Chartered March 11, 1980
Member of Zonta International
Empowering Women Locally
Every 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.
In honor of 100 years of Zonta service and Zonta International’s Centennial Anniversary in 2019, ZI has launched its Centennial Anniversary Grants program of $5,000 to recognize charitable organizations working to improve the lives of women and girls in their local communities. Congratulations to Shalom House for receiving the Zonta International Centennial Grant of $5,000. With this grant, Shalom House has announced the start-up of its Voices of Hope community website to provide individuals who have survived violence or trauma of any kind with a much-needed connection to people and resources to expedite their healing as they work to reclaim a sense of their ‘before’ self’. Learn more at https://voices-of-hope.mn.co/
Shalom House is committed to providing emergency shelter for homeless women and children, transitional housing for homeless women veterans and their children, and permanent housing for disabled, chronically homeless low-income women. Their mission is to Empower Women and Transform Lives. They not only help to feed and house women and children in a time of crisis, but they also help provide much needed transformational services such as Life Coaching.
Shalom House is very excited to announce the opening of its Community Connections Center! In collaboration with Capital Area Head Start, their new family center offers preschool classrooms in the heart of the Allison Hill Community. Together, recognizing the need for access to early childhood education and for services to families, Shalom House/Properties and Capital Area Head Start are providing the space to interrupt barriers to life success and sustainability. On October 2, 2019, both Shalom House and CAHS were pleased to be joined by other partners and supporters in the community in a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
Each year, the Club’s December “Party with a Purpose” has become a wonderful tradition for the Zonta Club. Members purchase gifts for the women and children of the shelter. It provides a great opportunity to enjoy a special evening to share holiday greetings with each other and provide love and gifts with our Shalom House family.
Shalom House Executive Director Denise Britton provides a “Wish List” of gift ideas along with her grateful greeting. “My thanks to all the Zonta Club members for making the season so special for our women and children!” In 2019, members of the Zonta Club filled “From Heart to Home” gift-filled totes for the residents of Shalom House.
Shalom House has provided shoppers with “Holiday Gift Wrapping” for many years, and Zonta has been proud to provide volunteers for this annual fundraiser.
On March 8th each year, Zontians worldwide send yellow roses to women who have demonstrated outstanding achievements in their lives in honor of International Women’s Day. This year, members of the Zonta Club Harrisburg-Hershey presented yellow roses to the ladies at Shalom House.
In 2020, the Zonta club presented Denise Britton, Shalom House Executive Director with the Club’s donation of $5,500 from a year of fundraising efforts. In 2019, Denise was presented with a beautiful clock and the Club’s Centennial Award. Club member Suzanne Gale presented Shalom House with a grant award of $500 from the Mary McInroy Sheffer People Trust.