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Truckee Soroptimist: Women helping women

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Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is offering their annual Violet Richardson Award to honor young women for efforts to make our community and world a better place through volunteer work such as fighting drugs, crime and violence, cleaning up the environment, or working to end discrimination and poverty.

Do you know or are you a young Truckee woman between the ages of 14 and#8211; 17 who volunteers in the community or school? Who sees challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you are a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to win a Violet Richardson Award.

The winner will receive a $250 award along with a matching $250 contribution made in honor of the winner to her volunteer organization. The winner will also then be considered for a Sierra Nevada Regional award.

In a time where aesthetic and celebrity influence the young women of today, the Violet Richardson Award is an important recognition to those girls who selflessly dedicate their time with the express goal of helping their community. Violet Richardson was a physical education teacher was the president of the first Soroptimist Club in 1921; she lived her life as an active volunteer in her community and as a pioneer in the health and physical education field, and was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women.

Applications at Truckee High or Sierra High Schools, or by sending an e-mail to sitruckee.donner@soroptimist.net. Deadline is Dec. 15, 2009. Call 587-5303 for information.

Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is offering their annual Womenand#8217;s Opportunity Award of $1,700. Applicants must be a woman with primary financial responsibility for supporting her family (including children, spouse, siblings and/or parents), attend or have been accepted to a vocational/skills training program, or an undergraduate degree program, have financial need and be motivated to achieve their goals.

With the help of a Womenand#8217;s Opportunity Award, thousands of women have left lives of poverty, domestic violence and substance abuse. These women demonstrate their courage and determination. This award is to financially assist women who seek to improve their employment status by gaining additional education and skills. The women may use this cash award to offset any costs associated with their efforts to attain higher education, including books, childcare and transportation.

The winner will also be eligible to compete for either the $3,000 or $5,000 Sierra Nevada Regional Award, with the $5,000 recipient then being considered for the $10,000 Federation Award.

Request an application at sitruckee.donner@soroptimist.net or call Lisa Swartz at 587-5303.

Each year, Soroptimist clubs throughout the world assist women in overcoming personal difficulties and bettering their lives through education and skill training. Charted in 1971, Soroptimist International of Truckee-Donner is part of the Soroptimist International of the Americas. Members include over 100,000 women in 119 countries and territories to contribute time and financial support to community based projects benefiting women and girls.