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!



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


World Vision Birthing Kit Field Report

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.






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


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


The Zonta Club of Oakville provides bursaries to young women attending Sheridan College who have the desire and proven capability to attend college but lack the funds to do so.


Interested candidates should contact the Zonta Club of Oakville Service Committee at

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.



All scholarship queries should be directed to the Zonta Club of Oakville Service Committee at

Fundraising Projects

International Women’s Day 2021



Send the special women in your life one of our Zonta Celebrates International Women’s Day ‘I CELEBRATE YOU’ cards. Let them know just how much they mean to you.  One Package of 5 cards is $30. You will receive a $25 tax receipt for each package purchased. A donation will be made in your honour with the proceeds from this card in support of Oakville Hospital Foundation and women’s charities.

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.

International Women’s Day 2020


Dance Party Fundraising 2019

By Andrea Marchant – As It Happens Photography

By Friends of Zonta

International Women’s Day 2019


International Women’s Day 2018


January Dance Party 2018

 ‘HIGH TEA with a TWIST’ 2017


Garage Sale

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





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