Soroptimist Women's Emergency Fund now helping county-wide

Soroptimist International of Friday Harbor has expanded its Women’s Emergency Fund  to include the entire San Juan County. This change broadens the organization's actions in the Soroptimist mission of improving the lives of women and girls.

The Women’s Emergency Fund provides emergency assistance to any woman whose other options for assistance have been exhausted. The assistance can solve a one-time problem or provide a one-time solution to a chronic problem. The program often provides for slightly unusual situations that can’t easily be covered by other programs.

It was recently reported that over 40% of U.S. households could not come up $400 in cash in case of an emergency or unexpected expense. Too often such events can tip a household into crisis. The Women’s Emergency seeks to prevent that from happening when there is nowhere else to turn.

To access the fund, a woman must be referred to the SIFRI Board of Directors by a social service agency, a church, or a service club. In practice, most referrals come via the family/community resource centers. The referring body verifies the bona fides of the assistance request, the cost of the remedy, and that other sources of assistance are exhausted. If the request is approved, SIFRI directly pays the vendor for the approved services or goods.

More detailed information about the program can be found on the Soroptimist's website under projects. Soroptimist International of Friday welcomes donations specifically earmarked for the Women’s Emergency Fund. General inquiries or questions about the program may be sent to


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