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Soroptimist International - Capitola Branch

Organization Mission

Soroptimist International of Capitola-by-the-Sea is a global volunteer organization that provides women and girls with access to the education and training they need to achieve economic empowerment.

The Big Idea 2022:
Live Your Dream

Each year, our Club receives 12 -13 applications for our Live Your Dream awards for eligible women — they must be enrolled in or have been accepted to a BA or technical training program, are the heads of their households, have a demonstrated need, and live anywhere in Santa Cruz County. Winners have at least one child.

More than half of our recipients are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault. Nearly all have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction. All of our winners have pledged to give back to their communities and help women who have struggled as they have.

Applicants hope to receive one of our $2,000 cash awards that they may use to pay rent, car repairs, medical bills, or clothes for their children.

We typically only are able to fund three awards. Our Club’s dream — and our big idea—is to raise enough to fund cash awards and holiday gift cards for every eligible applicant.

I am motivated to live out my dream of going to medical school.


Nicole B., Aptos