The word “Soroptimist” is a coined term meaning “the best for women.” Soroptimist is an international volunteer service organization for business and professional women who work to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
The Soroptimist organization was founded in 1921 in Oakland, California, by a group of businesswomen who wanted to have a service club similar to those already in existence for men. It has grown from one club to 100,000 members in 120 countries throughout the world.
Soroptimist focuses on helping to improve the lives of women and girls, helps women achieve economic and political equality, serves as a global voice for women, provides leadership development opportunities for women, and works toward world peace and understanding. This is accomplished through education, scholarships and involvement in community and international service projects.
Soroptimist International of Capitola
Soroptimist International of Capitola participates in service projects each year that are geared toward helping improve the lives of our local women & girls! See our Programs for detailed information about the service programs we are involved in.
Since 1967 our club has enjoyed partnerships with various community services and resources including the Boys & Girls Club, Capacitar, Canine Companions for Independence, Dientes, Doran Center for the Blind, Gemma, Jacob’s Heart, Santa Cruz Shakespeare, Walnut Avenue Women’s Center, WomenCARE, and support for area school libraries.