Local philanthropic young women between 14 and 17 years old are encouraged to apply for a Soroptimist International award program, the Madera volunteer organization for business and professional women announced this week.
The Violet Richardson Award, named for the president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921, honors young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer action such as drug prevention, community improvement, prevention of crime and violence, cleaning up the environment, and working to end discrimination and poverty.
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 Richardson and her dedication to volunteer action.
The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level with a cash donation to the recipient’s project. Club-level winners then become eligible for one of 28 regional awards and then one finalist will be chosen from among those 28 winners for an additional award...