Gift Cards for Families of Friendship House of Billings
Members of Zonta collected gift cards for the families of Friendship House at their Annual Christmas Gala. Shown left: Jessica Sprattler and Jessie Heppner of Friendship House of Billings. Friendship House is also a past recipient of Zonta Community Grants and Funding. In addition, Zonta hosts FAST Self Defense Seminars with Friendship House which are open to the public.
Grants and Mentoring
Zonta volunteers participate in a Life Skills mentoring program at Passages to provide a positive influence in the lives of women who often battle obstacles from growing up in environments wrought with abuse, crime and addiction. Zonta Club of Billings has also awarded grants to Passages to help with the purchase of educational materials for mentors and mentees. Zontians are proud of the relationships fostered with the women of Passage and are grateful for the opportunity and enrichment it has brought to mentors as well as the mentees. To find out more about this amazing outreach, check out this article in Yellowstone Valley Women - https://www.yellowstonevalleywoman.com/investing-in-women/
Photo courtesy of Jill Riley, Yellowstone Valley Women's Magazine
Each year Zonta Club of Billings honors 16 Days of Activism, in conjunction with other Zonta
Clubs in District 12, and across the world. Shown left, Zontians donating much needed supplies to the YWCA Gateway
House. The 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence is an international campaign
originating from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the
Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.
Click here to read more about this project in the Billings Gazette.
Photo courtesy of Paul Ruhter/Billings Gazette.
The Blanket Project
Zonta Club of Billings partners with other organizations serving women (i.e. the Women and Family Shelter, Angela’s Piazza, Gateway House, etc.) on a project that will ultimately supply every Billings police car with a fleece blanket that can be offered to victims of domestic violence at their time of need.
The purpose of the project is two-fold:
1) To make blankets to be placed in all city police cars so the officer can provide comfort at domestic violence calls;
2) To give Zontians the opportunity to offer personal and professional mentoring to women in our community who have educational, health and/or economic challenges (directly in line with our club’s mission!).
This project also provides the opportunity for women from our partnering organizations, who are often women who have been victims of domestic violence in the past, to reach out and help another victim – thus making her a “victor.”
The blankets are made out of two pieces of fleece that are tied together. There is no sewing required which makes for a “hands-on” (yet fairly simple) project that promotes easy conversation between the partnering organization’s participant and the Zontian “mentor.”
There are 75 police squad cars in the Billings Police Department. We currently have approximately 20 blankets ready for delivery…only 55 to go!!
Some of Zonta's Service Projects...