Local teenage girls who are making a difference in the community by volunteering may now apply for the Violet Richardson Award program to be recognized and get cash to fund their local projects.
Sponsored by Soroptimist International of Madera, a volunteer organization for business and professional women, the award is named after the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921. According to a statement from the club, Richardson believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts,” lived her life accordingly, and was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women as an active member in her community.
Soroptimist established this award to honor the memory of this unique woman and her dedication to volunteer action, said Julie Herd, member of Soroptimist International of Madera.
The Violet Richardson Award honors girls between the ages of 14 through 17 for volunteer action such as drug prevention, community improvement, prevention of crime and violence, cleaning up the environment and working to end discrimination and poverty...