Zontians are encouraged to complete at least 20 service hours per year. We have a wide variety of opportunities in which members may participate, and more projects may be added through the year as the needs of the community arise. Our current list of service opportunities include the following:
Cape Adult Education and Literacy Program
The club helps annually with the AEL graduation reception held at the Career and Technology Center.
Cape High School Women of Excellence Youth Mentoring Program
CHS Young Women of Excellence helps about 15 girls find opportunities to learn life management skills, do uplifting work and activities in their communities and meet female leaders in the area. It also establishes a strong peer group for girls who are seeking to improve themselves.
Care to Learn-Cape Public School Backpack program
As a club, we deliver backpacks with food items every Thursday to Clippard Elementary school throughout the academic year for kids who are in need to take home to their families. Learn more about this program on the Care to Learn - Cape Girardeau Facebook page.
CTC-School of practical nursing
The club provides a $500 scholarship to a female student in the LPN Program at the Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center. The scholarship is given based on need and understanding.
Haiti Project - Empowering Women through Education and Support
Zonta Club of Cape Girardeau recognized the importance of reaching beyond our borders to address the challenges of poverty, inequality and violence against women. In 2011 our club began mission trips to Croix des Bouquet in Haiti. Since then, we have made a tremendous impact on medical & dental health services, education, skill building, and support. Learn more by clicking here.
Hope Children’s Home
We provide funds to the Hope For One More Children's Home in Jackson, MO. We also help by cleaning up the home and grounds when needed.
Memorial Service for Women Murdered in Missouri
The service is annually held at the Liberty Corner of Capaha Park. We welcome your support during a Candlelight Vigil to honor the women who lost their lives to gender-based violence in the last year.
Missouri Girl’s State
Girl’s State promotes pride in America, and creates a mythical state that the citizens (high school girls) govern at the city, county and state level. We provide 3 scholarships for attendees from Jackson High School and 3 scholarships for attendees from Cape Girardeau High School.
Safehouse for Women
We support the VintageNOW Fashion Show that raises funds for the Safehouse for Women. VintageNOW is a fun filled evening packed with entertainment and most importantly EMPOWERMENT to all who participate and attend. Truly a magical event benefiting the Safe House of Southeast Missouri.
Saint Francis-Pink Up Cape
The club assists with the annual Pink Up Cape event which raises breast cancer awareness and provides free mammograms in Cape Girardeau.
SEMO University Foundation
Through the University Foundation, we provide a non-traditional female student with a $1,000 scholarship to attend Southeast Missouri State University. This is based off of need and academic standing.
SEMO Walk for Women
This event raises funds for Southeast Missouri State University female athlete scholarships. The SEMO Walk for Women takes our Zontians around campus and provides interaction with some of the athletes that receive the scholarships.
Southeast Missouri Food Bank
This organization provides food assistance for children in the Southeast Missouri area. A Better Childhood (ABC) Mobile Food Pantries, pantries held exclusively for school students and their families, help respond to those needs. The food distributions are usually held on school campuses or at other community-friendly sites.
Southeast Missouri Network Against Sexual Violence
SEMO NASV has a mission to educate the community about child abuse. Over the past 20 years, Green Bear has educated thousands of adults and kids about the dangers, warning signs and prevention of child abuse through our various programs.
"Zonta says No"
This is a global campaign to raise awareness of and increase advocacy actions to end violence against women and girls around the world.
Zonta International Service Projects
Zonta International not only advocates for women's human rights and gender equality in all facets of life, we also partner with UN agencies to financially support projects to empower women and girls to understand their rights and realize their full potential.
These projects are part of the International Service Program (ISP) and Zonta International Strategies to End Violence Against Women (ZISVAW) Program and are voted on at the International Convention every two years.
Zonta International Projects have focused on issues such as:
- Equality and human rights
- Economic empowerment
- Gender-based violence