GIVE Award

Girls Into Volunteer Experiences

GIVE Award (formerly our Violet Richardson Award)

G.I.V.E. is an award program offered through Soroptimist International of South Lake Tahoe and Soroptimist International of Tahoe Sierra. Soroptimist is an organization of women whose members volunteer in their communities. This award recognizes young women in grades 8 through 12 who volunteer in their school or community. 

The award was previously named after Violet Richardson, the President of the first Soroptimist club in Alameda County in 1921. She believed in personal responsibility and the motto, “It’s what you do that counts.” Violet Richardson lived her life accordingly, as an active member in her community who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women.

If you believe in the power of volunteer action, then you may be eligible to win the G.I.V.E. award of $250 to you and $250 to the organization of your choice.

If you think you’d make a good G.I.V.E. award candidate, please complete the application and tell us about your volunteer action.

You can apply to our club in two ways either as an online application or as a hard copy. The online application should be forwarded to the Awards Chair at [email protected].  We will be happy to answer questions you may have.

If you or someone you know qualifies for this award, apply!


Copies of the application can be printed from the website by clicking “Apply for 2024!”

Application deadline: February 16, 2024.

Click here to see Allyson’s story.

Send your application to:

Soroptimist Int. of Tahoe Sierra

Attn: Nancy Muller

PO Box 18727

South Lake Tahoe, CA 96151

Congratulations to our previous recipients!

2011-2012– Alejandra Medina and Alyson Marchus

2012-2013 – Katherine Albrecht

2013-2014 – Margaret Carlson, Stephanie Thomaselli, and Carli Valney

2014-2015– Emily Aminian, Tori Jimenez, and Kelsey Kjer

2015-2016 – Katherine Krolicki, Sarah Novak, Joemae Santos, Kylee Lyons, Haylee Chamarro, Emma Sower

2016-2017 – Abby Abel, Allyson Swain, Hunter Turney, Annie Buchser, Sabrina Green,Tatum Whatford.

2017-2018  – Tatum Bunnett, Kayleen Conard, Madison Evans, Destiny Hursh, Elizabeth Krolicki.

2018-2019 – Catherine Yonhka

2019-2020 – Biana Blue, Clarice Ferguson, and Kyla Schrauben

2020-2021 – Esty Zanetti,  Maiella Riva, Alexi Haven, and Tovah Jordan

2021-2022 – Phoebe Bitzer, Giulia Lancellotti, Erin Yamaoka

2022-2023 – Sydney Birkholm, Alana Hernandez, Sophia Maroquin

2023-2024 – Emily Banks, Sydney Irwin, Milan Riva