Soroptimist seeks candidates for community service award
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and South Lake Tahoe are offering the Violet Richardson Award that recognizes and honors young women who make the community and world a better place. The clubs are asking the assistance of the community in identifying young women between the ages of 14 to 17 who are actively involved in volunteer action within their communities or schools.
Volunteer projects can include, but are not limited to, projects that address social problems such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment, and working to end homelessness, unemployment, illiteracy, discrimination, AIDS, and pollution.
Examples of volunteer work could be mentoring students, volunteering at local hospitals, senior centers, etc., babysitting for service clubs or parent/teacher groups, volunteering for local events such as the Special Olympics, or generally helping others by running errands for the needy.
The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist Club level. Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra and South Lake Tahoe present a $600 cash award to the winner. Club-level winners then become eligible for a region-level cash prize of $1,000 to the honoree and an additional $1,000 given in her honor to the organization where she is most active as a volunteer. One finalist will be chosen from among the regional winners for additional awards, include $2,500 given in her honor to the organization where she is most active as a volunteer.
Evelyn Yonker, president of Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra, said, “As a volunteer service organization for business and professional women, Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging our women’s volunteer involvement today, they will grow up to be vital, active members of the community.”
Jan Carr, president of Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe, echoed Yonker’s thoughts. “To acknowledge the young women in our society who spend their time in service is, in my opinion, one of the most significant awards that we give.”
If you are a young woman or know of someone that fits these criteria, we encourage you to obtain an application for this prestigious award. Applications for the award program are available at South Tahoe High School, Whittell High School, public libraries and Boys and Girls Club. For applications or information call Diane Imbach at (775) 586-1666.
The deadline to return applications is December 15.
Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra provides funds for this award through their annual spring fund-raiser, Elegant Evening. Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe provide funds for this award through their annual fall fund-raiser, An Evening of Food and Wine Tasting.