for making the 2019

Donations for the DVPI

We collect donations for the shelters operated by Domestic Violence Project, Inc.  Click button at right to view a list of what we collect each month.  YOU can participate in this effort!  Bring donations to meetings held the first Tuesday of each month at Buehler's in Jackson Township, or contact us to arrange for a pickup/dropoff of your contributions.





We meet the First Tuesday of each month at La Pizzaria, 3656 Dressler Rd NW, Canton, OH 44718.  Order your dinner at 5:30pm, Business meeting begins at 6:00pm - we welcome you to attend at any time!  Email for more information!

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Soroptimist's Awards Program embodies the true essence of what it means to encourage the best for women.  The Canton/Stark County club presents both merit-based and need-based educational awards, as well as honorary awards recognizing the work of professional women in our community.  For a complete listing of awards and eligibility, visit our Awards page.

Live Your Dream is one of Soroptimist's signature programs. Every year, Soroptimist International of the Americas collectively distributes more than $2 million in education grants to about 1,500 women all over the world.

Over half of our Live Your Dream Awards recipients are survivors of domestic violence, trafficking or sexual assault. Nearly all of the women and families we serve have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, teen pregnancy, and drug or alcohol addiction. Live Your Dream Awards recipients may use the cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, such as books, childcare, tuition and transportation. 

Awards Programs - Apply Today!

2019 Woman of Distinction
2019 "Ruby Award" Winner
2016 award winners


Congratulations also to our "Woman of Distinction" award winner, Sherie Brown. Brown has been director of the Massillon Public Library since August 2011. Prior to that, she served for 25 years as Head of Reference Services at the same institution. Brown has her BA in English Literature with a minor in Psychology from the University of Cincinnati and attended the School of Library and Information Science at Kent State University. Brown’s hobbies include playing the piano, singing in VOCI, reading, and leading a book club. She plays the calliope for the Massillon Football Booster Club at games and parades, and is Immediate Past President of the Rotary Club of Massillon, where she also has served on the Rotary Club and Rotary Foundation boards.


The "Woman of Distinction Award" is given to a woman who demonstrates personal and professional dedication to improving the lives of women in Stark County and beyond.


Congratulations to our "Ruby Award for Women Helping Women" winner, Ke'Aunte Tynette, for her amazing work in founding the BeYoutiful Weirdo LLC, a mentoring program located in Massillon, Ohio. Tynette was born and raised in Massillon, Ohio. In 2006, she attended Wright State University in Dayton to obtain her degree in Early Childhood Education. After moving back to Massillon, she became the lead teacher at the Massillon YMCA preschool. Founded by Tynette in 2015, BeYoutiful Weirdo serves over 100 girls in the community, working within the schools to reach out to girls to help build confidence, reach goals, and develop leadership skills. Along with helping girls, Ke'Aunte Tynette published "A Positive Life is A Happy Life" daily motivational journal.


The Soroptimist Ruby Award honors women who, through their professional or personal efforts, are making extraordinary differences in the lives of women and girls. Honorees are women who have worked to improve the lives of other women or girls. Their work has had a significant impact, and also inspires and encourages other women.


PO Box 2336
North Canton, OH  44720




  • Tues, Nov 5 - Business Meeting @ La Pizzaria
  • Wed, Nov 13 - Captain's Table
  • Wed, Feb 12 - Captain's Table











Sat, October 19 – Walk for Freedom anti-trafficking event @ Walsh University – 9:00am

Sun, October 20 – Making Strides of Canton @ Malone University – 9:00am check-in, 10:00am walk

Wed, October 23 – Take Back the Night @ Cultural Center for the Arts, Canton – 5:30-8:30pm

Sun, October 28 – Bubbles for Boobies – Barrel Room, North Canton -  5:30pm





  • Working with Domestic Violence Project Inc. of Canton to collect items of need, make shelter improvements, lead empowerment workshops, and facilitate the Furnishing a Fresh Start program.

  • Completed 3rd annual Dream It, Dare It, Be It summer camp to empower young women.

  • Collaborating with partners like Girls on the Run and P.A.T.H.S.

  • Maintaining an active Awards program for women in our community.


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