ZONTA and Self-Defense!
Zontian volunteers at the FAST Free Self Defense class offered in partnership with Shepherd Warrior Martial Arts.
Food BasketsYWCA, Gateway VistaZonta Club of Billings collected and delivered over 2,200 pounds of food to the YWCA's Gateway House, a shelter for survivors of domestic violence and their families. The food consisted of 22 gift boxes, 1 for each family living in YWCA's Gateway Vista Housing. Zonta is committed to not only elevating the status of women through education, and mentoring, but to providing for the most basic needs of the women we serve.pictured below: the first recipient of the Centennial Grant 5k Award received her gift of household items for her new home in transitional housing. This project was made possible thru a Centennial grant to the YWCA Gateway Vista program benefiting women survivors of domestic violence.
Welcome Home KitsPassages Pre-Release Center and ICWA Court ParticipantsAs part of our commitment to providing much needed service to local women, Zonta Club of Billings provided 10 Welcome Home Kits for graduates of the Passages Pre-Release Center and the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Court. Often times, these participants are struggling to get their lives on track but lack the financial means necessary to cover the basics like cleaning supplies, toiletries, kitchen ware, etc. As such, we provided gift baskets full of these essentials to women working their way back up.
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 projects such as theses that supplies Billings police vehicles with a fleece blanket for victims of domestic violence at their time of need.
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.”
More of Zonta's Service Projects...