L’Oréal Paris: Women of Worth
The Women of Worth program honors women who go above and beyond, selflessly volunteering their time to empower others. Grants are awarded to further the selected Women of Worth and their causes. Awardees will be judged by the following criteria:
Community needs, innovative solutions, and impact (70%):
- This refers to a nominee’s ability to meet a previously unmet community need or concern. Examples of community needs are providing food, shelter, or access to health care; providing arts programming or activities; strengthening educational programs; or providing enrichment activities that benefit children.
- Innovation refers to the extent to which a nominee’s activities reflect an innovative or interesting approach to meeting community needs, as well as to the nominee’s employment of unique solutions to problems.
- Impact is defined as an activity’s positive effect on the community’s social fabric and/or on individuals’ or families’ well-being. Impact can be measured by evaluating the programs or activities that a nominee has implemented to determine whether the number of people those programs serve has exponentially increased since the nominee began her work.
Extraordinary passion (30%):
- This refers to the success of a nominee’s work in epitomizing the statement “Because You’re Worth It” and exemplifying the spirit of the Women of Worth program (honoring exceptional women who make a difference through their volunteer work). Judges will look at how nominee’s story and/or work inspire others to discover their power to make a difference.
Selected women will also become an integral part of the Women of Worth Community, which provides honorees with a national platform to share information about cherished causes and help spread the spirit of volunteerism across the country.
Amount: Ten awards of $10,000 will be made on behalf of each honoree to a charitable organization of her choice, and an all-expense paid trip to New York City ($2,000 maximum of travel and hotel accommodation) to be recognized at an awards event. Additionally, one woman will be recognized as the national honoree and awarded an additional $25,000 for her cause.
Eligibility: Women must:
- Be 16 years or older
- Be legal residents of the 50 United States of America and the District of Columbia
- Have a record of exemplary service within her community and the community at large
- Be able to demonstrate the impact of her work within her community
- Be aspirational and inspiration to others
- Demonstrate commitment to her cause
- Have exemplary leadership
Note: Volunteer activities of the nominee may be paid if the organization is nonprofit in nature but cannot include court-ordered community service. Nominees who receive a nominal stipend for their service (such as in connection with a national service program such as AmeriCorps and Peace Corps) may also be eligible. The volunteer activity should have lasted for at least six uninterrupted months and should be ongoing.
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