Race Across the West Scholarships

Sylvia with Borrego High School Senior Students

Racing Across the West for Borrego Springs High School Seniors

In less than 2 weeks, our very own Soroptimist Sister Sylvia Maas will be making a 930-mile bike trek from Oceanside Pier to Durango, Colorado. And she’s raising money for Borrego Springs High School seniors as she rides!

Race Across the West (RAW) was started in 2008 and is one of the most challenging of the domestic RAAM qualifying races. It is quickly becoming a global race, having had over 10 countries represented.

Racers will make their first time station stop at Christmas Circle on June 14, around 5 p.m., right here in Borrego Springs!

Sylvia Maas, Cyclist

Racing for Borrego High School Seniors

After moving here last year, Sylvia joined Soroptimist of Borrego Springs and began to volunteer with seniors at Borrego Springs High School, helping students fill out scholarship applications for colleges, junior colleges, and vocational programs.

“Equity in education is a hot topic that came to the forefront during COVID. Borrego Springs High School is a perfect example of the imbalances that plague small rural towns,” Sylvia says, “From lack of reliable internet access, to language barriers between school-student-home-applications, these inequities are real. Typically counseling departments deal with college and scholarship applications, however Borrego Springs High School has no counselor, adding to students challenges.

Race Across the West High School Senior Scholarships

Sylvia merged her passion for cycling and education equity into purpose: she’s raising money for Borrego Springs High School seniors through our Race Across the West High School Senior Scholarship Fund.

The purpose of this endeavor is to provide scholarships to students to help with the initial expenses of college including: moving, transportation, computer, and other needs. Each scholarship will be for $1000. An anonymous donor has offered to match these scholarships up to $10,000! The recipients will receive the funds shortly before they begin college in the fall.

Your donation will help get students started on their next phase of life with the confidence and conviction that is shared by their peers.

Sylvia says, “My hope is to have multiple scholarship recipients. Any help you can give is appreciated!”

You can donate to our Borrego Springs High School Senior Scholarship Fund today! Select “Race Across the West HS Senior Scholarship” at our donation PayPal. All donations to Soroptimist are tax deductible.

Reaching Across Continents

Borrego Springs Reaches Out to Rwanda Girls

What if you had to miss school or work because you did not have proper menstrual supplies? How many days per year would you lose in education and wages simply because you got your period? What if no one ever taught you about menstruation or worse: if menstrual taboos and myths made you feel ashamed of your body?

This is the situation for women and girls in Rwanda and affects more than 500 million women and girls worldwide.

Soroptimist + Days for Girls

Soroptimist Member, Kathy D. In March, Soroptimist of Borrego Springs member Kathy Dice will be traveling to Rwanda. And while she is there, she will be taking our cash donations and will order supplies and health education for over 100 girls at the local Rwanda Days For Girls Enterprise.

For over a decade, Days for Girls (DfG) has been working to improve the lives and livelihoods of women and girls in developing countries, providing health education and reusable, sustainable feminine hygiene supplies, which are often hard to come by. Borrego Springs Soroptimists are fundraising in February to bring supplies to 100 young girls in Rwanda.

A Shared Mission to Help Women and Girls

In a remote area near Akagera National Park, Kathy will visit the young women of the local school and arrange for the kit deliveries. Education is a vital component of DfG. By taking classes to schools and community centers, Days for Girls seeks to shatter the shame and stigma associated with menstruation and will allow for the education that young women deserve to do better in the world.

All kits for distribution are sourced from locally owned and operated Days for Girls Enterprises. Sourcing DfG Kits locally TRIPLES our impact by reaching women and girls with DfG Kits, while elevating local leaders and supporting sustainable sewing co-ops.

You Can Help!

Every Days for Girls kit ordered by Soroptimist of Borrego Springs is distributed along with DfG’s health education course. This course is taught by trained, experienced local DfG Certified Health Instructors in Rwanda.

  • Women and girls learn how to safely use and care for their DFG washable pads, to prevent infection and care for the pads.
  • Women and girls will gain confidence in managing their menstruation so they don’t miss school or days of work.
  • Women and girls, as well as men and boys, will be empowered with knowledge about how their bodies work.

If you’d like to donate, visit our donation page, click the drop-down menu and choose “Days for Girls” to direct your donation to this program.

Soroptimist of Borrego Springs is a 501c3 non-profit so all your donations are tax deductible. We’ll be sharing Kathy’s journey as she travels to Rwanda so you can see your impact – stay tuned!

Soroptimist Secret Santa

$100 Donation to go to neediest families

In our community, women, mothers and daughters are struggling as heads of households to provide for their families during the pandemic. Many clean houses or are working two or three jobs a day. Some women are raising young children on their own and cannot work.  For many, the virus has taken away employment women and other family members counted on. Now these women have the burden of placing food on the table. They may be taking care of elderly parents, who may be disabled or ill, as well as working and caring for their children, or younger brothers and sisters.

Neighbors helping neighbors

Borrego Springs charity organizations have joined together throughout the pandemic to meet requests for food, diapers, money for emergencies, back rent money, replacing an electric heater, car problems, broken windows, blankets, and other personal items the family can no longer afford.

you can help!

Now it’s Christmas. For these families, there will be no extra money for sharing the joys of giving and celebrating the holidays. A special Soroptimist Secret Santa donation of $100, in the spirit of neighbors helping neighbors, will bring some Christmas joy to each family selected.

Secret Santas can also send a check to P.O. Box 504, Borrego Springs, CA, 92004, or drop off at Graphics You Can Trust in The Mall, weekdays from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please note on checks or cash “Soroptimist Secret Santa.”

Hello world!

New Website for Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs!

Hi everyone! We’re happy to announce we’ve upgraded our new website to the 21st century! (At long, long, long last. We knew we’ve missed the boat on this one!)

Hola from Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs

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Borrego Springs Soroptimists are Here to Help

It’s our hope to provide resources and assistance to the women and girls of Borrego Springs, and maybe beyond our little corner of the world, through our website and our growing social media presence.

If you have questions, want to get involved, or have a great new idea, we’d certainly love to write or talk with you! You’re welcome to leave a message on Soroptimist International of Borrego Springs’ Facebook page, or send us an email through our contact us page. The dorky smiley face is there for a reason – we want to connect with you. 🙂

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