Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin is accepting applications for community awards; mos are due December 1, 2012.
Violet Richardson Award — This award recognizes young women who make the community and the world a better place, particularly for women and girls, through volunteer efforts. This might include fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; or working to end discrimination and poverty. Girls must be between the ages of 14 and 17 on December 1, 2012 and reside in the Loomis Basin. This winner receives a cash award and an additional cash award for the non-profit of her choice. Applications, which are also available from high school counselors, are due by December 1, 2012.
Women’s Opportunity Award — This award aids mature women who must enter the job market or return to careers in order to support themselves and their families. This award aids women who need additional skills, training and education to upgrade their employability. Candidates should be heads of households, completing undergraduate programs or entering vocational or technical training programs, who reside in the Loomis Basin. Applications are due by December 15, 2012.
Teacher Grants — These small grants help fund teachers’ long-term projects that will benefit numerous classes over time. Previous recipients have used the funds for books, music, science project equipment, historic costumes and other similar projects that benefit the students and community. The grant request can be from any area of study. Applications are due by December 1, 2012.
Sanford J. Weinberg Volunteer Reader Award — This award recognizes a volunteer in Loomis who offers help to elementary school classrooms through reading stories to children and improving literacy. Applications are due by December 1, 2012.