Zonta Service

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Zonta Club of Olympia members hold fundraising projects throughout the year to raise funds for grants to local nonprofit organizations whose programs improve women’s legal rights, health, education, economic status, enhance women’s self-esteem, and end violence against women. Hundreds of thousands of dollars have been raised and distributed since the club was chartered in 1928.

2015-2017 Funding for the following local nonprofit organizations:

  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Thurston County-SMART Girls Program
  • Child Care Action Council-Margie’s Crisis Nursery
  • Community Action Council-Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy
  • Enterprise for Equity-Reach Your Dreams
  • Family Education and Support Services-Violence on Children-A Training for Women
  • SafePlace-Crisis Intervention and Advocacy Program
  • Senior Services for South Sound-Responding to Grief Workshops
  • South Sound Parent to Parent-Positive Discipline Parent Education Series
  • The Family Support Center of South Sound- Thurston County Family Justice Center
  • TOGETHER!-Thurston Coalition for Women’s Health
  • WA Engage-Cultural Grooming Forum
  • YWCA of Olympia-Girls Without Limits!
 
 

Over the years our local grants have included:

 
 
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Childcare Action Council for the Keystone Crisis Nursery Program

Zonta Club of Olympia is the longest term champion to the Keystone Crisis Nursery program. Many families lack a support network because they are new to the area, their network is unhealthy or abusive, or friends and family aren’t in a position to help. For these families, Keystone Crisis Nursery opens the door to a support network by providing emergency child care during a crisis and guiding families toward long-term solutions.

Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center

Over the years, grants from the Zonta Club of Olympia have helped to finance the Family Advocate Program. Monarch Children’s Justice and Advocacy Center is a resource for sexually abused children and their families in Thurston County. Monarch provides a child-friendly and child focused facility where children and their families can get the help they need to end the abuse and begin the process of healing. Most of the individuals served by the family advocate are women who are in need of advocacy and services to enable them to establish stability and self-reliance in their lives.

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SafePlace

SafePlace is the only advocacy agency and confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Thurston County. Zonta Club of Olympia has provided funding for the Client Assistance Fund which provides critical direct financial support to survivors, such as Greyhound tickets, bus passes, phone cards, diapers, and groceries for the emergency shelter residents. Zonta has also provided funding for a Safeplace Support Group for non-English speaking survivors of domestic violence.

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Community Youth Services

Safe, Strong and Free Program. For more than 40 years, Community Youth Services has helped children, teens and young adults survive some of  society’s harshest realities:  homelessness, abuse, poverty and crime. The Safe, Strong and Free Program helped pregnant teenage girls cope with their pregnancy by providing a safe place for them to go to learn parenting skills and options.

Family Education and Support Services

Zonta Club of Olympia provided funding for scholarships for women for the “Impact of Domestic Violence on Children” classes. FESS also supports relative caregivers who are caring for children separated from one or both parents. Each year Zonta members adopt a family and provide support in the form of gifts for Christmas, birthday’s, holidays and special needs that occur throughout the year.

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YWCA

Provided scholarships to the Girls Without Limits Technically Speaking Summer Camp. The summer camp provides girls in grades 6-8, with a unique educational experience. Girls are engrossed in science and technology as they learn about life and accomplishments of famous female scientists and participate in experimental learning opportunities and field trips related to their professions.