This year is nothing like what any of us could have predicted. Many personally have hit hard times due to Covid and many of the nonprofit organizations in our community have had a high demand for their services but have suffered financially as well through this pandemic.
As Zonta Club of Bonita Springs – Estero is first and foremost a service organization. Our members decided we had a responsibility to help our community and the organizations that needed help the most. So, we created our summer service project “Stronger Than Covid.” Since we could not come together in big groups, we decided to individually go out into the community and help in whatever way they could to show that both our organization and our community are Stronger Than Covid!
Over the month of September, we will be sharing with you the wonderful things our members have done over the summer and also how you can help.
Interfaith Charities of South Lee
Zonta Member, Amanda Stith, who serves on our Board of Directors as our Club’s Secretary and on our Fundraising Committee, volunteered at the food pantry on multiple occasions for Interfaith Charities of South Lee.
Interfaith Charities food panty will provide clients with 3-5 day supply of food every 30 days. These items include dry, canned and boxed items and other non-perishable foods. Clients may also come every 7 days to pick up bread, sweets, and other perishable foods. They also offer many other services such as financial assistance, free summer lunch for children, meals on wheels and more. Check out their website at icslee.org to find out more about their organization and to donate.
Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation
Zonta Member, Amber Braatz, who serves on our Club’s Fundraising Committee, donated and transported to Orlando equipment needed to grow micro greens in order for Libby’s Legacy to provide healthy foods to breast cancer survivors. You can see pictures of founder Robin Maynard-Harris and some their finished products. The Mission of Libby’s Legacy Breast Cancer Foundation is to provide comprehensive services to the underserved through education, mammograms, and follow-up diagnostics on the journey from diagnosis to survivorship with the compassion to ensure no one fights alone.
Daughters of the Revolution
Zonta Member, Kate Kintz, who serves as a member of our Communications, Marketing & PR Committee, used her expert skills in graphic design to provide serves to local non-profit organizations. Kate donated several hours of her time to provide this essential need to these organizations.
Lee county Schools & Lehigh Community Church
Throughout the summer, Zonta Member, Mary Blackmon, who also serves on our Education Committee, spent Monday – Friday donating and distributing food items through Lee County Schools. She also spent her time volunteering with Lehigh Community Church.
Zonta Member, Brooke Spencer, who serves on our Board of Directors as Treasurer, a member of our Education Committee, and Co-Chair of the Z-Club Committee, donated bags and boxes of goods to Goodwill and other local organizations to help with their mission during these difficult times.
Cafe’ of Life & Harry Chapin Food Bank
Zonta Member, Linda Shull, who serves as a Director on our Board as well as our current Membership Committee Chair, volunteered and donated for Café of Life and Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Café of Life’s purpose is to help in meeting the basic needs of the less fortunate people of Bonita Springs, Florida providing nutritional and supplemental assistance while preserving the dignity of the client.
Harry Chapin Food Bank rescues, inspects, transports and distributes donated food and other grocery products to more than 150 partner agencies and programs that provide direct serves to those in need. They include food pantries, in-school pantries, mobile pantries, senior programs and disaster relief agencies. The Food Bank in SWFL provides food for about 28,000 individuals each week. You can find out more about our local Harry Chapin Food Bank at harrychapinfoodbank.org.
Love That Dress
Zonta Members, Trish Leonard who is our President and Woman of the Year Committee Chair and Zonta member, Mary Blackmon, who serves on our Education Committee, both donated multiple items to Love That Dress.
Love That Dress! Is the ultimate feel good shopping spree of the year offering more than 3,000 new and gently loved dresses, shoes, handbags, and accessories at nominal prices to benefit Pace Center for Girls Lee County.
You can find out how you can donate at lovethatdressleecounty.com.
Into the jordan ministries
Zonta Member, Shannon Fitch, who currently serves on our Board as Vice President/President Elect as well as Chair of the Communication, PR, and Marketing Committee and Co-Chair of our Z-Club Committee made monetary donations to help Into the Jordan Ministries.
Into the Jordan Ministries, is a Christ-centered counseling & wellness program for trafficked & exploited adult women, who live in Fort Myers or Cape Coral, Florida. They strive to empower survivors by providing opportunities for healing, education, employment, & stable housing. Their approach is holistic, trauma-informed & biblically based. They are a publicly founded 501c3, and all services are free of charge. You can find out more about Into the Jordan Ministries or how to donate at intothejordan.org.
The Foundation for lee county public schools
Zonta Member, Amber Braatz, who serves on our Club’s Fundraising Committee, has been donating her time and energy to the works of The Foundation for Lee Country Public Schools. There, she is a mentor for the organization and is currently mentoring a 15 year old girl.
The Foundation for Lee County Public Schools was created to enhance and enrich the quality of public education in Lee Country for students and educators. They are offer several services for the community and you can find out more and how you can help on their website leeschoolfoundation.org.
Zonta Member, Carol Sissman, who serves as a Director on our Board and former Membership Committee Chair, made a donation to Wellfit Girls, which is a non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire, challenge and empower teen girls to climb high in all areas of life through transformational leadership programs.
Wellfit Girls provides a unique and meaningful leadership, fitness and empowerment program specifically designed to empower teen girls to believe they can do anything and to believe in themselves. You can find out more about Wellfit girls and how you can help at wellfitgirls.org.
the bridge fund
Zonta Member, Rebecca Richardson, who also serves on our Fundraising Committee and Women of the Year Committee, made monetary donations to The Bridge Fund which is a Pelican Landing/Colony-based charity.
The Bridge Fund helps children, single parents, families, elderly, students, homeless, and domestic violence and human trafficking victims with critical and basic needs when other resources aren’t available, or when an immediate response is required.
You can find out more about The Bridge Fund at thebridge-fund.org.