called an “S” Club. “S” Clubs are considered an outreach program of Soroptimist, and a vital way for high school students to learn about serving others and helping their communities both near and far. The recently established Borrego Springs High School “S” Club has selected their first project; to bring awareness and fundraising efforts to the victims of the Central Mexico earthquake that left 361 people dead and over 6,000 people injured.

“With all the recent news of hurricanes and other tragedies around the world, our ‘S’ Club wants to focus their energy and effort into reminding others that Mexico still needs assistance and to raise awareness and funds for victims of the recent earthquake there,” says Judy Stewart, Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs Treasurer. “These girls are passionate about helping other girls and women, including those who went through the trauma of the earthquake and the continuing issues they face in its aftermath.”

To kick off the “S” Club’s year of action, 22 Borrego Springs “S” Club members will march in the Borrego Days Desert Festival parade, on Saturday, October 21, with Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs. Also, throughout the festival, “S” Club members will engage with festival visitors and local community members at their awareness booth to educate others about the various causes they are committed to working on this season.

They can’t wait to share their passion with Borrego Springs, San Diego County and the world!

“Our ‘S’ Club invites all festival attendees to stop by their booth, say hello and learn about the projects they will embark for their inaugural year,” says Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs Media Chair, Marcie Grube. “They can’t wait to share their passion with Borrego Springs, San Diego County and the world!”

For more information about Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs, please visit www.siborregosprings.org.

ABOUT SOROPTIMIST

Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Soroptimist (www.soroptimist.org) economically empowers disadvantaged women and girls through the work of volunteers in 20 countries and territories. Its Soroptimist Dream Programs ensure women and girls have access to the education and training they need to reach their full potential.

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