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Soroptimist International of Downey supports and donates time and/or financial aid to the following organizations.
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Local Charities we Support
10/20 Club La Casitas
ARC Walk Los Padrinos
Christmas Family Donation Meals on Wheels
Christmas Project -Alameda School Mothers Day Project
Christmas Project-Bell Gardens Manor Optimist Club
Clothes the Deal Pathfinders
Downey Symphony Pumpkin Patch
Foley House Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Valentines Day Project
Gangs out of Downey  (GOOD) Soroptimist Village, Norwalk CA
Downey Holiday Lane Parade Su Casa
Keep Downey Beautiful True Lasting Connections (TLC)
  YMCA Camperships
   
Region  
Service Fund Disaster Fund
Women's Heart Health  
   
Federation  
Womens Opportunity Awards Violet Richardson Award
Disaster Relief Program  
   
International  
December 10th Appeal Heroes Waiting - Ladies of Liberty
Dentists Without Borders Sierra Project, Sierra Leone
   
Local Charities we Support
10/20 Club
The program was initially started as a support group in support of Gangs Out Of Downey (G.O.O.D.). The primary purpose of the support group was to provide early intervention to youth at-risk for joining gangs. 
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ARC Walk
This popular fundraiser helps the Arc of Southeast Los Angeles County provide for people with mental retardation and other developmental disabilities, securing the opportunity for them to choose and realize their goals, teaching them how to learn, live, work and play.
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Christmas Family Donation
 
Christmas Project -Alameda School
 
Clothes The Deal
Clothes The Deal provides business clothing and accessories and job preparedness workshops to low-income indivudals re-entering the workforce throughout Los Angeles County and surrounding areas.
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Downey Symphony
The Symphony conducts the "Music in the Schools" program which reaches nearly 22,500 students of elementary and middle school age in the Downey School District.  A Quintet of musicians, each representing one of the five major instrument groups - the strings, the percussions, the brass, woodwinds and basses introduce themselves to the children.  
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Foley House
Foley House was one of the first women's recovery programs in the nation to accept women andtheir minor children. The program is funded through contracts with the L.A. County Health Department, Alcohol and Drug Program Administration. Foley House has a capacity of 36 women and children.
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Gangs Out of Downey
Gangs Out of Downey (G.O.O.D.) strives to involve the entire community in the prevention of youth gang activity.  The people of Downey never want to be in a position of having to reclaim the streets and parks of our city.
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Downey Holiday Lane Parade
 
Keep Downey Beautiful
Keep Downey Beautiful is a volunteer program that is coordinated by a full time City employee. The committee functions as a volunteer steering committee. It is composed of concerned citizens, business leaders, educators, and individuals from all lifestyles. Join the enthusiasm shared by the hundreds of volunteers that have made the Keep Downey Beautiful program a success.
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La Casitas
 
Los Padrinos
 
Meals on Wheels
The Meals On Wheels Association of America is the oldest and largest national organization composed of and representing local, community-based Senior Nutrition Programs in all 50 U.S. states, as well as the U.S. Territories. These local programs are our MOWAA Members.
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Mothers Day Project
 
Optimist Club
 
Pathfinders
 
Rancho Los Amigos Hospital, Valentines Day Project
Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center has over 50 years of experience providing quality care for persons with physical disabilities. In the 1950's, Rancho Los Amigos made its transition to rehabilitative care with the waning of the polio epidemic, refocusing the team treatment approach developed to address polio on the rehabilitation of persons with disabling injury and illness.
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Soroptimist Village, Norwalk CA
 
Su Casa
A nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to the philosophy that every individual has the right to live free from violence or the threat of violence.
 
True Lasting Connections (TLC)
The TLC Family Resource Center provides free services to DUSD uninsured and underinsured children and their families in the following areas: medical services, vision and dental care, parental education, food and clothing, counseling, enrollment in low-cost health insurance, support groups, and referral services to outside agencies. 
 
Region
Disaster Fund
The funds raised through voluntary contributions by clubs within the Region are used to help both Soroptimists within our Region and in other Regions who have suffered the effects of a natural disaster.
 
Service Fund
The money in this fund is used to award Violet Richardson and Women’s Opportunity Awards at the Region level. Clubs make voluntary donations to this fund so that the Region can give monetary awards at each Spring Conference.
 
Women’s Heart Health
The Region’s focus for the next 2 years is the issue of heart disease and women. Heart disease is the number one killer of women in America and heart disease kills more women annually than all forms of cancer combined. This focus on heart disease encourages the Soroptimist clubs of Camino Real Region to adopt heart health awareness as an educational and informational service for themselves and their communities, thus saving lives.
 
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Federation
Women’s Opportunity Awards
Soroptimist address the economic component that often forces women to stay in abusive situations – and the lack of resources available to these women once they do leave – through its Women’s Opportunity Awards program. This program provides cash grants to women who must obtain additional job training or education to realize their goal of economic independence. Each year more than $800,000 is awarded through this program.
 
Violet Richardson Award
Soroptimist is concerned with the special challenges facing girls and young women today. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes girls for their volunteer service to their communities.
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Disaster Relief Program
Destructions cause immeasurable hardships for everyone involved, but research shows that women suffer disproportionately during and after disasters. Donations made to this program go towards helping women and children after a disaster has occurred.
  • After the 9/11 tragedy, Soroptimists donated About $84,000 to 4 domestic violence agencies in New York City.
  • For the one year anniversary of the Tsunami disaster of 2005, Soroptimists distributed $130,000 in disaster relief funds.
  • Following Hurricane Katrina Soroptimist International of America made a $10,000 disaster relief donation to the Louisiana Coalition against Domestic Violence so that they could continue to help women with the basic needs such as food, diapers, clothing and prescriptions. In addition, the group, which lost three shelters and closed four others due to the hurricanes and floods, relocated domestic violence victims who were staying at shelters prior to Katrina.
 
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International
December 10th Appeal
Every year on Human Right’s Day (December 10th), the President of Soroptimist International selects a project that provides direct assistance to women in extreme need. Past projects have aided refugees in camps in Malaysia; provided protection and help for women AID sufferers in Uganda and the Ukraine, scholarships for girls in Mongolia and Rwanda; vocational training programs and shelter for vulnerable women and children in Paraguay and education and nutrition for abandoned children in Vietnam.
 
Sierra Project, Sierra Leone
Sierra Leone is one of the poorest nations on earth. More than 70% of the population are unemployed and live below the national poverty line, surviving on just 52p ($1 USD) a day. Life expectancy for women is 42 years and nearly a third of all children die before their fifth birthday.
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