The Search for Extraordinary Women of Worth During National Volunteer Month

(BPT) - Throughout the month of April — National Volunteer Month — L’Oréal Paris is calling on men and women throughout the country to nominate extraordinary women who find beauty and strength in giving back to their communities. Women like Shandra Woworuntu, a survivor of human trafficking, who founded the program Mentari to provide resources, advocacy, education and mentoring initiatives to help other survivors reintegrate into society.

For 13 years the L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth program has championed passionate women like Shandra, who are as multifaceted as the communities they serve — providing them with the platform, resources, and support they need to make an even bigger impact with their voice and vision.

National Volunteer Month is about shining a light on the incredible people who devote their time and talents to changing the world and inspiring others to take action. And whether it’s spearheading anti-bullying projects, providing meals to neighbors who are food insecure, or showing women and children impacted by incarceration how to move on with their lives, L’Oréal Paris Women of Worth Honorees bring to life the brand’s philosophy “because you’re worth it,” and prove that there is no limit to what women are able to achieve when they set out to make a difference.

“Women of Worth is the cornerstone of the L’Oréal Paris brand and embodies our mission to empower women across the country to celebrate their worth,” said Tim Coolican, L’Oréal Paris USA President. “Now, during National Volunteer Month, we’re asking for people to nominate fearless women who are championing life-changing work and making an impactful difference.”

“National Volunteer Month is a reminder that every individual has the power to ignite change and make the world a better place,” said Karen T. Fondu, President Emeritus and Chairwoman of L'Oréal Paris Women of Worth. “Through Women of Worth, we have the opportunity to honor the heroic women in our lives — our family, friends, and neighbors — whose courage and strength empower and inspire worth within others.”

L’Oréal Paris, in partnership with Points of Light, the world's largest volunteer service organization, is calling for nominations through May 1, 2018. Anyone can nominate women who are philanthropists, volunteers and change-makers for a chance to become a Woman of Worth Honoree and receive up to $35,000 in donations for her cause at

In addition to receiving financial support for her organization, each Women of Worth Honoree will also have a platform to elevate her story and opportunities to build her network, foster connections and touch even more lives with her work.

The final 10 honorees will each be awarded a $10,000 donation for her cause. One honoree, chosen by popular vote, will be selected as the National Honoree and awarded an additional $25,000 donation for a total of $35,000 to support her organization. All 10 of the 2018 honorees will be recognized in December at an awards ceremony hosted by L’Oréal Paris in New York.

For more information about the Women of Worth program, to nominate a woman making a difference or to learn more about past Honorees, visit