Zonta Club of Denver awards 2012 service grants
On behalf of the Zonta Club of Denver (ZCD), President Kathy Hyzer and Service Committee Chairman Cathy Conley, awarded their 2012 service grants to Girls Inc., Work Options For Women, and Project WISE at ZCD’s February 9 meeting. “I’m so pleased to award this year’s grants to these exceptional organizations that support the mission of the Zonta Club of Denver: to improve the quality of life for women and children. The ZCD Service Committee members have selected three organizations: Girls Inc., Work Options For Women, and Project WISE that make a difference in our community,” said Conley. “These organizations are doing critical work with the most vulnerable women and girls in our community,” said Conley, “and we’re honored to help them with our grants and our volunteer hours.”
Zonta Club of Denver granted Girls Inc. $10,000 for its life enrichment programs for girls aged 6 to 19. The grant will fund college preparation courses for young women representing the first members of their families moving towards higher educational goals and age-appropriate classes on economic literacy for girls in the program. Girls Inc. has been helping local girls with afterschool programs and full-day summer classes since 1983 through their mission of inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold and reducing cultural and social barriers with empowerment and preventative life skills.
Work Options For Women (WOW) was founded in 1996 to combat homelessness and poverty by providing unemployed women with the confidence and skills they need to become gainfully and permanently employed in the food service industry. WOW plans on using their $7,000 grant for an original training program introducing new participants to kitchen basics and food safety regulations, preparing the women for their intense and more advanced training.
Project Wise was awarded a $10,000 grant to fund a women’s leadership program. Since 1995, Project WISE has provided support services for families moving out of public assistance to the challenges of a work-based life. Project WISE’s education and mentoring programs empower mostly young, single mothers to break the cycle of poverty while encouraging them to give back to their community and to others.
In 2011, ZCD was recognized as the “Outstanding Service Organization” by National Philanthropy Day Colorado. Zonta Club of Denver was chartered in 1927 and, as a chapter of Zonta International, is united with more than 30,000 executives in business and the professions in over 1,200 clubs in 63 countries to improve the quality of life for marginalized women and children worldwide. Since its inception, ZCD has donated more than $2,500,000 and its members have given thousands of volunteer service hours to community projects aimed at improving at-risk women’s opportunities. In addition to the local grants, ZCD has contributed more than $11,500 to international projects in 2012. For more information about Zonta Club of Denver, visit www.zonta-denver.org.