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POSTED September 8, 2017 1:17 a.m.

If you are looking for a way to give back to the community, you can’t go wrong with the Manteca Soroptimists.
They are staging a meet and greet event at Delicato Vineyard’s Tuscany Room that’s open to anyone interested in joining them. But before then they will be doing what they do best — helping build a better community
The service club on Tuesday, Sept. 12, is presenting its annual check supporting the teen crisis program serving Manteca Unified students during the 7 p.m. school board meeting. The Soroptimists helped launch the school support service 29 years ago and continue to support it as their marquee project. So far, they have donated just under $350,000 to the effort.
It was 29 years ago that a cluster of teen suicides rocked the community. Four promising lives ended in a suicide pact.
The Soroptimists — a collection of business and professional women brought together by the drive to serve the community — stepped up. They made a significant donation to help Manteca Unified secure on-campus counselors from Valley Community Counseling Services.
School officials have credited the teen crisis counselors for substantially reducing the potential for young people to make decisions that could result in negative consequences to their academic performance, future career paths, their health and lives. It also is responsible for a number of “saves” over the years of teens that have been successful brought back from the proverbial ledge.
Helping support the teen counseling services in the schools is just a part of what the service club does.
They provide well over $10,000 in scholarships annually — including seven $1,000 scholarships that go to each of the district’s five comprehensive high schools and two alternative schools. Support of the teen counseling is No. 2 on their list after scholarships followed by supporting the Boys & Girls Club and then other community endeavors such as the HOPE Family Shelters.
And the help they lend goes beyond money. At least nine times a year club members participate in hands-on projects helping those at the shelters. They also man phones to help raise additional funds during the Boys & Girls Club telethon to provide a safe alternative to almost 1,800 youth.
The Saturday, Sept. 23, meet and greet is from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Delicato Winery at Highway 99 and French Camp Road just north of Manteca.
It is open to anyone interested in joining with the Manteca Soroptimist in making an impact on the community.  Manteca Soroptimists has a 64-year history of serving Manteca, and are welcoming new members.  There is no charge for the event. For further information contact Leslie Trueb at 209-470-3585 or Carol Nunes at 209-608-2003.
Then on Saturday, Sept. 30, Soroptimist International of Manteca is holding their second annual “Dream It Be It” program at the Manteca Boys and Girls Club.   The one-day program is designed to motivate and empower young women to achieve their dreams.  Participations must be currently in grades seven and above.   Swag bags and lunch for participates is provided.  There is no fee but space is limited.  
To reserve a slot or to get further information call Barbara Brocchini at 209-679-1382 or Alana Turner at 209-275-3812.

Where do homeless
get used furniture?
The couch standing up on its end at Wilson Park behind the Post Office as well as the mattresses left about town and even the bed frames that some push around the streets begs a question — exactly where are the homeless getting the stuff?
Are furniture stores by chance reducing their city refuse collection fees by putting trade ins by trash bins in the hopes they will be pilfered? If that’s the case, maybe tighter city rules about disposing mattresses is in order.
To contact Dennis Wyatt, email dwyatt@mantecabulletin.com.


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