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Soroptimists donate to several local non-profits

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Posted: Wednesday, July 9, 2014 11:07 am

Soroptimist International of Lodi held its final meeting for the year in June. Beginning in September they will be joined by members of SI Lodi Sunrise. Members are looking forward to combining the efforts of these two groups of awesome women. New members are welcome. Go to www.lodisoroptimist.org for more information. The new year will begin on Sept. 9th with meetings being held at Richmaid Restaurant on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. President Lynn Hendrick made donations to the following organizations and foundations as her President’s Project.

SI Lodi donated $1,500 to Lodi House a non-profit agency that was established to provide shelter for homeless women and children. They serve women and children in our community that have been displaced from their homes and need a second chance. The ultimate goal of Lodi House is to assist women in achieving independence so that they can find a home for themselves and their children. They give them hope, a renewed spirit and skills to make it on their own. Suzanne Mangum accepted the award.

Soroptimist of Lodi donated $1,500 to The Salvation Army, Hope Harbor shelter program. Hope Harbor strives to meet the emergency housing needs for men, women and single parents with children. Hope Harbor Family Service Center provides emergency lodging, hot meals and clothing. Other programs and classes have been designed to assist clients in becoming more self-reliant and self-sufficient. It has been serving the Lodi community since 1991. Captain Tory Ross and Hope Harbor director Karen West accepted the award.

SI Lodi donated $500 to the Women’s Center — Youth & Family Services. Women Center’s primary mission is to build a stronger community by fostering the strengths in individuals and by acting as a catalyst to end violence and youth homelessness. The founders dreamed of a center where women could meet and make friends, share concerns, participate in workshops and discussions, and receive resources and support for family violence and abuse.

SI Lodi donated $500 to The Strong As Steele Cancer Foundation which was formed to raise funds for the research of ovarian cancer and the support of local patients and families. Strong As Steele is completely run by volunteer efforts. This Foundation was founded at Taylor’s request, but in effect, it has also been formed to honor Taylor for her courage, strength and perseverance. Taylor was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer when she was 12 years of age and died when she was 17. Taylor was a fighter, and an inspiration to many, said Terrie Hinders, who accepted the award.

SI Lodi donated $700 to the Mary Graham Foundation. The Mary Graham Children's Foundation is a private non-profit organization formed to give support to our foster youth, picking up where other systems of support leave off. The foster youth start off their childhood with difficulties no child should have to face, and unfortunately, their transition into adulthood can be just as difficult. On their 18th birthday, the Foster Youth are processed out of the foster care system, and are largely on their own in the world — on their own with no financial support, no parents to fall back on, and with limited education and job skills.

The Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the support of these youth, with the ultimate goal of seeing these youth through to a successful transition from the foster care system to life on their own as adults. Amber Saunders accepted the award.

SI Lodi also donated $500 to the Micke Grove Museum for continued upkeep of the Sunshine Trail for the Blind which was an ongoing project of SI Lodi. The club originally funded the building of the Trail including a covered Bridge and Rock Water Fall.

— Source: Bev Lacy

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