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Soroptimists honor Davis girl for volunteer service

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Grace Richey. Courtesy photo

Davis High School junior Grace Richey was honored by Soroptimist International of Davis on Wednesday with its Violet Richardson Award. The grant recognizes girls for their volunteer service.

Richey, 17, is the daughter of Sally Ozonoff and Tom Richey of Davis. She helped create a welcoming space for children to play while families access services at the Center for Families new D Street House, next to Davis Community Church. The project is part of her Girl Scout Gold Award. A portion of the $1,000 Soroptimist grant helped pay for furnishings, toys, books, paint and decorations for the room.

“With the assistance of a grant from the Violet Richardson Award, I intend to further create a safe and friendly environment for children to play and learn in while their family seeks appropriate counseling,” Richey wrote in her application. “Most of all, I hope to see children, whose families are in stressful circumstances, enjoying themselves while participating in games, play, reading and art activities in this special room.”

Richey’s application was forwarded to the Sierra Nevada Region of Soroptimist International, to compete against other club winners in Northern California and Nevada.

The Violet Richardson Award is named after Soroptimist International’s first president, whose motto was, “It is what you do that counts.” It recognizes young women who volunteer in their community or school. The grant honors a specific project that demonstrates the kind of work Soroptimists hold dear. Applicants must be between the ages of 14 and 17 on Dec. 1, when the application is due each year.

SI Davis meets at 11:45 a.m. on Wednesdays at Odd Fellows Hall. The international organization supports programs that improve the lives of women and children. For more information about SI Davis or the Violet Richardson Award, visit sidavis.org, or contact award chairwoman Wendy Weitzel at [email protected]

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