Service and Advocacy
Our purpose is to work together with Zonta International to promote the status of women in our community and worldwide.
Our shared vision is to be visible, active participants in serving our community.
We strive to support the education and literacy of women.
We strive to encourage leadership and development of women.
We strive to provide assistance in improving the quality of life for women.
We strive to honor women for their significant contributions and achievements.
We strive to be mentors for women in our community.
We strive to help empower them in their lives.
We strive to eliminate violence against women locally and internationally.
We strive to support women’ s health and well being.
We have service projects both big and small.
From Done-in-a-Day volunteering time and supplies to larger events like our annual Film Festival.
Zonta Club of Berkeley / North Bay and Beyond
Works to Support H.E.A.T. Watch
What is HEAT Watch?
HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Watch is a nationally recognized, award-winning program created by the Alameda County District Attorney's Office to combat human trafficking on a collaborative, multi-disciplinary, and regional basis. HEAT Watch seeks to prevent and combat human trafficking in all of its forms with a five point strategy designed to support victims and those at-risk; engage community members and raise awareness; train law enforcement and other first responders; prosecute traffickers and purchasers; and change legislative policy and identify best practices.
United States Senator Diane Feinstein stated “HEAT Watch is a one of a kind program that takes a comprehensive approach to dealing with a crime that victimizes some of the most vulnerable members of our society.”
United States Congresswoman Jackie Speier declared “HEAT Watch is the national gold standard,” and urged that it be replicated throughout the region."
Zonta Service to Our Community
Our service projects consist of volunteering time, in-kind donations, sponsorships and fundraising for local groups. Some of those we have worked with include:
Berkeley Women’s Daytime Drop-in Center
Berkeley Food and Housing
Saint Vincent’s Day Home
First Place Funds for Youth
Chabot Space & Science Center Techbridge Program
Girl Scout Troop - Berkeley
YWCA - Berkeley
Girl’s Softball - Albany
Doctors to Africa for Fistula Surgery Repair
Preparation and serving of Sunday brunch for homeless women at the Berkeley women’s shelter
Collection of household supplies for women living at Elizabeth House in Oakland –a cooperative housing program for women and their children who are homeless due to violence and addiction
Financial support for the Chabot Space & Science Center’s Techbridge Program – an afterschool math, science and engineering program for local middle school girls
Distribution of books about Bessie Coleman, an early African-American pilot, to classroom teachers and librarians around the East and North Bay. This unique service project helped “get the word out” about women in aviation and offers a positive role model for young girls in our community.
Special Thanks to Our Sponsors
Designs for women who demand comfort
Elder Care Alliance
Anonymous Friends of Zonta