Zonta Programs & Services
The Zonta Club of Cincinnati supports ZI's mission in the Greater Cincinnati Area by providing both club and individual service to many of the organizations that support women in our area. In addition to service, the Club does annual fundraising to provide scholarships to women returning to college to further their education. See information on some of the organizations we support below.
The Zonta Club of Cincinnati Programs
The Bethany House Services provides a full range of housing, education and assistance programs to homeless and low-income women and children. BHS addresses the needs of homeless and disadvantaged women and children through direct service and systematic change initiatives, for example Greater Cincinnati Coalition for the Homeless, Emergency Services Coalition, Cincinnatians for Affordable Housing, etc.
The Zonta Club of Cincinnati has supported Bethany House in the past by redecorating several of the resident rooms. Currently we host “Everybody’s Birthday” parties for the mothers and their children, including providing cake, ice cream, punch and Teddy Bears!
Click here to learn more about this nonprofit organization.
Tender Mercies works in partnership with Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services (GCBHS) to operate the PATH program (Projects for Assistance in the Transition from Homelessness).
This program expands the outreach services for individuals with mental illness, maintaining a presence in shelters, soup kitchens, parks, streets and other places homeless people frequent. Making initial contact and establishing a relationship with an Outreach Worker is often the first step in breaking the cycle of homelessness.
Zonta Club of Cincinnati has adopted a women’s group building and brings in dinner, and provides beauty and craft nights.
Click here to visit Tender Mercies web site.
Families Forward helps children develop the attitudes and behaviors necessary to become productive, independent, and responsible citizens through a school-based, family-centered program.
Zontians support Families Forward by providing books, games and other toys for girls at Christmas time.
Click here for more information about Families Forward.
Mary Magdalen House
An oasis of hospitality, Mary Magdalen House provides a safe and pleasant place for homeless men and women to shower, shave, brush their teeth, use a toilet, have clothes laundered, and use of a phone and have a place to receive messages and mail.
Every year at Mary Magdelen House, more than 20,000 showers are taken, more than 17,000 sets of clothes are laundered, and more than 30,000 guests are given a chance to get clean, get fresh clothing, and take care of their personal hygiene.
Zonta Club members support the Mary Magdalen House mission by providing clothing, laundry supplies and toiletries. We have a team of creative Zontians who bedeck the Mary Magdalen House windows with seasonal décor several times a year.
Click here to visit the Mary Magdelen House web site.
Zonta International Programs
Zonta International, through its Foundation, supports international service projects and educational fellowships to improve the quality of life for women. The Foundation is supported through voluntary contributions by Zontians, Zonta clubs and friends of the Foundation. Following are some of the activities funded by the Foundation.
Zonta International Strategies to Eradicate Violence Against Women and Children
ZISVAW focuses on prevention, awareness, education, and developing innovative solutions to eliminate abuse against women and children.
Zonta International service projects address specific special needs such as a cooperative project with UNIFEM in India to provide women with dependable income through raising silkworms and a partnership with UNICEF in south Africa to improve girls´education.
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Click here to go to Zonta International's web site to learn more about their Education, Leadership and Youth Development programs.