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ALL ARE INVITED to the Soroptimist of Alpine St. Patrick’s BUNCO NIGHT! – March 15, 2019

Hey Alpine! Come support Soroptimists of Alpine and the women of Alpine! We’re a fun Bunco fundraiser for our “LIVE YOUR DREAM AWARD” – a $1,500 cash grant for women in need to achieve their education and career goals on Friday, March 15, 2019 at the Alpine Women’s Club! Dinner and beverages will be included in your $20 donation. Raffle tickets will be sold, 25 for $20, for our 10 baskets. All proceeds go directly to the award. Make your reservations today. Dinner is from 6-7pm and the dice roll is at 7pm. For more information and reservations go to sialpine.org or call Chelsea Lindley at 619-410-2535 or email sialpine@soroptimist.net

Alpine Mom Changes Her Life & Earns 2019 Live Your Dream Grant

Amanda Duffell rescued herself from a life filled with terror and is now living her dream…

Soroptimist International of Alpine made it official on Feb. 5 by awarding Duffell a major share of $2,700 handed out in the organization’s 2019 “Live Your Dream Awards” program.

Duffell’s three young children applauded their mom as she accepted flowers and praise in the Community Room of the Alpine Sheriff’s Station at 2751 Alpine Blvd. “When I sent in the application I didn’t think I had a chance,” said Duffell, 30, of Alpine.  “It’s amazing. It’s incredible.” Now working in an East San Diego County doughnut shop while attending San Diego City College, Duffel had earlier accepted her Soroptimist award grant so she could catch up on her bills.

The  “Live Your Dream Awards” help women who are the primary financial support for their families by giving them necessary resources to improve their education, skills and employment prospects. Every year Soroptimist International groups overall invest more than $2 million in education grants to almost 1,500 women.

Research shows that being a single mother without a college degree are two of the strongest indicators of poverty, according to the global organization. “All of the six women that applied (for Alpine awards) were very deserving and we tried to see that everybody got something,” said President Kiersten Pinard of the Alpine Soroptimst. ”But her story touched us the most.”

Duffell turned her life around, she’s working hard and she’s going to college while making sure her children are in a good school, Pinard said. “The award’s not just about her hardships,” she said. “It’s also about the fact that she has a very clear career goal and she’s on that path.” As her two sons and daughter ages 6, 8 and 9, finished their refreshments, Duffle briefly quietly talked about her troubled early years.

“It started when I was about their age,” she said. “I was taken away from my mom and put into the foster care system.” When she was 13, she continued, she moved to Mexico on her own to find her mother in Tijuana.  She was able to contact her mom, Duffell said, but life in Mexico turned “horrible.” “When I was 22 years old, I was diagnosed with a chronic disease,” she said. “My oldest son was sick, too.  It was hard. I was pregnant. My daughter was in foster care. My son was in Mexico. I didn’t have any family or friends.” Duffell reached out to a medical social worker in San Diego. Social workers at the University of California San Diego then helped her  get into rehabilitation, she said. They “gave me faith that I was worth it,” Duffell said, adding that she never wants her children to go through what she did.

Working full time now while taking 24 units at college, she said she plans to transfer  to San Diego State University to continue her education.  Duffle said she fits her schedule around her children’s needs. She added that she’s trying to teach her youngsters to stay in school and to like it. “I hope my story does inspire women in domestic violence relationships or suffering from drug addiction,” Duffell said. “I want people to say ‘If she did it, I can do it, too.’”

 

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“Live Your Dream” $1500 Cash Award for LOCAL WOMEN WAGE EARNERS – Apply TODAY!

The SIA Live Your Dream $1500 Cash Award application deadline is less than one month away. We would love to give a few local women a chance for a new beginning!

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The Live Your Dream Award is Soroptimist International of Alpine’s major program. The award 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.

live your dream photoWhile the $1500 cash award is incredibly helpful, Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award recipients say that confidence and support they receive is equally meaningful.

As a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, Soroptimist believes in helping women to live their dreams by providing them with the resources they need to change their lives.

We also believe that when you help a woman, you also help her family, the community, and the world. Despite the enormous progress that women have made, they still suffer disproportionately from poverty, illiteracy, violence and discrimination. As women, we feel uniquely qualified to reach out to women the world over.

Maybe you know a woman who might be deserving of a Live Your Dream Award. Or maybe you work for an agency or a college whose constituents would be interested in this program.

I urge you to contact us or to send these women our way. Contact Linda Evans , Alpine Soroptimist Live Your Dream Chair,  levans@cox.net,  for an applications or more information go to sialpine.orgApplications are due by November 15th, 2018.

 

Soroptimist of Alpine & Alpine Chamber RED HOT Event at Dana’s Boutique – November 11, 2017

Soroptimist of Alpine and the Alpine Chamber of Commerce invite you to join us at Dana’s Boutique (2271 Alpine Blvd E, Alpine, CA 91901) for a “RED HOT & RISING TO THE TOP” Business Networking Event on Saturday, November 11, 2017 from 12pm to 2pm. It will be a sizzling good time and a chance to meet the amazing ladies of the Soroptimist of Alpine and learn more about what this organization does for Women and Girls! There will be drawings, Shopping, Friendship, Sisterhood, Refreshments and more! For more info please contact Susan at DescansoSue@gmail.com or visit the Soroptimist website at sialpine.org

Soroptimist International of Alpine is Seeking Women of East County as New Members

Soroptimist International of Alpine is seeking women of East County as new members!!!! Soroptimists have great friendships and fun!! Meetings at the Alpine Library 1st Tuesday 6-7 PM. We service the community in many forms! Live Your Dream (Support for young women), Dream It Be It (Monthly mentorship of teens), Alpine Speech Contest at JMMS and Anti Sex Trafficking of young teens activities. Check us out at www.sialpine.org.

Come join us for a meeting! For more information contact Patty Tweed or Susan Lancaster=