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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Two Honored for Making a Difference for Women

Fort Collins Soroptimist is pleased to announce their 2014 Making a Difference for Women Awards. The Soroptimist Making a Difference for Women recognition honors ordinary women, who through their professional and personal efforts are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women and girls. This year’s awardees are Jennifer Jones, Executive Director of SAVA (Sexual Assault Victim Advocate Center) and Melissa Schaefer, program chair for the Poudre School District Teen Parent Program.

Jennifer Jones is a constant force for equality and empowerment in northern Colorado. Her professional and volunteer efforts focus on prevention of and recovery from domestic violence and sexual assault. Hundreds of northern Colorado women and girls have been touched by Jennifer’s efforts at Crossroads SafeHouse, and SAVA. 

Melissa Schaefer, the program chair for the Poudre School District Teen Parent Program, has been making an impact on the lives of teen parents for the past six years.  Melissa is the sole teacher of the teen parenting classes and teaches, assists and mentors students through some pretty difficult situations to prepare them for life after high school. Through her professional and personal efforts Melissa makes extraordinary differences in the lives of teen mothers.

Soroptimist of Fort Collins has recognized numerous outstanding women in the past.  Some of our past honorees include: Dr. Stace Scharfe, LouAnn DeCoursey, Sister Mary Alice Murphy, Victoria Lutz--Past Executive Director of Crossroads Safehouse, Julie Field, Mary Carraher and Nicole Gawronski of Project Self-Sufficiency, Wendy Stine of Harmony Foundation, Dr. Sue Ellen Charlton from CSU, Wendy Cohen of 2Hearts4Lacy, former State Senator Peggy Reeves, and Past Fort Collins Mayor Nancy Gray.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Used Book Sale Fundraiser Deemed Success

Soroptimist International of Fort Collins is pleased to announce that the 2014 AAUW/Soroptimist Used Book Sale raised nearly $14,000 and successfully recycled donors' genty used books.

Net funds are divided between the two nonprofit groups and distributed to help women and families.

AAUW is a University/College Partner with Colorado State University and the proceeds of the sale help provide scholarships for AAUW E-Student Affiliates; and in our Poudre School District community.

Soroptimist International of Fort Collins provides awards to women who are head of household who need help with postsecondary education expenses, to high school girls for volunteer work and also to community organizations who improve the lives of women and girls.

The AAUW/Soroptimist annual Used Book Sale offers nonfiction, fiction, children's and vintage books.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014


Congratulations to Jackie (left) and Lisa (right) for receipt of Soroptimist International of Fort Collins' 2014 Women's Opportunity Awards! These deserving northern Colorado women can use the funds provided by the Fort Collins Soroptimist Club to help offset the costs associated with continuing their education. (Also pictured in middle: Project Self-Sufficiency Advisor, Maggie.

The Women’s Opportunity Awards program is Soroptimist International of the Americas’ major service project. The Women’s Opportunity Awards program provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense. This program, which begins on the club level, was created in 1972 to help women improve their ability to provide for their families. Each year, more than $1 million is provided in cash grants to women in need. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $15 million in Women’s Opportunity Awards has been disbursed to about 25,000 women throughout the countries served by Soroptimist International of the America’s. Applications are accepted each fall with awards the following spring. Soroptimist International of Fort Collins is one of 1,500 clubs that make up Soroptimist International of the Americas.