Service Projects

Birthing Kits

 

Half a million women die annually in developing countries; many from infection, tetanus and other complications. For every woman who dies in childbirth, around another 30 women incur injuries and infections, many of which are often painful, disabling, embarrassing and lifelong. Birthing kits save lives and reduce suffering by providing supplies for a more sanitary birth.

 

Over 8,000 kits are distributed each year by World Vision to six health centres in rural Africa. The Zonta Club of Oakville has assembled up to 1000 of these kits each year!

 

Contents:

  • razor blade
  • umbilical tape
  • gloves
  • gauze
  • soap
  • plastic sheet

 

World Vision Birthing Kit Field Report

 

How Can You Help

 

Volunteers are required each year to help assemble the kits. Please join us knowing that you will make a huge impact in the safe delivery of a baby.

 

Donation of any of the contents are also greatly appreciated.

 

This annual event usually takes place in November.

 

    

Mother/Daughter Event

 

The Zonta Club of Oakville hosts a mother and daughter pampering and informational event at Kerr Street Mission each spring for families from the local community. Mothers and their daughters are able to obtain information from local advocacy organizations, treated to a spa session, provided choice from a clothes closet, served a delicious hot meal, offered items from a gift table. Longo’s grocery stores and Zonta Club members generously donate to make a memorable community meal!

 

How Can You Help

 

 

Volunteers with experience in esthetics are required to assist with the spa session (hair and make-up). Assistance is also needed with table setting, preparing and serving dinner, and clean-up duties. Please join us for a fun, high-energy day!

 

Gently used party wear and work wear, jewellery, purses, shoes, and small gift items would be gratefully accepted and appreciated.

 

This annual event usually takes place in May or June.

 

    

MOTHER/DAUGHTER EVENT 2018

First Response Bags – ‘Dignity Bags’

 

SAVIS (Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services) provides support to victims of violence in the Halton region. Human trafficking is a significant problem in Southern Ontario. For those victims who are attempting to leave prostitution and begin a ‘new life’, SAVIS provides a Dignity Bag to help them meet their initial needs on arrival for help at the hospital or police station. In recognition of 100 years of Zonta International, the Zonta Club of Oakville supplied 100 bags in 2018.

 

Contents (valued at $250):

 

  • $25 Telus phone card + PIN
  • $10 – $15 Tim Hortons card
  • $50 Walmart gift card
  • Journal + pen
  • Soap
  • Deodorant
  • Brush + comb
  • Body lotion
  • Plush blanket
  • Hair elastics
  • Shampoo + conditioner
  • Toothbrush + toothpaste
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Disposable razors
  • Bath towel, facecloth
  • Underwear, socks (S, M, L, XL)
  • Pyjamas (S, M, L, XL)
  • Flip-flops or gloves (seasonal)
  • Mirror
  • Chocolate
  • A caring note from the club explaining the origins of the donations

Advocacy Projects

You Are Not Alone Poster Project

 

Aligning with the Zonta International mandate “Zonta Says No to Violence Against Women”, referral information posters are distributed by club members to businesses throughout Halton. These posters are placed in women’s washrooms to provide awareness of the unacceptability of abusive behavior in relationships. In 2018, over 40 women contacted SAVIS of Halton to receive information or counselling as a direct result of this campaign.

 

Mother/Daughter Event

 

The Zonta Club of Oakville provides informational kiosks for attendees of our annual Kerr Street Mission mother-daughter pampering and advocacy day. SAVIS, SAFE (Survivor Advocates for Empowerment), The Centre for Skills Development and Zonta International are some of the organizations represented at the event.

 

For more information about the Zonta Club of Oakville’s advocacy projects or to volunteer or donate, please contact service@zontaoakville.org.

Scholarships

Women in Technology

 

The global economy and its industries are becoming increasingly digitized. Women, however, are still largely underrepresented in technology and other STEM fields. To create a world in which men and women have equal opportunities, women need to have an active role in technology and technological developments.

 

The Zonta Club of Oakville is pleased to offer the Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship to encourage women to pursue education, career opportunities and leadership roles in technology. The winner of this scholarship will be considered at the Zonta regional and international levels for a possible two further scholarships.

Sheridan College Bursary

 

The Zonta Club of Oakville recognizes the need to empower women in need by offering meaningful subsidies for education. Since 1994, we are proud to have provided over $80,000 in grants to women coming from backgrounds of abuse wishing to enter or return to full-time studies at Sheridan College Trafalgar Campus.

 

Interested candidates should consult the Sheridan College scholarships, awards and bursaries webpage found here. Eligibility criteria include proof of residency in the Halton area and demonstration of financial need.

Young Women in Public Affairs

 

The goal of the Zonta International Young Women in Public Affairs (YWPA) Award Program is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing a commitment to the volunteer sector, evidence of volunteer leadership achievements and a dedication to empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

 

In order for more women to be represented in key decision making positions worldwide, young women must be encouraged to pursue careers or seek leadership positions in public policy making, government and volunteer organizations and further their education with these aims in view.

 

This scholarship is awarded by the Zonta Club of Oakville to a high school student demonstrating outstanding service within her school and local community. The winner may be considered at the Zonta regional and international levels to possibly qualify for further scholarships.

Questions?

 

All scholarship queries should be directed to service@zontaoakville.org.

Fundraising Projects

International Women’s Day 2020

Bingo Fundraising

 

 

For over 20 years, the Zonta Club of Oakville has raised funds through the partnership with the Delta Bingo and Gaming Oakville location and the Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation.

 

The Zonta Club of Oakville members volunteer twice a month (Friday nights @ 21:30 pm and Sunday afternoons @ 12:00 pm) at the Delta Gaming Centre on Speers Road.  All of the funds raised from Bingo are donated to various charities in the community including SAVIS, Kerr Street Ministries and much more.

Dance Party Fundraising 2019

By Andrea Marchant – As It Happens Photography

By Friends of Zonta

International Women’s Day 2019

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International Women’s Day 2018

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January Dance Party 2018

 ‘HIGH TEA with a TWIST’ 2017

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Garage Sale

We have fun – we have social events for members and friends of Zonta.

SOCIAL EVENTS GALLERY

CHRISTMAS

SUMMER

BOWLING

Funding Support for Organizations that Empower Women Locally

 

The Zonta Club of Oakville has provided funds to local organizations such as:

 

  • Canadian Bridging Foundation
  • Foundation for Cancer Wellness
  • Halton Women’s Place
  • Women’s Center of Halton
  • Home Suite Hope
  • Hope Place Centers
  • Kerr Street Mission
  • Shifra Homes
  • Sexual Assault and Violence Intervention Services (SAVIS)
  • Wellspring

THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH WOMEN AND GIRLS