Service During the 16 Days of Activism 2023

We also completed three projects helping women and girls in the Santa Clarita Valley through service and outreach, ensuring women have access to supplies they need and helping kids and youth feel important and safe.  We look forward to continuing to be of service to provide comfort and necessities to women and children affected by gender-based violence.

Zonta SCV donates to BaNC

Donation of over two dozen boxes of menstrual products to the College of the Canyons Basic Needs Center (BaNC), giving menstruating students easier access to the supplies they need.

Zonta SCV with Sam Dixon

Donation of 200 stuffed animal “beanie babies” to Samuel Dixon Family Health Centers that will bring comfort and joy to children during their visit at one of their health centers.

Zonta SCV donates to LASD

We filled and delivered 20 bags with necessities for domestic violence survivors and 10 backpacks for children to assist the SCAR (suspected child abuse reporting) unit with the LACSD-SCV to provide comfort and help to affected children.

Fostering Youth Holiday Party Dec 2023

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley along with our Z Clubs (Canyon High, Golden Valley High, and West Ranch High Schools) collected items for Fostering Youth Independence’s (FYI) annual holiday party for the foster youth in their program.  The Club provided $20 Target gift cards, while the Z Clubs provided lotions, lip balm, and packets of gum to be used as stocking stuffers.  On November 30, 2023 Club President – Nicole Miller, Club Vice President – Beth Ryan, Service Committee Lead – Jackie Howarth, and club member Candace Hartshorn delivered the items to FYI.

In addition to the stocking stuffer items, club members as well as members of SCV Boss Ladies baked cookies for the FYI youth.  Lois Bauccio graciously hosted a cookie bagging night at her home and on December 8, 2023, a handful of members from both groups gathered and created 80+ bags of cookies.  Beth Ryan delivered the goodies to FYI the following morning prior to their holiday party.

The FYI Holiday Party was Saturday, December 9, 2023.  Lois Bauccio serves on the board for FYI and was in attendance, while Beth Ryan, Jackie Howarth, Volunteer Committee Lead – Oriana John, and Advocacy Committee Lead – Christy Ferguson helped check in attendees and hand out pajamas to the youth.

Fostering Youth Independence is an amazing organization that helps youth leaving the foster care system feel safe, connected and loved.  FYI’s mission is to equip foster youth to complete post-secondary education and become successful, independent adults.

Supporting Bridge to Home February 2023

Clockwise from top: Karen Maleck-Whiteley receives donations on behalf of Bridge to Home; Jackie Howarth and Beth Ryan volunteering at Soup for the Soul, Jackie, Oriana John, Beth, and Karen at the Soup for the Soul Event.

Cultivating our close ties with Bridge to Home.  The Service & Advocacy Committee collected toiletries and coordinated a sock drive for the February  2023 Business Meeting where club members donated 100 pairs of socks.  Club member Karen Maleck-Whiteley, who also serves as Bridge to Home's Board of Directors Vice President, happily received our donations.

On February 26th, Bridge to Home held their annual Soup for the Soul fundraiser. The club provided a Japanese themed basket for the silent auction, thanks to a generous donation from club member Darleen Lyons.  We also had club members Jackie Howarth, Oriana John, and Beth Ryan volunteer during the event.

 

Fostering Youth Holiday Party Dec 2022

The Zonta Club of Santa Clarita Valley teamed up with ITT Aerospace Controls, Canyon High School Z Club, and Golden Valley Z Club to provide gifts and goodies for the Fostering Youth Independence (“FYI”) annual holiday party held on Saturday, December 10, 2022.  There were over 70 youth participating in the FYI program this year.  ITT Aerospace Controls donated filled stockings complete with $20 Target gift cards for all FYI youth. Stocking stuffer items included phone battery chargers, keychains with an alarm, tissues, ITT Aerospace branded pads of paper and stress balls, nail clippers, hand cream, cozy socks, and a $20 Target gift card.  The Canyon High School Z Club and Golden Valley Z Club students rallied their communities to collect chapstick and tic tacs to include in the stockings.  Close to twenty baker elves baked homemade cookies and other goodies, which were then packaged up and given to each youth and ally at the Holiday Party.  It was thrilling for our Zonta elves, Lois Bauccio, Cherise Moore, and Beth Ryan, to see how excited the youth were to receive these wonderful gifts and goodies.  Zonta Club of SCV members, Golden Valley Z Club members, and TEAM Referral Network - SCV Boss Ladies all contributed to this community collection of goodies.  A warm thank you to Christine Sexton for hosting the cookie bagging bonanza at her home!

Foster youth do not often have an opportunity to just “be kids” and to be given things like a holiday stocking or homemade cookies from people who care about them. Zonta SCV has partnered with FYI for several years to help make this a special party for these deserving young people.

We would like to send a huge thank you to everyone who contributed and made this project a success and so meaningful for the FYI youth.

Fostering Youth Independence (FYI) was founded in 2017 by three Santa Clarita women who saw a need and shared a passion to help the underserved population of foster youth leaving the Los Angeles County foster care system without having been adopted or reunified with their birth parents. Emancipated foster youth are often the target of sex trafficking and other crimes. The mission of FYI is to equip foster youth to complete a post-secondary education and become successful, independent adults, and Zonta SCV is proud to partner with them in their important work.

Single Mother's Outreach - Mother's Day Event 2022

Helping mothers feel special for Mother's Day!

In addition to serving the mothers for their special day, we provided three lovely baskets and two hand-crocheted blankets for their luncheon raffle!
Thank you for making donations that kicked off the inspiration for the baskets. The pretty floral baskets were filled with lotions, soaps, slippers and other self-care items.

Zontians Volunteer at the Child and Family Center’s “Taste of the Town” Event

On May 1st, a group of Zontians volunteered at the Child and Family Center's "Taste of the Town" fundraiser event at the Blomgren Ranch on Sierra Highway.  What a wonderful event!  Although it was very warm and sunny, the guests had an amazing afternoon. The food was incredible!  A great time was had by all, and all for a great cause!

Zoe International's Road of Justice Finish Line Treats

On Saturday, April 2nd, members of the Service Committee, joined by Club President Nicole Miller and members from both Z Clubs (Golden Valley and Canyon High School), volunteered at Zoe International’s Road of Justice cycling event.  On Monday, March 28th a group of 20 cyclists left San Francisco for a cycling journey down the California coast with Valencia Heritage Park in Santa Clarita as the finish line.  Zontians and Z Club members cheered the cyclists as they crossed the finish line and then handed out ice cream bars and frozen fruit bars to everyone in attendance.  It was a small event, but obviously a very special event to Zoe International.  The organization’s founders and top executives were there as well as many staff members from the local facility in Acton.  All participants and attendees enjoyed the frozen treats.  It was a lovely afternoon and we were honored to be part of such a heartwarming event.  Many thanks to everyone who volunteered!

Donation of Self-Care Items to Bridge to Home

We collected a donation of self-care items to donate to Bridge to Home.  According to Bridge to Home representatives, the timing could not have been better because they were out of nearly everything!

 

We donated:

  • 59 - Shampoo & Conditioner Items
  • 49 - Dental Floss
  • 47 - Lotions
  • 34 - Soaps & Body Wash Items
  • 8 - Toothbrushes
  • 4 - Lip Balms
  • + Several Other Misc. Skin Care Items

Thank you to all who made donations to help Bridge to Home!

Human Trafficking Survivor Backpack Project

Human trafficking is the fastest growing criminal enterprise in the world.  Women and girls are overwhelmingly the victims of sex trafficking.  Zonta International USA Caucus in connection with the United Nations is working to end human trafficking.  Our club is contributing locally by working with local law enforcement to support survivors of human trafficking.  This project will provide backpacks full of personal comfort items that will be distributed by law enforcement crisis responders to rescued human trafficking survivors.

Believe. Build. Be.

The LifeForward program offers monthly skill-building workshops that concentrate on topics useful to women and girls of varying ages and interests. These include job search and application topics, parenting, self-care, mental health support, and financial education. Subject Matter Experts provide their expertise, knowledge and skills to promote empowerment and self-sufficiency.

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In partnership with the local Boys and Girls Club, Zonta sponsors Girls' Robotics. It is designed to foster interest and skills in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields. Girls, ages 9-14, learn to design, program and control fully-functional Lego Mindstorm Robots.

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Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women

Check out our advocacy and awareness projects to see how we are advocating for women and girls.

"Through the Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women campaign, Zonta clubs around the world are uniting to raise their voices to bring awareness to this issue and advocate on behalf of gender-based violence survivors."

– Sharon Langenbeck, Zonta Past International President 2020-2022