Dealing with the pressure of growing up, going to school, devoting many hours to homework and often working part-time jobs: despite these demands, young women in El Centro are setting time aside for volunteering, to make a difference in their community.
Three such volunteers are Monica Romero, a senior at Central Union High School, and Marissa N. Pipkin and Julita N. Armstrong, both seniors at Southwest High School. The three have won the Soroptimists' Violet Richardson Award of $500 $300 and $200 respectively.
The Violet Richardson Award is a recognition program for young women ages 14-17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools and is given to young women whose volunteer activities make the community and world a better place.
The award is in honor of the president of the first Soroptimist club, Violet Richardson.