Soroptimist International of Placerville is seeking applicants for its recognition program targeted to young women who make the community and world a better place.
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The Violet Richardson Award honors young women, between the ages of 14 and 17, for volunteer action such as fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty.
“As a volunteer service organization for women, Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women’s volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital, active members of the community,” said Sharon Warner, president of the Placerville club.
The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, Soroptimist International of Placerville presents a $500 award to winners.
Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 28 $1,000 awards. At this level, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of the winners to their volunteer organizations.
One finalist will be chosen from among the 28 winners for an additional award, including a contribution of $2,500 to the finalist’s volunteer organization.
Applications for the award program are available by contacting Tanya Moran at 530-919-4612 or 530-344-1476; going to the Website at siplacerville.org; or by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applications must be returned to Soroptimist International of Placerville by Dec. 15.
The award program is named after Violet Richardson, the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts.” She lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action.
Founded in 1939, Soroptimist International of Placerville is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas. Its mission is to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. Placerville members join with almost 95,000 Soroptimists in about 120 countries and territories worldwide to contribute time and financial support to community-based projects benefiting women.
For more information about how Soroptimist International of Placerville improves the lives of women and girls call Sharon Warner at 530-344-1476.