Washoe Country School District

August 20, 2014

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Volunteer Recognition


Nominate a Volunteer for an Award Today!



VRA Application

VRA Information Flyer





Mission Statement

To encourage school volunteerism and to recognize, honor and appreciate volunteers who have made significant contributions to Washoe County School District students. To honor and recognize the value of all volunteer contributions in Washoe County School District as family and community support for the success of all school children. To involve WCSD employees in providing regular recognition for those volunteers meeting the " Exceptional Volunteer Award" criteria.



The Violet Richardson Award:

Honoring Young Women for Volunteer Action



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, we applaud your efforts to make your community and the world a better place.


Annual Recognition Event



The Volunteer "Thank You" Reception is held at the Reno Elk's Lodge, and is our way of saying "Thank You" for all of the wonderful work you do! The Volunteer Services Administrator, Lisa-Marie Lightfoot, Staff and AmeriCorps VISTA’s premier this event as the major highlight of the year. Every year over 500 attendees share a fantastic celebration of their service to the Washoe County School District. There are door prizes, entertainment, and refreshments provided by our many partners and sponsors. Thanks to them we are able to make this event possible. We want to thank our Volunteers for your dedication and service! Our district and community would never be what it is without you!

Directions to the Reno Elk's Lodge


A Special Thank you to:


 Our Partners and Sponsors who have assisted WCSD Volunteer Services

to make the Volunteer Recognition Event possible every year!

Please review their websites and consider giving them your business.