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.
Chicks Helping Chicks
The Bunny Trail is a project of Tuscaloosa’s One Place, a Family Resource Center, which is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of local families. They serve over 18,000 people per year through after school programs, school social work, parenting and fatherhood, healthy relationship education, workforce development, and teen intervention programs. Soroptimist sponsored and decorated an egg on the inaugural trail in 2023.
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.
Stop Human Trafficking
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.
West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force
SI Tuscaloosa has been working with the West Alabama Human Trafficking Task Force for the past several years. Proceeds from our final Brunch and our inaugural Shop to Stop Human Trafficking event helped us in making over $30,000 in donations and helped facilitate the donation of two cars for use by the WAHTTF during their operations. These funds go towards the technology used during operations.
In December 2022, SI Tuscaloosa was honored to be recognized by the Tuscaloosa Police Department for our efforts.