2015 Live Your Dream Award Recipient Amanda Hairston

2015 Live Your Dream Award Recipient Amanda Hairston

Soroptimist International of Placerville, a global organization that works to improve the lives of women and girls through programs leading to social and economic empowerment, presented a $2,500 Soroptimist Live Your Dream: Education and Training Awards for Women (formerly the Soroptimist Women’s Opportunity Awards) to help a local woman improve her economic situation.

Recipient Amanda Hairston, will use the cash award to complete her Associates Degree of Applied Science at Folsom Lake College, then apply to the Medical Laboratory Technician program. Once she completes her studies, Hairston, a domestic abuse survivor, plans to become a Certified Laboratory Scientist and obtain a career in medical research.  “I would like to research a cure for Diabetes, as my brother had Type 1 Diabetes.”

The Live Your Dream Award provides women who serve as the primary wage earners for their families with the financial resources to offset costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

The Placerville Soroptimists chose Hairston because of her optimistic attitude, her 3.8 grade-point-average in college and the excellent recommendations she received. Hairston has been raising a three year old boy on the money she earns working in the records office at the college and with the help of her mother.

Hairston will now advance to the Soroptimist Sierra Nevada Region level, where recipients can receive up to an additional $5,000. The program culminates with three finalist $10,000 awards.

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. A study conducted by The Fels Institute of Government, a research and consulting organization based at the University of Pennsylvania, confirmed the efficacy and impact of this program. It improves the recipients’ quality of life; builds their confidence; strengthens their self-determination and makes them want to, in turn, help others. Helping women in this way has the demonstrated effect of leading to stronger communities, nations and the world.

Founded in 1939, the Placerville club joins with almost 80,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories to 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. For more information about how Soroptimist improves the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org or www.siplacerville.org.  For more information about how Soroptimist International of Placerville improves the lives of women and girls, contact club president Sharon Warner at (530) 344-1476.