Zonta Club of Rochester – Area 4
Chartered: 1921 Rochester is the second Zonta Club, celebrating its Centennial in 2021
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The Zonta Club of Rochester is a very active club involved in many service activities.
They have a monthly schedule for their “Collection and Donation” Project where different items are collected each month for different agencies. The list is compiled for the year so members can plan ahead. Items donated include: personal care items, food, books, cleaning projects, sanitation supplies, first aid kits, socks, accessories, etc.
Toiletry Kits, Stuff a Purse/Tote Bag, and Stuff a Backpack are similar projects collecting items needed by different groups. A zippered tote bag gives someone a case to carry their belongings, when they are homeless or leaving a domestic violence situation. At their summer picnic, they collect school supplies. This project was modified during the pandemic to include items for the homeless such as granola bars, gum, toothpaste, comb, gloves, etc.
They collected children’s books for daycare and after school programs during the pandemic. They also collect material and sewing supplies for the “Dress a Girl Around the World” Program where members cut/sew dresses which are donated so every girl can have at least one new dress. This is a Hope for Women International Program.
Journal Project: For many years they have donated journals to Domestic Violence and/or Recovery Groups. They purchase and decorate journals inscribing a personal note of encouragement on the first page. Clients are often asked to keep a journal on their road to recovery making this a very useful item for the agencies. They have donated over 125 journals.
Members adopt a family in November purchasing items on their list for Christmas. Members can shop for gifts or can donate to members who coordinate the shopping.
They have assembled Birthing Kits for many years and have also collected new or gently used bras for the Free the Girls Project.