Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin is now accepting applications for community awards for teachers, girls, women and volunteer readers. The Violet Richardson Award recognizes young women who make the community and the world a better place, particularly for women and girls, through volunteer efforts. This might include fighting drugs, crime and violence; cleaning up the environment; or working to end discrimination and poverty. Girls must be between the ages of 14 and 17 on December 15, 2011 and reside in the Loomis Basin. This winner receives a cash award and an additional cash award for the non-profit of her choice. Applications are also available from high school counselors. Women’s Opportunity Award aids mature women who must enter the job market or return to careers in order to support themselves and their families. This award aids women who need additional skills, training and education to upgrade their employability. Candidates should be heads of households, completing undergraduate programs or entering vocational or technical training programs, who reside in the Loomis Basin. Teacher Grants help fund teachers’ long-term projects that will benefit numerous classes over time. Previous recipients have used the funds for books, music, science project equipment, historic costumes and other similar projects that benefit the students and community. The grant request can be from any area of study. Sanford J. Weinberg Volunteer Reader Award recognizes a volunteer in the Loomis schools who offers help to elementary school classrooms by reading stories to children and improving literacy. Applications are due by Dec.15, and are available by calling Lori White at 259-1679. To learn more about Soroptimist International of Loomis Basin, visit a Wednesday 8 a.m. weekly meeting at the Loomis Train Depot, or call Nancy Hogan, at 530-613-1541.