We thought we would gather some holiday projects from this year or past years from a few of our clubs, to share the impact we have on our communities! Thank you to every member of D4 for the positive affect you have on your communities. We know COVID has put a damper on many club activities, but we were happy to share what you’ve done in the past and what projects some clubs were still able to do this year.
Happy Holidays from Your D4 Service Committee
– Judy Powers, Ann Marie West, Jennifer Bliss, Faria Latif and Brenda Graham
ZC of Olean
ZC of Corry
ZC of Jamestown
ZC of Stratford
In the past, the Stratford club has always supported the Basketeers, which collects baskets of home goods to help a woman who is leaving the shelter and moving on to second-stage housing. Often women have to leave behind all their belongings when escaping abuse, so this program helps them to start a new life, with kitchen wares or things for other areas of their new home. During COVID, the basketeers are not collecting items, but gift cards. At the dinner last week, members each brought a gift card to give to the basketeers for their program.
ZC of Warren
ZC of Bradford
The Bradford Club had a nice 16 Days of Activism push, with donations made to victims of abuse at the local Resource Center of the YMCA. They once again participated in their Annual Christmas Elf Fund Project and Gift Collection. Members enjoyed a Wreath Making Night in November. The Fundraising Committee highlighted their Poinsettia Fundraiser for the season. And members baked cookies and bagged lunches for Bradford’s Annual United Way Lunch Fundraiser.
ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo
ZC of Owen Sound
ZC of Guelph
ZC of Woodstock
ZC of Stratford
The Zonta Club of Niagara Falls, Canada supports the Bag of Courage program at Victim Services Niagara, which provides emergency supplies to women in dangerous situations and to those who have been trafficked. These supplies are delivered in a large individual tote bag and include items such as underwear, socks, casual clothes, pajamas, sweaters, hygiene products, as well as paper, writing utensils and a small purse or pouch for personal affairs.
ZC of Rochester
ZC of Buffalo
The Buffalo Club supports Immaculata Home: A monetary donation is provided to women recently incarcerated and victims of abuse, to begin to put their lives together through group living in a 12 step program. Hands-on support has been given in the past during the United Way Day of Caring, assistance with structural issues at the home (put in a shower and vanity), provided dinner out, furniture and linens, Christmas gifts and gift cards, and supported their fundraising efforts.