L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honorees Announced

L'Oréal Paris recently announced the 2009 Women of Worth Honorees. The Women of Worth Awards program honors women who have made an extraordinary difference in their community through their volunteer efforts.

L'Oréal Paris will make a $5,000 donation to each 2009 Women Of Worth Honoree's most cherished charitable cause, as well as an additional $5,000 donation in the name of each winner to support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.

Additionally, one Woman Of Worth Honoree and her cause will be selected by the public via online voting and will be recognized as the National Woman Of Worth Honoree. Her charity will receive a donation of $25,000 from L'Oréal Paris in her name.

The online judging will be open from November 9, 2009 until November 24, 2009. Public voting will take place on the Women Of Worth Web site during these dates. The 2009 Women Of Worth Honorees will be reognized at the CNN Inspire Summit on December 8, 2009 in New York City, and the winner of the online contest will be announced at this event.

The 2009 Women Of Worth Honorees are exemplars of service, and Points of Light Institute congratulates the 10 honorees for their efforts. Learn about the women and the amazing organizations they established below, and visit www.womenofworth.com to see their photos and learn more.

Brittany Bergquist of Norwell, MA
Cell Phones for Soldiers collects used cell phones and uses the money made from recycling to send prepaid phone cards to U.S. troops serving all over the world.

Lillian Collins of Clinton, OK
Eastside Academy is an after-school program for minority children needing help in reading and math that also offers positive alternative activities and a safe haven for many.

Anne Ginther of Sammamish, WA
RandomKid brings kids of all backgrounds and abilities together to solve real world problems. Matching their passion with direct impact projects that they choose-kids are changing their communities in all sorts of ways!

Maimah Karmo of Aldie, VA
Tigerlily Foundation educates, advocates for, empowers and provides hands on support to younger women - before, during and after breast cancer. This support includes buddies, buddy bags, meals, financial assistance, empowerment and inspiration.

Shannon Lambert of Minneapolis, MN
Pandora's Project provides information, facilitates peer support and offers assistance to male and female survivors of sexual violence and their friends and family.

Brenda Murray of Chevy Chase, MD
Women in Prison Project started as a book club and became a college degree program in Maryland's only women's prison, the Maryland Correctional Institution for Women. The MCIW College Degree Program provides educational opportunities for thousands of women behind bars.

Ora Rakestraw of Sacramento, CA
Grandma Ora, age 91, works with third grade students who place below the 20th percentile in reading at Woodridge Elementary School to not just achieve, but excel.

Carol Reza of Whittier, CA
Bridge of Faith provides mentoring and social service referrals to families of incarcerated women and a HOME (Home Opportunity Meets Emancipation) for emancipated young women.

Halle Tecco of San Francisco, CA
Yoga Bear provides more opportunities of wellness and healing to cancer patients and survivors through the practice of yoga.

Rhonda Ulmer of Odenton, MD
University for Parents provides family education programs, resources and mentoring support to strengthen families and assist parents in helping their children succeed in school.