Grants that make a difference in the lives of women
Each year our Club raises grant money and performs companion service projects that focus on three major areas that impact virtually all women in our area—violence, education and scholarship and healthcare. In the fall, we hold our signature Glass Slipper Ball with the proceeds distributed to various charities who offer educational services, support and outreach to benefit anti-violence against women. Education and Scholarship is the focus of our spring Luncheon which raises funds used to award a sizeable scholarship to an area women continuing her education in math, science or business, fields which reflect the career of Amelia Earhart, the most famous Zonta International member. In the summer, organizations providing health care to women in our community lacking health insurance or who cannot afford health care benefit from a fun event. We accept applications in the fall for both grants and service projects with the awards announced early the following year. Recent recipients include: Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Inc., Light of SW Florida, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc., Florida Gulf Coast Foundation, Naples Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Partners for Breast Cancer Care and the Club’s own 1-800# Anti-Violence Against Women Poster Campaign. Every dollar awarded and each service project volunteer hour performed makes a difference.
Zonta Club of Bonita Springs’ 2010 Grant Winners– At our March meeting, the Club proudly awarded $13,000 in grants to seven local non-profits fighting domestic violence and human trafficking and working to improve women’s health. They are from L-R, Carol Tindall, Interfaith Caregivers of South Lee, Inc., Claire McMahon, Project Leader of the Club’s 1-800# Anti-Violence Against Women Campaign, Karen Katz, Light of SW Florida, Nola Theiss, Human Trafficking Awareness Partnerships, Inc., Dr. Jo Ann Wilson and Dr. Terry Dubatz, Florida Gulf Coast Foundation, Marcy Sander, Naples Shelter for Abused Women and Children, Denese Mattrey, Chair of the Club’s Grants Committee and Jean Vogel, Partners for Breast Cancer Care.