In addition to participating in Soroptimist International programs like Dream It Be It and Live Your Dream Awards we are active in our community. We love helping women in a variety of ways. Here are just a few examples of how we support our community.
Priority Veterans Food Drive
Each year we collect food an supplies for the Priority Veterans Program. This program helps military veterans and their families who are homeless or at immediate risk of becoming homeless. The items collected help them stock their pantry and settle into their new home once they are placed in more perminent housing.
The primary mission of the Phoenix House is to assist individuals in their recovery from alcohol and drug addiction and help them return to society as productive members. SI Tuscaloosa has worked with the Phoenix House in many ways over the years. Our favorite activity is the annual Holiday Party. We gather with the women between Thanksgiving and Christmas for food, games, and quality time. We also enjoy movie nights, painting parties, and taco nights where we can get to know the residents and share stories.
SI Tuscaloosa has been supplying these vital recovery tools for women in our community through the DCH Foundation's Behind the Ribbon program. Our similar partnership with the previous Reach for Recovery program was the inspiration behind the name of our long running fundraiser, The Brunch for Boobs.
We would like to think that human trafficking doesn't exist. Especially in our back yards. However, Tuscaloosa is a prime spot for human traffickers because of it’s location along a major interstate and because there’s a market for it. We have participated in helping to educate individuals about human trafficking in our area. We have also participated in programs to provide hotline information in discreet locations in hotel rooms where trafficking victims would have access to them. We have also had the opportunity to donate support and supplies to organizations such as The Well House which offers aid to victims of human trafficking.