OUR SERVICE PROGRAMS
Early in 2007, Zonta of Sanibel-Captiva undertook a comprehensive strategic planning process to evaluate our relationship and effectiveness with current partner projects and to choose where future focus should be. Following are the six primary projects - thus making them eligible not only for significant grants but also our volunteer service and advocacy energies. Each of these projects are making a difference in womens lives here in Lee County.
We are currently focusing on 5 service programs:
Addiction, Recovery and Mental Health Services for Women
Zonta is providing grant funding and active service to two Lee County agencies: Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS), and Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT).
Educating and Supporting At-Risk Girls and Women
The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva provides grant support to the PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. One of 17 PACE centers in this unique Florida program for at-risk girls ages 12 – 18, the Lee County PACE Center operates a non-residential accredited alternative school in Fort Myers under guidelines...
Human Trafficking Awareness
Since 2004, this Zonta Club has taken a leadership role in spearheading community action and awareness in the fight against human trafficking. Through participation in Lee County activities with law enforcement, human service agencies, faith congregations, and Florida Gulf Coast University, together with programs and presentations to Zonta clubs...
Literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language
The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva provides grants and direct service to improve Lee County women’s literacy, especially among Hispanic women as parents of young children, for whom English is the second language. Literacy skills make an impact on two generations in a family; for young children, being read to...
Serving Women on the Island (SWOTI)
Being compassionate and involved advocates and volunteers for women on Sanibel and Captiva has been a continuing commitment for Zonta. The club has partnered with three island organizations to provide grants that help low-income women, and to offer upbeat social and informational sessions that share friendship and expertise.
The Sanibel-Captiva Zonta Club during 2007-8 also made “grant only” awards to Partners for Breast Cancer Care, Planned Parenthood of Southwest Florida, Our Mothers Home, Redlands Christian Migrant Association, Footsteps to the Future, and the Central Asia Institute.
Through Zonta International, the club also supports international programs: fighting poverty and AIDS in Niger; supporting education and health in Afghanistan and Bolivia; developing economic self-sufficiency in Sri Lanka; and fighting human trafficking in Bosnia and Croatia.