Zonta International is a leading global organization of professionals empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy. We envision a world in which women's rights are recognized as human rights and every woman is able to achieve her full potential. In such a world, women have access to all resources and are represented in decision making positions on an equal basis with men. In such a world, no woman lives in fear of violence.
Since our charter in 1982 Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County has been an active part of our Boulder Community We are a chapter of Zonta International and Zonta District 12 and have been supporting women and girls for over 30 years through local service projects, scholarships, advocacy and fundraising. Since 2001 our members have raised more than $500,000 to support community-based and international projects making a significant impact on the lives of women and girls.
In 2012 Zonta Foothills launched Zonta EducateZ to support at risk women and girls through education and empowerment. Zonta EducateZ works closely with the Boulder Valley Schools providing funds, advocacy, mentoring and other hands-on support to help close the achievement gap through literacy, college preparedness and basic life skills. We are also the proud sponsors of The Boulder High School PantherZ Z Club and the Flatirons Golden Z Club.
We raise funds to support our local scholarships, including the CU Bev Hackbart Scholarship, the Young Women in Public Affairs Award, The Zonta EdcateZ Scholarship and the Z Club Scholarship. We also provide financial and mentoring support to the Boudler Valley Schools Teen Parent Program and maintain 10 free libraries around Boulder County to provide free books to under resourced families at food banks, Safe House, EFFA Neighborhood Centers and the Boulder Justice Center. Our members are 100% volunteer and we have no paid staff.
Michelle Carpenter, Boulder High Spanish teacher and PantherZ Z Club adviser explains:
"The Zonta mentors encourage self-development via education by helping the PantherZ Z Club participants to see themselves and their future in a new light. Students now have someone with whom to discuss educational and career goals and dreams and to help guide them through the bewildering maze of college applications and decisions. Because of this, their school experience takes on more relevance and importance, and the idea of going to college becomes a real possibility. Together, mentors and students have worked on scholarship applications and college visits. The young ladies have a greater sense of confidence in their academic goals."
Sophie a senior citizen served by Harvest of Hope Food Pantrty:
"Please keep bringing those books . I take all of the children's books so that I can read them to my grandchildren. We can't afford to buy them and they are the high point of our day!"