2017 Service and Community Outreach
Days for Girls Kit Project
These kits are made with love by thousands of volunteers around the world or by local women filling the need for their own community. Quality matters because women and girls depend on this product, and kits have to endure frequent washing in harsh conditions. For more details, Info Sheet
2016 Service and Community Outreach
April 6, 2016: Sarah's...Oasis for Women Dinner
32 residents were served dinner by the women of SITC as an opportunity to get involved in the community. The food provided by the SITC women was delicious as usual. SITC also gave Sarah's 15 bags of personal hygiene products to give to new residents as they make Minnesota home. The bags were donated by Trader Joe's in St. Paul.
(l to r) Mary Qiblawi, Sharon Loftsgaarden, Mary Cocchiarella, Diane Notch, Karen Johnson, Joan Cromer, and Barb Zeches
January 23, 2016: The Food Network Service Event
The Twin Cities Soroptimist Club members came out in force to pack boxes of fruit and vegetables for The Food Group, Minnesota’s food distribution center for the state’s food shelves to feed the hungry. They packed 420 boxes that will feed 1,680 people. Amazing! Sharon packed 5 lb. bags of potatoes, Karen packed onions and carrots. Mary packed apples, Ann grapefruit. Barb crushed boxes while the guys taped boxes together.
2015 Service and Community Outreach
Soroptimist members put their hearts into collecting 58 pairs of mittens and hats to decorate their tree at the annual Holiday Party in December. These hats and mittens were later donated to the Alexander House.
November 7, 2015: Girl Rising Movie and Panel Event, Minnesota Air National Guard Auditorium, Saint Paul, Minnesota
SITC partnered with the Minnesota Air National Guard to host a movie and panel discussion on November 7th. We had 60+ attendees (women, men, girls and boys) participate in this inspirational event to continue efforts to raise awareness of issues facing women and girls. The movie highlighted the stories of nine girls and the obstacles they faced in order to get an education. Before the movie, Laura Jeffrey the Air National Guard gave tours of the C130-H planes, which are used to transport our troops and their equipment. Following the movie, we had a panel discussion led by Joanne Johnson. On the panel were CMSgt Kristin Von Eschen/UniteWomen.org, Tiffini Flynn Forslund and Allison Stapley from the Laura Jeffrey Academy, as well as our own Mary Cocchiarella and her niece Eliana Renee Cocchiarella. We had a great discussion about the barriers women and girls face. As a reminder, this was our annual fundraising event for our awards program.If you were not able to attend, we are still accepting donations. We have not met our goal yet for our awards program, so any donation will be greatly appreciated.
March 28, 2015: Live Your Dream Benefit Breakfast, Minneapolis, MN
January 2015: The Food Group, New Hope, MN
On Saturday, January 17, Soroptimists and their family members and friends made rice bags for distribution to area food shelves at The Food Group in New Hope. We are a fast, competitive group so we finish our tasks early. From rice packaging we repacked barrels of donated items brought in from area food collections around the metro area and reboxed them. It was interesting to see all the different kinds of food items that communities donate. For the third consecutive year, we donated $100 to support the important work they do to help women, children and their families be more food secure.
Projects Completed: 1,000 lbs. of Jasmine Rice Repackaged
1,825 lbs. of Sorted Donated Food
People Served: 2,121 Individuals
2,825 lbs. of Food
2014 Service and Community Outreach
December 2014: Holiday Party and Children's Winterwear Donations to Alexandra House, Blaine, MN
On Tuesday, December 16, Soroptimists gathered with friends and family to celebrate the holidays with a dinner and fun gift exchange. Additionally, we donated 43 items of winterwear for children, ages 9-17, residing at the Alexandra House, in Blaine, Minnesota. The Alexandra House provides domestic violence and sexual violence services in Anoka County. Our free services include 24-hour emergency shelter, support services and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence across the state of Minnesota. This is the second year that Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities has worked with the Alexandra House.
November 2014: Holiday Gifts Collected for a Family with 360 Communities
SITC members pooled together money and gifts for a family during the holiday season.
October 2014: Sarah's...Oasis for Women Dinner and Welcome Bag Fulfillment
On October 29, SITC members brought supplies and filled 15 welcome bags to be given to new residents living at Sarah's. This was followed by a delicious dinner shared with the women residing there and staff. It was a warm, wonderful evening of sharing.
September 2014: School Supply Drive for 360 Communities-Rosemount After School Program
On September 16, SITC members brought school supplies to our monthly program for donation to the 360 Communities-Rosemount After School Program. Later that week, Karen Johnson brought those supplies to the program coordinator. To find out more about 360 Communities' School Success and after school programming, go to: https://www.360communities.org/index.php/school-success/
We are so proud of our members who donated 4 grocery bags full of supplies!
10 3-ring binders
1 big container of erasers
June 2014: New Board Induction and Yearend Picnic
On Tuesday, June 24, SITC members, family and guests joined together at Susan Grafton's house for a yearend picnic and while enjoying the camaraderie and reminiscing about our successful 2013-14 season, inducted the new 2014-15 board. The outgoing board presented Lynne with a thank you gift (spa certificate and booties).
New 2014 Board Members Incoming and Outgoing President
May 2014: Diva Dash, Washington County Fairgrounds, MN
On Saturday, May 31, Soroptimists provided volunteer labor to help support the Twin Cities' Shape Diva Dash. This was the first time our club had participated and we had a GREAT time! It was so much fun and was inspiring to see all the teams of women (many mother-daughter groups) of all shapes, sizes and ages putting their all into the obstacle course/run and raising money for their non-profit groups. SITC received $500 from Shape Diva Dash for our work and this will give us a running start on our work to help Twin Cities' women and girls!
May 2014: Annual Awards Dinner, Bloomington, MN
On Tuesday, April 20, Soroptimists, friends and supporters gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel to honor 2014 award recipients and provide over $3,000 in educational awards. This evening is always the highlight of our year! We were able to hear from our award winners and were so happy to see some of last year's award winners again and get an update from them on all their accomplishments since receiving our awards last year! We also honored one of members with the Spirit of Soroptimism award, which recognizes a member who exemplifies the qualities and values that Soroptimists represent.
From left to right: Julie W, from Project Success (accepting) the Ruby Award on behalf of Adrienne Diercks who could not attend; Brianna M, Reilience Award recipient; Elaine D, Women's Opportunity Award recipient; and Soua T, our Violet Richardson Award recipient. Nicolina M, another of our Resilience Award recipients, could not attend as she was accepting her National Merit Award scholarship on the same evening.
Our 2014 award recipients were joined by Linda L, 2013 Women's Opportunity Award recipient, and Daeja C, one of our 2013 Resilience Award recipients.
Our 2014 Spirit of Soroptimism recipient, Sharon L
April 2014: Combatting Sex Trafficking Workshop, Roseville, MN
On Saturday, April 26, Soroptimist of the Twin Cities hosted a workshop conducted by Noelle Volin, Director of Policy and Education with Breaking Free, and Ramsey County Assistant Attorney David Pinto. This workshop was open to the public, sharing information about how to identify and combat sex trafficking. We were able to share resources and strategies that recipients could apply to their local communities.
Video clips and FAQs are currently under construction and will be posted to our site soon.
April 2014: North Central Region Soroptimist Conference, Radisson Hotel-Roseville, MN
On Friday, April 25,-Sunday, April 27, SITC was host to the North Central Region Conference, where Soroptimists from five states in the Upper Midwest gathered at the Radisson-Roseville to learn more information about Soroptimist programs and initiatives, share best practices from across the region and have great fun! We had such a good time that we forgot to take pictures!
April 2014: Transform Dreams Into Reality SITC Second Annual Benefit Breakfast
On Saturday, April 12, approximately 75 people attended our second annual benefit breakfast at the Sabathani Community in Minneapolis raising $3,000 for educational awards to benefit women and girls who have overcome great obstacles to pursue their post-secondary education. The theme for the morning was Transform Dreams into Reality, with featured speakers sharing inspirational stories of transformation. Kelcey Carlson, KMSP Fox 9 news anchor, emceed the event.
Our featured speaker was Gail Rosenblum. As a Star Tribune social issues columnist, she has had a front-row seat to some of the most powerful and poignant stories unfolding in the Twin Cities and across the world. She shared some of her favorites, featuring local women and girls who have faced their fear and found their voice, creating meaningful change for themselves, their families and their community.
Sha Gage, a founding member of MaMa Mosaic Theater for Women, has been named one of the leading artists of her generation. We were profoundly moved by her performance of a piece that she wrote entitled, I Remember!, combining elements of abuse, isolation, beauty image, community and survival, a selected work from Minnesota Girls are Not for Sale; a developing work originally commissioned by the Women’ s Foundation of Minnesota.
We also heard from two past recipients of the Women's Opportunity Awards. Peggy McNamara, a 1990 recipient, originally from the Twin Cities, but now residing in Seattle, shared her story via video. Linda Larson, 2013 recipient of the Twin Cities' award, was able to attend in person and share her story of transformation and what receiving the award last year has meant to her. SITC Club President Lynne Peterson shared how Soroptimist of the Twin Cities helps women and girls pursue their dreams and transform them into reality through its' programs and awards.
February 2014: Emergency Food Shelf Network, New Hope, MN
On Saturday, February 22, Soroptimists and their family and guests braved the icy road conditions to pack food for distribution to area food shelves at the Emergency Food Shelf Network in New Hope Minnesota. While it was was brutally cold outside, we were "on fire" inside, not only packing all the fresh produce and frozen meat that they had allocated for our group to get done, but tackled additional work to put nutritional labels on donated cans of corn! For the second consecutive year, we donated $100 to support the important work they do to help women, children and their families be more "food secure". Unfortunately, we forgot to assign a photographer to capture the work and the comraderie, so there are no pictures, but we have the memories!
February 2014: SITC donates to Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center
On Tuesday evening, February 18, SITC invited Suzanne Keopplinger, Executive Director of the Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center, to be our featured speaker at the Monthly Program at the Park Plaza Hotel in Bloomington, MN. We were able to hear about all the work they continue to do to combat violence against women and the social, historical and economic forces that contribute to putting women in the Native American Indian community at greater risk for sexual and domestic abuse. We presented MIWRC with a $500 donation during the program to support this important work and learned about ways that we can help.
For the third consecutive year, SITC donated a portion of our Dining Around Town raffle to support the work of Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center.
February 2014: Civil Society Program, Gloria Dei Lutheran Church, St. Paul, MN
On Saturday, February 8, Soroptimists participated in a wonderful program at the Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in St. Paul featuring Linda Miller, Executive Director and founder of the Civil Society. We had the opportunity to highlight the work of Soroptimists here in the Twin Cities, introduce Linda Miller and present her with a $500 donation ( for the consecutive year, we used funds raised by our 2013 Dining Around Town raffle). This is the third consecutive year we have used a portion of the Dining Around Town raffle to support the Civil Society. It was a great opportunity to hear about all the great work that the Civil Society is doing (to influence sentencing and prosecution of sex traffickers, help the victims through the legal process and healing), and we are so proud to continue our support.
Most of our pictures turned out blurry, but here is a picture of Linda at the podium!
January 2014: Habitat for Humanity, Woodbury, MN
On Saturday, January 25, Soroptimists, friends, family and other area supporters volunteered for the third year in a row at a Habitat for Humanity build in Woodbury, Minnesota. We had a great time and were a very productive crew! For the second consecutive year, SITC donated $200 to Habitat for Humanity.
2013 Service and Community Outreach
December 2013: Holiday Party and Children's Winterwear Donations to Alexandra House, Blaine, MN On Tuesday, December 17, Soroptimists gathered with friends and family to celebrate the holidays with a dinner and fun gift exchange. Additionally, we donated 79 items of winterwear for children, ages 9-17, residing at the Alexandra House, in Blaine, Minnesota. The Alexandra House provides domestic violence and sexual violence services in Anoka County. Our free services include 24-hour emergency shelter, support services and advocacy to victims of domestic and sexual violence across the state of Minnesota. This is the first year that Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities has worked with the Alexandra House.
December 2013: Adopt-a-Family Donations to Jeremiah Program, Minneapolis, MN
On Tuesday, December 2, Soroptimists delivered Christmas presents to the Jeremiah Program's Minneapolis Campus to ensure a wonderful holiday for three mothers and their children (total value $773). The Jeremiah Program is an award-winning program helping single mothers and their children to break the cycle of multi-generational poverty. This is the second year that Soroptimists have supported The Jeremiah Program through participating in the Cook for Kids and Adopt-a-Family initiatives.
November 2013: Sarah's...an Oasis for Women, St. Paul, MN
On Wednesday evening, November 13, Soroptimists delivered the welcome kits that were packed last October and brought dinner for the residents. After sharing a meal with the women, we had an opportunity to get to know the women who live at Sarah's on a personal level.
October 2013: Breaking Free Sisters of Survival Graduation
On Tuesday evening, October 22, Soroptimists attended a Sisters of Survival graduation at the MLK Community Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. This was an important milestone which honored the women who completed the Breaking Free 14-week program to break free of commercialized sex trafficking and build a better life for themselves and their families. Soroptimists shared why we have continued to support Breaking Free and presented a $500 donation from the proceeds of the 2013 Dining Around Town fundraiser. The pictures below show Lynne Peterson, President of SITC, and Vednita Carter, Executive Director of Breaking Free, at the podium and then the graduation cake that was part of the post ceremony festivities. More information regarding this program can be found at http://www.breakingfree.net/women_and_girls.aspx
October 2013: Miss Representation Film Screening and Panel Discussion
On Friday evening, October 18th, Soroptimists and Rasmussen College-Blaine hosted a free film screening of the Sundance award-winning documentary Miss Representation, followed by an interactive discussion between attendees and panelists regarding how to build awareness and take action to combat the way women and girls are misrepresented in the media and how that impacts their ability to fulfill their full potential. Click here to see the Miss Representation Flyer and Miss Representation Press Release
Soroptimists also encouraged attendees to bring non-perishable food for 360 Communities. Through this effort, over 7,000 pounds of food was donated! 360 Communities Lewis House Thank You
October 2013: Packing Welcome Bags for Sarah's Oasis
On Tuesday evening, October 15th, as part of our monthly program, Soroptimists packed enough Welcome Bags to supply Sarah's Oasis for the next year. These bags contain a variety of essential hygiene supplies. This is the second year that Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities has supplied Sarah's with their welcome bags. Additionally, we are continuing our birthday card/gift program for women staying at Sarah's. The welcome bags were presented at a dinner Soroptimists provided at Sarah's in November.
September 2013: Jeremiah Cook for Kids
On Thursday evening, September 26, Soroptimists provided dinner for approximately 30 women and their children who live at the Minneapolis campus of the Jeremiah Program, an award-winning program to help break the cycle of intergenerational poverty. It's a great opportunity to give the moms a break from cooking dinner before their life skills classes and we enjoy getting to know these amazing young women.
May 2013: Awards Dinner, Park Plaza Hotel, Bloomington, MN
On May 21, Soroptimists, friends and supporters gathered at the Park Plaza Hotel to honor 2013 award recipients and provide $9,000 in educational awards. This evening is always the highlight of our year!
Resilience Award winners, Samantha N. and Daeja C., accepting their awards
from Lynne Peterson, President of SITC
Women's Opportunity Award winner, Linda L., and supporters accepting her award from Lynne Peterson
Women's Opportunity Award winner, Sharonda M., and daughter accepting her award
from Lynne Peterson and North Central Region Governor Christina Hujanen
Resilience and Women's Opportunity Award winners
with Lynne Peterson, President of SITC
For more information regarding the Women's Opportunity and Resilience Awards, click Awards Overview
April 2013: Habitat for Humanity, Woodbury, MN
On April 27, for the second year Soroptimists, their families, friends and area supporters volunteered at a Habitat for Humanity build in Woodbury, Minnesota. We had a great time and were a very productive crew. We finished all the work they had ready for us by 3 p.m!
Check out our pictures and let us know if you want to be contacted for the next Habitat build project!
March 2013: Dare to Dream - SITC First Annual Benefit Breakfast in St. Paul, MN
On March 9, approximately 75 people attended our first annual benefit breakfast at the American Lung Association in Minnesota in St. Paul. Over $3,700 was raised for educational awards to benefit women and girls who have overcome great obstacles to pursue their post-secondary education. The theme for the morning was Dare to Dream, with featured speakers encouraging us all to dare to dream of a world where women and girls are fully empowered. Kelsey Soby, part of the FOX TV News Team, emceed the event and Kristi Bakken, 2012 Women's Opportunity Award winner, shared her story how winning last year's award helped her continue her education and build self-esteem. Mama Mosaic performed The Silenced, which highlighted the impacts of sex trafficking on women and girls. Our keynote speaker was Sharon Sayles Belton, former Mayor of Minneapolis and co-founder of the Harriett Tubman Shelter for battered women.
Kelsey Soby, our emcee for the morning, shares her journey that allowed her to follow her dreams. Sharon Sayles Belton
shares her vision for women charting the next course.
Kristi Bakken, 2012 Women's Opportunity Award winner, shares her story and MaMa Mosaic Women's Theatre performs
The Silenced!, an emotional piece that brought to life the impacts of human trafficking.
February 2013: Emergency Foodshelf Network, New Hope, MN
On February 16, Soroptimists, their families and friends volunteered at the Emergency Foodshelf Network in New Hope, Minnesota. The Emergency Foodshelf Network supplies over 200 Twin Cities foodshelves, offers discounted produce and meats that can be purchased with EBT cards (aka food stamps) and fresh produce to the community along with culturally-specific offerings. Our 16 volunteers were split into two groups; one team repackaged bulk rice into 4 lb. packages appropriate for neighborhood foodshelf distribution and the other team packaged culturally-specific foodshelf packages targeted toward the Latino community. For our two hours of effort, we packaged enough food for 1,604 people! We packaged 280 boxes of Latino-specific groceries and 121 (4 lb.) bags of medium grain rice. Check out our pictures below!
January 2013: Emergency Foodshelf Network Donation
On January 16, Soroptimists held their annual Soup Party fundraising dinner at the American Lung Association. Peg McQuillan of the Emergency Foodshelf Network was our featured speaker. We asked members to bring nonperishable food for donation. Soroptimists donated 30 lbs. of food and have scheduled a service event in February 2013 to pack food at their warehouse in New Hope, Minnesota. Here are the pictures from the Soup Party donations:
December 2012: Annual Holiday Party and Robert B. Lewis House Donations
On December 11, Soroptimists gathered for our annual holiday party and collected almost 50 items of children's winterwear for donation to the Robert B. Lewis House, a battered women's shelter in Eagan, Minnesota (items shown on the holiday tree). Donated items included 20 pairs of gloves/mittens, 20 hats, 6 winter scarves, 2 pair of boots, 1 headband.
Pictures from the gift exchange game and a holiday gift to our long time server (Karen).
December 2012: Jeremiah Program, Minneapolis MN
On December 4, Soroptimists delivered holiday presents (valued at over $950) to the Jeremiah Program Minneapolis Campus to ensure a wonderful holiday for four mothers and their children (total of eight people). The Jeremiah Program is an award-winning program helping single mothers and their children to break the cycle of generational poverty. Gloria Perez, CEO and Executive Director, was the 2012 Ruby Award recipient from the Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities (formerly known as Greater Minneapolis) to recognize her important work to improve the lives of women and their children.
Soroptimists also provided a wonderful meal for all residents and staff of the Jeremiah Program Minneapolis Campus (approximately 20 women and their children) via their Cook for Kids program. It was a wonderful evening of sharing for all of us.
November 2012: Sarah's...An Oasis for Women, St. Paul, MN
On November 13, Hilary Oley-Wold, Associate Director of Sarah's was our featured speaker at the November business meeting, sharing current priorities and how our increased partnership (welcome kits, birthday cards and gifts, one-to-one buddy program, dinners) is having a positive impact on the women there. Later in the meeting, we packed enough welcome kits (that are given to each new arrival) to meet Sarah's annual needs. On November 14, we delivered the welcome kits and brought dinner for the residents. After sharing a meal with the women, we had an opportunity to get to know them on a personal level. 45% of the funding for the welcome kits come from the portion of the 2012 Dining Around Town proceeds designated for Sarah's.
Here are a few pictures of the packing party followed by our dinner at Sarah's!
October 2012: Emergency Foodshelf Network, New Hope, MN
On October 3, Soroptimist of the Twin Cities (formerly known as Soroptimist International of Greater Minneapolis) held its first service event of the 2012-13 season; volunteering at the Emergency Foodshelf Network to repackage rice for our community. The rice is part of the Foodshelf's cultural-specific packages they distribute throughout Minnesota. For just a couple of hours, a few good stories and a little clean-up, we filled 23 banana boxes of rice which equaled 276 4 lb. bags that will feed 1,104 people. Soroptimist also donated $100 to support the Emergency Foodshelf Network's ongoing efforts in the community. The Emergency Foodshelf Network is a full-service food bank with over 200 hunger relief partners statewide, providing nutritious food and support services to over 2 million individuals each year. Check out our pictures!
May 2012: Sarah's...an Oasis for Women in St. Paul, MN
From May 18-24, 2012, Soroptimist of Greater Minneapolis provided individual volunteers to guard the front door of Sarah's while residents and staff members worked on the new courtyard being developed for use by the residents. This allowed residents and staff members to focus on the work at hand instead of needing to hold back people to handle their security for the building.
June 2012: Sarah's...an Oasis for Women in St. Paul, MN
On June 19, Soroptimist International of Greater Minneapolis held a potluck picnic for residents of Sarah's…an Oasis for Women in St. Paul, Minnesota, and after sharing a meal and getting to know each other, were provided a tour of the facility. After a tour of their beautiful new courtyard and roses, we reviewed their vegetable and fruit garden; we discovered that the women were struggling to balance the abundance of peak "in season" fruit with the daily needs. One of our members' daughters proposed that we follow up with them to bring needed supplies and teach the women how to make Freezer Jam. In late June these supplies were delivered and the process taught to interested women. This will allow the bounty of in-season fruits to be enjoyed year round. Sarah's…an Oasis for Women is an intercultural and interfaith home for women in transition who are seeking housing, community and safety for approximately 29 women at any one time. The founder of Sarah's Oasis, Sister Maggie, was the recipient of our club's Ruby Award in 2008 and has been the recipient of Dining Around Town proceeds for the last two years. However, this visit, with its opportunity to get to know the women on a more personal level, really inspired our club members to explore additional ways we could support the women at Sarah's. During the summer of 2012, members approved a plan for the 2012-13 season that committed us to a more robust partnership including providing Sarah's annual needs regarding incoming residents' welcome baskets, birthday cards and gifts for residents, providing 1:1 mentoring and two dinners per year. Check out our pictures of our June picnic!
April 2012: Feed My Starving Children in Eagan, MN
On April 24, 2012, Soroptimist International (SI) of Greater Minneapolis packed food at the Feed My Starving Children facility in Eagan. Feed My Starving Children provides culturally sensitive, nutritious meal packages for shipment to children and their families facing severe malnourishment and starvation. We packed 55 boxes of meals, which will provide 11,880 meals or feed 33 children 1 meal per day for an entire year. Soroptimists also donated $250 to Feed My Starving Children. Check out our pictures!
December 2011: Holiday Party and Donation Drives
The month of December was a busy one, with Soroptimist International of Greater Minneapolis engaged in many community service events, including:
- Arms Full of Love (through 360 Communities) Soroptimist purchased holiday gifts for a family of six
- Cell phones for donation to the Lewis House for residents' safety
- Books to donate to incarcerated women
- Children's mittens, gloves, hats and scarves for donation to Lewis House children
- Women's winter outerwear for donation to Sarah's Oasis
- This season of giving was capped off by a fun Holiday Party, with gift exchange games and a fully decorated Christmas tree full of the children's mittens, gloves, hats and scarves all ready to be taken to the Lewis House. Check out some of our pictures (though we were having so much fun, we didn't take very many!)
November 2011: Habitat for Humanity/Women's Build
On November 19, 2011, Soroptimist of Greater Minneapolis participated in Habitat for Humanity's Women's Build project, helping to do indoor finishing work on a house in Columbia Heights, Minnesota. Throughout the day, Soroptimists were able to not only help with painting, carpeting and other work, but get to know other volunteers and the future owners of the home. Check out our pictures of the day.
May 2011: Lewis House Mother's Day Dinner in Eagan, MN
On May 11, Soroptimist International (SI) of Greater Minneapolis prepared a Mother's Day celebratory dinner at the Robert B. Lewis House in Eagan, Minnesota. Soroptimists prepared dinner and helped children create Mother's Day crafts to give to their mothers at the shelter. The Lewis House is a crisis shelter for women and their children escaping domestic violence. SI of Greater Minneapolis has supported the Lewis House for many years, providing dinners for residents, painting and refurbishing bedrooms, supplying and decorating a teen room and obtained a 2007-08 grant from Soroptimist International of the Americas which provided funds to residents that allowed them to bridge financial gaps to retain their belongings (household goods, car, etc.) by paying for storage lockers, car insurance, etc. Check out our pictures from the dinner!
April 2011: Child Slavery Art Exhibit and News Conference in St. Paul, MN
On March 30-April 3, 2011, art from child victims of human trafficking was on display in the North Hall at the State Capital to raise awareness about human trafficking. Soroptimist of the Twin Cities (formerly SI of Greater Minneapolis) club members organized the display on behalf of the Civil Society, a St. Paul agency that provides victims with food, shelter and medical and legal help. Karen Johnson, former President of SI of Greater Minneapolis, spoke at the news conference regarding our long standing partnership with the Civil Society and how pleased we were that we could be of assistance in bringing attention to this important issue. The Minneapolis Star Tribune article can be viewed here: Star Tribune Article-Child Slavery Conference Linda Miller, Founder and Executive Director of the Civil Society, was the recipient of the 2011 Ruby Award by the Soroptimist of Greater Minneapolis club. More information about Linda Miller and the Civil Society via this link Ruby Award Past Recipients or the Civil Society website at www.civilsocietyhelps.org This art exhibit was preceeded by a nationally attended Child Slavery Conference sponsored by the Civil Society with the assistance of Soroptimist International of Greater Minneapolis. Pictures of Karen Johnson and the art display are below.