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Williams Alum Honored for Innovative Volunteerism
Posted 11/13/2017 02:00PM

Cassandra Lin '16 has recently been named one of the top ten Women of Worth Honorees, sponsored by L'Oreal Paris. According to the website, "the Women of Worth Community is a group of women who are true to their passion of making their local communities better via volunteerism. provides a place for women from across the country to be inspired by the work of our Women of Worth Honorees." Each year, women are nominated to become a part of this group and are considered based on the nominee's overall impact through their volunteerism, the needs of their community and the solutions that they offered, their passion, and their innovation. Each of the ten honorees selected will earn $10,000 donated to a charity of their choice by L'Oreal Paris and an all-expense paid trip to the Women of Worth Award Ceremony, which will be held in New York City this December. One finalist will receive an additional $25,000 for her cause. Voting is open to the public throughout the month of November.

The 2008 financial crisis wreaked havoc on Cassandra's town of Westerly, RI, causing many families to be unable to pay for heat. At age 10, Cassandra began encouraging her neighbors to recycle their used oil so it could be repurposed to heat their homes, and this project evolved into Project Turn Grease Into Fuel, a part of the Westerly Innovations Network. Since 2008, over 250,000 gallons of grease have been recycled into more than 200,000 gallons of biodiesel fuel, which has helped to heat the homes of over 500 families in Cassandra's hometown.

"Being a Women of Worth means joining an incredible group of empowering women and working even harder to provide homes in my community with basic necessities," Cassandra says.

Visit the website to be inspired and then show support for the woman's story that resonates with you most by voting for her to become National Honoree and receive an additional $25,000 for her cause.

You can read more about some of Cassandra's achievements through the following articles: Cassandra Lin '16 Receives 2014 Nickelodeon Halo AwardCassandra Lin's T.G.I.F Project Gets a Nod from Nick, and Rhode Island's Cassandra Lin of Westerly Named One of America's Top Ten Youth Volunteers.

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