A global volunteer organization working to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Soroptimist Vision & Mission
Women and girls have the resources and opportunities to reach their full potential and live their dreams.
Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment.
Soroptimist International of the Americas is committed to:
- Gender Equality: Women and girls live free from discrimination.
- Empowerment: Women and girls are free to act in their own best interest.
- Education: Women and girls deserve to lead full and productive lives through access to education.
- Diversity & Fellowship: Women from varied backgrounds and perspectives work together to improve the lives of women and girls.
Programs We Support
A multi-dimensional approach to end sex trafficking including raising awareness, assisting victims, preventing sexual slavery, and advocating for better laws and enforcement.
We want to share our passion for STEM subjects with younger girls, to encourage them to pursue STEM subjects in their future studies and careers.
Working together, these women volunteers raise more than $200,000 each year for charitable projects making a difference for woman and girls, locally and all over the world.
The Thrift Haus
The Thrift Haus at the corner of Lupfer and First in Whitefish, Montana is the financial engine that fuels most of the contributions for our club.
With the generous donations from our community, we sort, stock and resell these gently used goods all with 100% volunteer power by our members.
Donations (clean and in good condition please!) may be dropped off at any time at the east door; signs will direct donors.
Since we’re a 501 C-3 nonprofit, donations are tax-deductible and we provide donation receipts upon request.
You read more about the history by reading The Little Thrift Haus That Could.
HOURS: Wednesday - Friday, 12-5 | Saturday, 12-4
Current Soroptimist News
Red Sand Project’s sidewalk interventions invite us all to take the time to find and fill a sidewalk crack with red sand to remind us that we can’t merely walk over the most marginalized people in our communities — those who fall through the metaphoric cracks.
The simple act of placing sand in a crack but small actions can help raise awareness of the issues facing those who are overlooked.
Thanks to Flathead Sheriff, Flathead Valley Community College, Soroptimist Whitefish and Montana Senator John Tester for bringing awareness to this important issue regarding human trafficking and modern-day slavery.
Soroptimist Whitefish - ON THE AIR w/KGEZ
Early Monday morning, Jenn George, Lynn Grossman, Bonnie Baker and JJ Fox Walburn drove down to the KGEZ Studios to talk about Whitefish Soroptimist, our projects and the recent SWCAT conference.
Latest From Our Blog
Diane, Jenn F., Annie, Jane and Bonnie attended the SOUTHWEST CONFERENCE AGAINST TRAFFICKING, (SWCAT for short) January 11-13 in Ontario, CA.
This conference coincided with Dr. Martin Luther Kings birthday to reflect Dr. Kings dream of living a world without slavery.
Soroptimist was well represented. Keynote speakers were Dawn Marie Lemonds – current president of Soroptimist International and Alice Wells – past president of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a federation of 21 countries, territories, and is the Past President of Soroptimist International – in 133 countries and territories.
Live Your Dream Awards - $22,000 Scholarships
Soroptimist Thank You!
Although I cannot be there in person this evening, I want to extend my most sincere gratitude to you all for this generous scholarship The financial burden of pursuing a college education can be very intimidating, and I feel so privileged that your generosity has helped to lessen that burden on myself and my family so that I can continue my undergraduate education at St. Olaf College.
I am loving every minute of my time at Olaf and look forward to pursuing a PhD in clinical psychology after I graduate, hopefully splitting my time between psychotherapy practice and teaching college classes. Those goals would not be possible without your support.
When people ask me about what it was like to be raised in Montana, I always mention that it meant I got to be a part of the unique community atmosphere fostered by small town living and kind hearted people Your organization has exemplified those merits, and you have my sincerest gratitude - Meredith Grace Stolte
Dear Soroptimist of Whitefish,
Thank you very much for awarding me the Past Presidents Scholarship again. Your financial assistance has helped me so much throughout my education and I am very grateful for your support. I am currently on national exchange to the University of Hawai'i at Hilo on the Big Island, which has been an incredible opportunity and it wouldn't have been possible without this scholarship.
I will return to the mainland in May and graduate from Montana State University with a major in statistics and a minor in music. After graduation, I plan to live and work in Montana.
Thank you again for all of your support; it means so much to me.
Sincerely, Brittany Barnes
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- June 25th is Membership Picnic and installation of Board of Directors. Soroptimist Park at 6:30 pm. Luau theme! Members are encouraged to bring side dish or dessert.
• 4/23 High School scholarship awards at the Rocky Mtn. Lodge at 6:30pm. An Ice-Cream Social will be served!
4/25: Red Sand Project, FVCC Arts and Tech Bldg @ noon. Please come to support our Club’s Human Trafficking Committee and participate in one of SIA’s pillar programs.
• Expand Your Horizons - May 22 at FVCC