EL CENTRO— Soroptimist International of El Centro celebrated the end of the club year Wednesday, June 29,with a membership mixer and service project presentation. The project, “Handbags for the Homeless,” was part of a region-wide effort to provide outreach to women faced with homelessness.
The Soroptimist Desert Coast Region, which includes 40 clubs throughout Imperial, San Diego, Orange, and parts of Los Angeles counties, asked clubs to fill gently-used purses with toiletries, personal hygiene products, and snacks, then bring them to the annual Spring Conference in May. The response was amazing, with hundreds of handbags filling a banquet hall.
SI El Centro contributed 36 handbags to the cause, filled with products donated by members and others. At the end of the conference, the handbags were distributed between the four counties, with Imperial County receiving 75. In addition to the purses, the club filled an additional 21 totes with full-sized toiletries and other items.
“These service projects are both great examples of what we do as Soroptimists. We help women and girls improve their lives by giving them the resources and opportunities they need to reach their full potential and to live their dreams,” President Kathy Ball remarked.
At the membership mixer, the handbags were distributed to local organizations providing outreach to homeless women and women in crisis. The purses were presented to Spread the Love Charity and the larger totes were presented to House of Hope and WomanHaven, along with boxes filled with loose toiletries for residents in the shelters.
A fourth presentation of feminine hygiene products was made to the Sister Evelyn Mourey Center, as part of SI El Centro’s ongoing project to provide these essentials to women in need. Similar presentations were made to House of Hope in December and WomanHaven in February.
“All four of these organizations, Spread the Love Charity, WomanHaven, House of Hope, and Sister Evelyn Mourey Center, are helping women in need through their various programs and services,” noted President Kathy Ball, “Working together, we are all women at our best helping other women to be their best.”