There’s still time to apply for the Violet Richardson Award

If you are or know someone who does some volunteer work in the community, and is between the ages of 14 to 17 years old, I would really encourage that person to apply for the Violet Richardson Award. I’ve sent out the applications via mail to the local schools and have only had a few inquiries so far. The deadline for the applications is December 1, 2007. I belong to a local community service club called The Soroptimists International of Vancouver and we regularly give out scholarships and bursaries to students. Although the deadline in the next couple of weeks, there’s still time to fill out the application and get it in to me.

Here are more details about this award:
The Violet Richardson Award is a program conducted by the Soroptimist International of the Americas Federation. As a volunteer service organization Soroptimist believes that by acknowledging young women’s volunteer involvement now, they will grow up to be vital active members of the community. 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.

The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where the type of award varies from a certificate and recognition at a club meeting or special event to a monetary gift to the young woman and/or her charity. Club level winners then become eligible to compete at the district level and the six district level winners are honored at the annual Founder Region Conference where the Region winner is announced. The Region winner is then one of 28 Soroptimist International of the Americas finalists, one of whom will receive a $2500 contribution to her volunteer organization.

If you are interested in getting an application, please send me a message at carol dot browne at gmail dot com and I can email you an application. I’ll also give you my contact information so you can either snail mail in the completed form, fax it to me or email it over.

I’ve attended two award ceremonies since joining the Soroptimists and volunteered to be the photographer (of course!) at both awards. I have some photos here if you’re interested…

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