Volunteer Recognition for our Outstanding Volunteers

  • Nominate a Volunteer for an Award Today!  Need help nominating candidate, contact Lisa-Marie Lightfoot, 775-348-0388, llightfoot@washoeschools.net

    Student Awards

    -VRA Application

    -VRA Information Flyer



    About the Violet Richardson Award:

    Honoring Young Women for Volunteer Action


     Three Young Women Volunteers

    Do you know a young woman between the ages of 14 and 17 who exhibits leadership qualities as a volunteer in your community or school? Who sees challenges instead of obstacles? Hope instead of despair? If you know a young woman who believes in the power of volunteer action, then she may be eligible for a Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award. Winners are eligible to receive cash awards for themselves and the charitable organization of their choice.

    The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make the community and world a better place through volunteer efforts such as: fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; and working to end discrimination and poverty. Volunteer actions that benefit women or girls are of particular interest.

    Soroptimist is an organization of women whose members volunteer in their communities, often working on the same problems that you do. Although we realize that volunteering is its own reward, we also know it feels good to be recognized for your actions. And that’s why we sponsor this award.

    The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award Program

    The Violet Richardson Award program begins at the local Soroptimist club level, where the type of award varies. Club level winners then become eligible for one of 28 $1,000 awards. In addition, $1,000 will be contributed in honor of these winners to their volunteer organizations. One finalist will be chosen from among the 28 winners for an additional award, including a contribution of $2,500 to the finalist’s volunteer organization.

    If you think you would make a good Violet Richardson Award candidate, please complete this VRA Application and tell us about your volunteer action. Please send it to the local Soroptimist Club listed on the application.

    For more Information about the VRA Program, here is an informational VRA Flyer that gives more details.

    Good luck to you! And, even if you don’t win a Violet Richardson Award, Soroptimist applaud your efforts to make your community and the world a better place.