Community News

Posted: Monday, November 20, 2000

Women's applications sought

Soroptimist International of Twin Cities, part of the Soroptimist International of the Americas, a volunteer service organization for women in business, management and the professions have applications available to head-of-household women seeking financial assistance to return to school.

The Women's Opportunity Award is one of the Soroptimists International of Twin Cities major service projects. The Twin Cities club will provide a $500 cash grant to the winner, who will then advance to the Soroptomist Northwestern Region level, where two $3,000 winners and one $5,000 winner will be selected. The program culminates with three $10,000 finalist awards.

Applications are available at New Frontier Vocational Technical Center, Kenai Peninsula College, Kenai Community Library, Soldotna Public Library, Kenai Job Service, Women's Resource and Crisis Center and Bridges or by calling Brenda Northup at 262-6000.

Soroptimists donate to cancer fund

Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities and Preceptor Pi presented $6,000 to Central Peninsula General Hospital for the Patient Care Fund and Soroptimist Cancer Fund.

Funds were raised at the "Chip Away" golf tournament held in the summer. Both organizations share the common goal of promoting awareness for early detection and prevention of cancer in women.

The Soroptimist Cancer Fund is used to provide women on the Kenai Peninsula with essential cancer screening, prevention and medical treatment services.

Program honors young women

The Soroptimist International of the Twin Cities recently launched a new program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place. The Violet Richardson Award honors young women between the ages of 14 and 17 for volunteer actions.

The Soroptimists will present a $200 cash award as well as contribute $200 in honor of the winner to its volunteer organization. Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 29 $1,000 awards. In addition, at this level, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the winners to their organizations.

One finalist will be chosen from among 29 winners for an additional award, including contribution of $2,500 to the finalist's volunteer organization.

Applications for the award program are available at the Kenai and Soldotna libraries, Boys and Girls Club, local high schools, Bridges or by calling Brenda Northup at 260-6000.

Items needed for cancer auction

The Seward Polar Bear Jumpoff is looking for items to be auctioned off to assist with the Kenai Peninsula Children with Cancer program. The auction takes place during the Polar Bear Festival in January.

Since 1991, the organization has assisted 32 children and distributed more than $30,000 to them through the Polar Bear Festival Kenai Peninsula Children with Cancer program.

Auction items in the past have included oil changes, haircuts, dinners, lodging stays, gift certificates, artwork, crafts, etc. Children assisted have been from Homer, Kenai, Nikiski, Soldotna, Sterling and Seward. The donations are tax deductible.

For more information, call (907) 224-5230.



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