Dress a Girl Around the World
Zonta members participate in a hands-on service project through Dress a Girl Around the World. Once a month Zonta members meet to make dresses. Some members do not sew but they can cut, press, run elastic through and more. In short, there is a job for everyone. Dress a Girl provided the patterns which are pillowcase style dresses.
Dresses through this program have been shipped to 65 countries, including the United States. Garments include the Dress a Girl label on the outside. The label is important as it indicates that an organization is looking after the girls and therefore potential predators will pass them over.
The mission of Dress a Girl Around the World is to elevate the esteem of girls around the world by making sure every little girl has the dignity of owning at least one dress. Dress a Girl is a division of Hope 4 Women International. For more information on how you can become involved, please Contact Us.
R.A.V.E. (Rape and Violence Eradication) WALK
This annual walk sponsored by Zonta of Charles County benefits The Zonta Fund, a component fund of the Community Foundation of Charles County, a 501(c) (3) public charity. Proceeds from the RAVE Walk are used to support agencies in Charles County who work to prevent violence against women or who provide practical, emotional, or psychological support to survivors.
The walk is held in October, Domestic Violence Awareness Month. Beginning in 2010, our RAVE Walk has been dedicated to the memory of Gayle A. Cooke, a local a well known Charles County crime victim advocate who died in 2000.
INTERNATIONAL SERVICE / UNITED NATIONS PROGRAM
Each spring the Zonta Club of Charles County carries out a program to educate our members and the public about Zonta International’s Service Projects and United Nations Programs. The funds raised advance and sustain Zonta’s global service and advocacy programs.
COINS FOR CAUSE
Blue Piggy Banks are placed on the tables during our monthly meetings. Members are encouraged to empty the change from their purses. The coins are collected and donated to raise awareness and support the effects of reducing Obstetric Fistula in developing countries. This projects helps support the Zonta International Foundation Project Elimination of Obstetric Fistula and the Reduction of Newborn Mortality and Morbidity in Liberia.
WESTERN COUNTY MOMS PROGRAM
Our newest program supports underserved women in an impoverished area of our community at the holidays. Women provide a “wish-list” and we match our members with these local women to make their holidays wishes come true. We believe that if we can meet their basic needs through this gift-giving program, they are freed a bit to focus on improving their circumstances.