What do we do?
 
Soroptimist International of Fairfax County (SIFC) supports the mission of our parent organization, Soroptimist International of the Americas (SIA) - improving the lives of women and girls locally and around the world.
 
We raise funds to help women and girls in our community.
 
Antiques Show at George Mason University Field House, Fairfax, VA
SIFC's annual Antiques Show at George Mason University is an annual event that celebrates the coming spring season with an exhibit and sale of American antiquities and collectibles. This splendid exhibit and sale involving more than 100 dealers from the eastern United States is a favorite of antique aficionados. Items for sale include: furniture, books, jewelry, china, glassware, clothing, tools, paintings, prints, linens, toys, tools, carpets and rugs, clocks, statues and much, much more. This much anticipated event takes place in mid-March. Proceeds are from the sale of admission tickets and potted plants. (Link)

SIFC volunteers help plan and organize the event and provide on-site ticket sales, crowd control, and customer assistance services.

White House Ornaments
Each fall, SIFC members sell the annual White House Christmas Ornaments - designed and produced by the White House Historical Association to commemorate the administration of past U.S. presidents - to schools, churches, organizations, and individuals. Ornaments may be purchased either from SIFC members from September through December or at the annual Fairfax Fall Festival (stop by our booth to say hello while you decide how many to buy). (Link)

Celebrate Fairfax
At Celebrate Fairfax, Fairfax County's annual fair, SIFC members sell cold beer to hot, thirsty fair goers (who are age 21or older and can prove it) from an assigned booth.

Sale of Carruth Lawn and House Ornaments
SIFC members also sell these delightful, wistful ornaments - suitable for lawn or home - at the annual Antiques Show and at the Fairfax Fall Festival. Designed by artist George Carruth, the ornaments are made of durable concrete to hold up to the elements inside and outside your home. (Link)

Caring Coins
At SIRC monthly meetings, members donate loose coins to a fund that supports either a specific club project, or a project adopted by the Soroptimist International of the Americas or its South Atlantic Region.

SIFC Caring Coins have supported the purchase of medical kits for communities in underdeveloped countries.

 
We volunteer our time to help others.
 
SIFC members volunteer their time and effort to help women and girls in Fairfax who are struggling to improve their lives and to improve our community.

Bethany House
This program provides temporary shelter for the victims of domestic violence throughout Fairfax County. Since 2001, Bethany House has received assistance from SIFC members in the form of donated goods, funding, counseling and support.

Allied Health & Nursing Partnership
This organization assists individuals who are seeking training, education, and accreditation in an allied health profession, such as nursing or emergency medical technician. SIFC members assist individuals in registering for courses and applying for financial assistance.

Girl Scout Mentoring
A new project for SIFC, members are working with the Girl Scouts of the National Capitol Area in mentoring young girls through their first steps in managing their personal finances.

 
We recognize personal achievement.
 
SIFC sponsors several awards that recognize individuals who have made a difference in their own lives and or in others.

Women's Opportunity Award
For some women, achieving their professional goals involves great personal sacrifice or overcoming personal challenges, such as drug and/or alcohol abuse, domestic violence, poverty, crime, and more. The person who finds the strength, courage, and resolve to succeed in spite of those challenges deserves recognition, and SIFC provides it through the Women's Opportunity Award. Each year, the award improves the life of a deserving woman by giving her the resources she needs to improve her education, skills, and employment prospects. This award is monetary and is intended to help the winner with her living and/or educational expenses.

If you know of a woman who is a single head of her home and family and is struggling to meet her professional goals, please contact us at 10131@verizon.net.

Making a Difference for Women Award
Women who dedicate their lives to helping the less fortunate achieve their life goals deserve recognition. Each year, SIFC seeks out these special women to recognize their work and accomplishments through the Making a Difference for Women Award. If you know a potential candidate for this award, please contact us at { }. This is a monetary award that the winner donates to her sponsoring organization.

Violet Richardson Award
This award, named for the founder of Soroptimist International, celebrates and recognizes our community's young volunteers who give their time and energy to helping others. Girls aged 13 to 17 who volunteer their free time in support of a worthy cause qualify for the Violet Richardson Award. The winner donates half the award to her sponsoring organization.



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