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Newberg-based club works to improve women's lives through increasing access to education

The Chehalem Valley Soroptimist Club presented a $1,500 grant to a Newberg woman in May to help her continue her education.

The Live Your Dream: Education and Training Award for Women went to Patricia Danielson on May 19.

The Live Your Dream Award is specifically designed to help women who are the primary wage earners for their families gain access to financial resources that offset the costs of pursuing higher education or additional skills and training. The award can be used for tuition, books, childcare, carfare or any other education-related expense.

Danielson, 50, is the mother of three and a survivor of domestic abuse, according to the release.

When Danielson ended the abusive relationship, she was forced to leave her home and most of her possessions behind. Having never received her court ordered child support, Danielson "has supported herself and children through hard work and the support of friends and community," the release said.

The Soropitmist club chose Danielson because of her optimistic and overcoming attitude as well as the recommendations she received. Danielson plans to use the grant money toward realizing her dream of becoming an educator.

After receiving the award at the local level, recipients can advance to the Northwest Region level and receive up to $10,000. The Live Your Dream Award was created in 1972 and has awarded more than $30 million to tens of thousands of women since then.

For more information about the local club, visit www.sicv.org. To learn how Soroptimist works to improve the lives of women and girls, visit www.soroptimist.org.

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