Zonta Awards Grants to 15 Local Non-Profits

provided to The Santiva Chronicle

OILE director Lucy Garcia with some of the 10,000 masks made over the summer by clients of their Healing Stitches program, for distribution to the community

Every January, the Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva, through its foundation, awards grants to local non-profits whose missions mirror Zonta’s own: empowering women and girls. Grants are funded from proceeds from Zonta’s annual home tour, A Peek at the Unique. Although the tour was cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus, the generosity of many businesses and individuals allowed local grants totaling $82,500 to be awarded to 15 Lee County programs, including two on Sanibel.

Requests totaled over $165,715, about twice the funds available. The 15 organizations had all adapted and survived in spite of difficulties, helping women achieve a sense of safety, success and self-worth. Projects to be funded range from education to health and safety issues, and from economic self-sufficiency to home ownership to the job search.

For this year, Zonta will soon announce “Peek Repurposed,” a unique event planned within COVID-19 guidelines. More details will follow.

In a spirit of celebration, the Zonta-hosted Zoom meeting on Jan. 20 gave each representative a few onscreen minutes to describe the organization and its goals. Local grants were awarded to: Abuse Counseling & Treatment (ACT); Angel Wings (shelter for homeless women without family); Children’s Network of Southwest Florida; Community Housing & Resources (CHR); Dr. Piper Center for Social Services; Dress for Success Fort Myers; Earn to Learn Florida; F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva; Goodwill Industries of Southwest Florida; Habitat for Humanity Lee County Women Build; Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida; Organizacion Internacional de Latinos en el Exterior SWFL (OILE); Pace Center for Girls Lee County; Partners for Breast Cancer Care; and SalusCare.

Visit www.ZontaSanCap.org, follow Zonta Sanibel-Captiva on Facebook and “like” Zonta (@zontasancap) on Instagram.

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