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Community & Clubs: A reason to be (Sor)optimistic

November 19, 2013|By Jim de Boom

The Women's Opportunity Awards program assists women by giving them the resources they need to improve their education and employment prospects, according to Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area president Carolyn Turner. Women who are the primary wage-earners for their families, who are enrolled in education or training, should apply for a $1,000 cash award to be used for any education-related expense, including childcare and transportation. The Newport Harbor club honoree is eligible for additional awards at other levels of the Soroptimist organization. Since 1972, Soroptimist has disbursed about $25 million and helped more than 30,000 women through the Women's Opportunity Awards program. Applications may be completed online or by mail and must be returned by Dec. 15.

For applications and information, contact Turner at soropti-carolyn@socal.rr.com or Joan Weeks at gdubw@aol.com.

The Soroptimist Violet Richardson Award is a recognition program offering a $1,000 cash award for young women ages 14 to 17 engaged in volunteer action within their communities or schools. The program is named after Violet Richardson Ward, the first president of the first Soroptimist club in 1921, who was committed to creating opportunities for girls and young women. Applications may be completed online or by mail and must be returned by Dec. 1. For applications and information, contact Dalia Badajos Lugo at daliabms@benefitmanagementspecialists.com.

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Founded in 1955, Soroptimist International of Newport Harbor Area is part of Soroptimist International of the Americas, a volunteer organization for women who work to improve the lives of women and girls, in local communities and throughout the world. To learn more about what the group does, visit http://www.soroptimistinternational.org and http://www.soroptimist.org.

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Busy time for the interfaith community

The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council will hold its annual Hearts & Hands day on Saturday between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 801 Dover Drive, Newport Beach, according to event chair Jaimie Day.

In 2012, over 30 congregations and community groups with 600 youth and adults participated in Hearts & Hands, and Day expects more this year to work on 20-plus hands-on service projects that will benefit the needy, locally as well as internationally.

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