LOCAL PROJECTS
Keeping Active & Engaged In The Community

Our local club is always looking for needs within the City of Kawartha Lakes that aligns with our mission to help women and girls. We will often have special speakers join our monthly club meetings to determine if we are in a position to assist, and if it meets our mandate. As a charitable organization, and as women, our hearts tend to look at those less fortunate, and we want to reach out and make a difference in other people’s lives.

The programs that we participate in, involve our time and resources. The communities and individuals in our area have rallied in support of our good work, and donate financially to our cause, through our fundraising efforts. With their support, we are able to reach out to a larger audience and in turn, are able to extend our programs and services to reach many people.

Listed here are some of the accomplishments that the members of Soroptimist International of Kawartha Lakes have achieved since chartering in September 2011.

Christmas BagsChristmas Bags for single, isolated women and high school girls who might not otherwise receive something at this special time of year.

Welcome KitsMembers assembling Welcome Kits for residents of ‘A Place Called Home’;
and hygiene kits for Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre.

Baking for APCHMembers baking for residents of ‘A Place Called Home’.

SIKL SUPPORTS OUR COMMUNITY:

Women’s Resources (WR): (shelter for abused women and their children)
• Gave financial support for Amy’s Second Step Housing (2019)
• Participated in Annual Tag Days (2011-2018)
• Donated toiletry items for WR clients
• Collected and donated towels and bed linens for shelter
• Picked up and delivered donated items from Costco (2014)

A Place Called Home: (homeless shelter)
• Prepared and delivered dinners for residents; baked cookies and squares for residents (2016-2019)
• Cleaned, painted and organized space, donated shelving unit
• Donated new pillows in partnership with Target
• Collected and donated towels and bed linen
• Assembled and donated welcome kits
• Picked up and delivered donated items from Costco (2014)

Kawartha Lakes Food Source:
• Participated in Holiday and Spring Food Drives (2011-2018)
• Picked up and delivered donated items from Costco (2014)

Christmas Comforts:
• Provided grocery cards and collected clothing, toys, household items and other gifts for struggling families (2012-2017) as well as for local aboriginal families (2014)
• Assembled and donated Christmas Baskets for single, isolated women (2013-2019) distributed through Women’s Resources, the Kawartha Lakes Food Source and other agencies.
• Provided gift bags for female high school students who were living apart from their families (2013-2019)

Other community activities:
• Donated blankets for victims to Kawartha-Haliburton Victim Services
• Assembled and donated hygiene kits for Kawartha Sexual Assault Centre and K-H Victim Services
• Donated funds to Kawartha Lakes Food Source and Lindsay Salvation Army Food Bank to purchase feminine hygiene products and diapers (2020)
• Donated feminine hygiene products to I.E. Weldon Secondary School for their Locker Project (2020)
• Cleaned and painted space at the Kawartha Lakes Pregnancy Centre, donated car seat (2013); donated baby items from Summer 2013 Members’ Event (Royal Baby Shower)
• Sponsored Just For Girls, Little Britain (2014) by helping develop their logo and supplying T-shirts; supported their community efforts at Santa Day Parade and Breakfast with Santa, Spaghetti Dinner, car show, Valentine’s Day, seed donation for community garden project; Facilitated chocolate making workshop
• Gave grocery cards and collected clothing, toys, household items and other gifts for families as identified by local organizations and our members, as well as local aboriginal families
• Donated toiletries to I.E. Weldon Secondary School for students in need (2015-17), Fenelon Falls S.S. (2018), Lindsay Collegiate (2019), to Kawartha Mission and to northern communities through the Cameron Community Church (2014)
• Sponsored lunches for children participating in Carden Nature Festival Kids Safari (2013)

“We are always looking to identify where our efforts
will contribute to bettering lives.”

SIKL Member

“The donations were wonderful . . .
Thanks for all you do for us.” 

Community Organization Member