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Gorge Soroptimists offer cash grants, extended deadlines

Women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families and seek financial assistance to continue their education or receive training can now apply for the Soroptimist Live Your Dream Awards (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards).

Applications are available at the Hood River County Library or by contacting Kate Dougherty at 541-490-4296 or kated@gorge.net. Applications may also be downloaded from the Soroptimist Hood River website at SoroptimistHoodRiver.com. Deadline is December 15, 2014.

The Soroptimist club of Hood River will provide three $1,500 cash grants to award recipients. One of the recipients will be advanced to the Soroptimist Northwest Region level, andcould receive up to an additional $5,000.

Recipients can use the Live Your Dream Award to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. This includes tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Live Your Dream Award provides more than $1.6 million in cash grants to head-of-household women in need each year. Since the program’s inception in 1972, approximately $30 million has helped tens of thousands of women achieve their dreams of a better life for themselves and their families.

These awards help improve the recipients’ quality of life, builds their confidence, strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others.

The Hood River club is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment. Almost 80,000 Soroptimists in 120 countries and territories contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women and girls. Soroptimist, a 501(c)(3) organization that relies on charitable donations to support its programs, also powers LiveYourDream.org—an online community offering offline volunteer opportunities in support of women and girls.



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