The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey celebrated Zonta’s 100th Birthday with storytellers and the presentation of a special award

The Zonta Club of Harrisburg Hershey, District 3, celebrated Zonta International’s 100th birthday on 14 November 2019.

Members and guests enjoyed a trip down memory lane as “Zonta Storytellers” and shared Zonta’s history beginning with Marian de Forest in 1919.

The Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey was one of 62 clubs to receive a Zonta International Centennial Anniversary Grant. The club’s US$5,000 grant went to support Shalom House in Harrisburg and its program “Voices of Hope.”

Shalom House Executive Director Denise Britton attended the centennial celebration and was also awarded the prestigious District 3 Centennial Champion Award. The club was honored to have District 3 Governor Joanne Gallos attend the celebration and present the award to Denise.

The social hour concluded with the group singing a rousing version of “Happy Birthday” to Zonta as Club President Elaine Weinert and Joanne Gallos blew out the candles on the birthday cake.

Zonta Club of Cleveland’s Centennial Anniversary Grant supports program to fight human trafficking

The Zonta Club of Cleveland was one of 62 clubs to receive a Zonta International Centennial Anniversary Grant. The club’s US$5,000 grant went to support a community street outreach program run by the Renee Jones Empowerment Center in East Cleveland, a high-incident suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

Renee Jones Empowerment Center is devoted to preventing human trafficking and sexual exploitation by actively engaging the community in anti-trafficking efforts and educating service professionals, law enforcement, educators, students, parents, and the community on the realities of this growing crime.

Project Red Cord Night Out is a call to action. The main goals and objectives are to make trafficking victims aware of the broad spectrum of services which are available, to involve neighbors and community agencies and make them aware of the nature of the trafficking problem.

By partnering with Renee Jones Empowerment Center, the Zonta Club of Cleveland fulfilled the first objective of Zonta International: improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women through service and advocacy.

Members of the Zonta Club of Cleveland participated in the street outreach in September, October, November and December. Club members filled 200 Zonta bags with essential hygiene items such as body wash, shampoo and conditioner, and provided them to women who stopped by. They also handed out non-perishable food items such as cans of chicken noodle soup and tuna fish, boxes of macaroni and cheese, and healthy snacks.

Centennial Anniversary Grant funds safe house for gender-based violence survivors

Hope Shores Alliance was presented with a US$4,110 Zonta International Centennial Anniversary Grant through its partnership with the Zonta Club of of Alpena-Tri County Area, USA, District 15.

The grant money will support the services offered at the Hope Shores Alliance Alpena Safe House.

Hope Shores Alliance is the largest multi-service agency in Michigan serving primary and secondary survivors of sexual assault, stalking, human trafficking and domestic and dating violence.

Specific project funds such as those coming from the Zonta grant are used to help increase access for more survivors to residential and crisis-based services offered at the safe house, to create more spaces to empower and educate survivors and their children.

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