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, Zonta International has launched its Centennial Anniversary Grants program. These one-time grants of up to $5,000 each will 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.
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. Each Zonta monthly newsletter features the projects and ways to be involved. You can find the newsletters on the “News” page.
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 our 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!” This year, Denise shared with us some future goals for Shalom House and their Community of Kinship.
Each year, Zonta club members volunteer their time on a Saturday in December wrapping gifts as a fundraiser for Shalom House.
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. Last year, members of the Zonta Club Harrisburg-Hershey presented yellow roses to the ladies at Shalom House.
At the May membership meeting, Zonta club President Elaine Weinert presented Marsha Fortney, Shalom House Board member and Denise Britton, Shalom House Executive Director with the Club’s donation of $5,500 from a year of fundraising efforts. Denise was also 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.