• Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey
  • Empowering Women Through Service and Advocacy
  • Member of Zonta International


Each Zonta year brings service opportunities. For 2018-2020, our Club is partnering closely with Shalom House. Shalom House provides temporary shelter for women and children who have nowhere else to go. They provide for their basic needs: a bed, food, clothing, health and hygiene supplies, and a temporary address and telephone number. Shalom House is committed to emergency sheltering for homeless women and children, transitional housing for homeless women veterans and their children, and permanent housing for disabled, chronically homeless low-income women.



Zonta International believes no woman should live in fear of violence. Zonta International believes we cannot achieve our mission of gender equality and empowering women without social justice. Zonta International says “No” to child defilement. On June 20, 2018, the House subcommittee that oversees U.S. foreign aid spending came out with it’s recommendation for the 2019 budget. Soon after the Senate did the same, AND WE GOT EVERYTHING WE ASKED FOR.



To fulfill our mission of empowering women worldwide, we must focus on gender equality in education, an essential human right, critical to development for all. For women and girls, education provides the tools and resources to empower them to make decisions about their lives and the future of their families. Educated women can break the cycle of poverty; they can choose when to marry and if and when to have children; they can access quality health care to safeguard themselves and their children; they can educate their own children and ensure greater opportunities for future generations.


Empowering Women Worldwide

Serving the Southcentral Pennsylvania, we became a chartered club of Zonta International (ZI) on March 11, 1980. ZI is a worldwide service organization of executives in business and the professions, working together since 1919 to advance the status of women.  Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy, achieving global impact through local action.

Zonta International is uniquely positioned within the United Nations to represent the special concerns of women and children throughout the world. If you are not familiar with Zonta, please read more about Zonta International by visiting the website, zonta.org. If you are interested in more information on membership, please contact us.

As a 501(C)3 public charity, the Zonta Club of Harrisburg-Hershey is qualified to receive gifts, grants, and contributions which are deductible for United States federal income tax purposes. All donations are tax-deductible and should be mailed to: P.O.Box 590, Hummelstown PA 17036. Donations to the Zonta International Foundation should be made on the foundation.zonta.org website. (Click the Donate button in the top right corner )

Zonta Facts

The name “Zonta” is derived from the Sioux Indian word meaning honest and trustworthy.  Zonta’s emblem is a composite of five Sioux symbols. Zonta was founded November 8, 1919, in Buffalo, New York.

Zonta has 29,000 members from 63 countries working together to improve the lives of women and children.

The Zonta flower is a yellow rose and March 8th is Zonta Rose Day.  All Zontians worldwide are encouraged to commemorate Zonta Rose Day/International Women’s Day in whatever manner is appropriate in their countries and areas, using the symbol of the yellow rose.

Amelia Earhart was an early member of Zonta and each year we honor her with a special trip or event. See the Events page.

From Our Facebook Page

Did you know Amelia Earhart was a fellow Zontian? To celebrate Zonta’s 100th Anniversary the Zonta Club of Harrisburg Hershey is sponsoring a program by the Mount Gretna Theater Touring Outreach called “Amelia Earhart, Lost Hero.” This engaging musical recounts Amelia’s life from childhood to her disappearance. The performance will be held on Wednesday, April 3rd, 2019 at the West Shore Senior Center, 122 Geary Avenue, New Cumberland. Tickets are $20.00 per adult, $10.00 for Students (under 18). The show will be from 6:00PM to 7:00PM. Please send an e-mail to zontaclubhbg@gmail.com to request tickets or more information. ... See MoreSee Less

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Zonta International has been empowering women for nearly 100 years through service and advocacy. The official Centennial Anniversary date is November 8, 2019, but we will be celebrating 100 Years of Empowering Women during the entire 2018-2020 Biennium.

See message from President Susanne von Bassewitz to start the new year, in which Zonta will celebrate its Centennial Anniversary. For more information about the Centennial celebration, see the video here: zontaharrisburghershey.org/centennial-anniversary/
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