As COVID-19 continues, the future has never felt so unpredictable. These are challenging times for us all. While there is a lot of uncertainty, Zonta is continuing to fulfill its mission to support women and girls through community service and advocacy.
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Domestic violence incidences have risen sharply during the COVID-19 pandemic, and staying home is not safe for women and children who are victims of domestic violence.
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic Violence is a pattern of behavior used to establish power and control over another person through fear and intimidation, often including the threat or use of violence. Some signs of an abusive relationship include:
Exerting strict control (financial, social and/or appearance).
Needing constant contact including excessive texts and calls.
Insulting a partner in front of other people.
Showing fear around a partner.
Isolation from family and friends.
Frequent canceling of plans at the last minute.
Unexplained injuries or explanations that don’t quite add up.
What can you do?
Learn the signs of domestic violence and listen without judgment to victims/survivors of sexual assault. Get the facts and know the resources available.
Break the silence. Speak out. Seek help when you see this problem or harassment of any kind in your family, your community, your workplace or school.
Get involved. Volunteer in your community, or donate to a local, state or national domestic violence or sexual assault organization.
Catholic Charities Safe House
In collaboration with the Stewarts/Dake Family Shoppes, Zonta Club of Glens Falls purchased and delivered toys, art supplies, books, and play furniture to Catholic Charities for the children living in their Safe House.
Celebrating 45 Years - Joan Grishkot
Joan Grishkot was recognized by Zonta International for 45 years of service to Zonta. President Frances Bowen and Vice President Lorraine Abess present Joan with the Certificate.
Donna Dolly presented with Zontian of the Year Award
The Zonta Club of Glens Falls presented Donna Dolly with the Zontian of the Year Award. The Past Presidents select a Club member who has exemplified the ideals of Zonta through service and advocacy for the advancement of women.
Donna has chaired the Service Committee for a number of years. This Committee provides in kind service to local charities through the donations of members, as well as monetary support.
Her artistry has an outlet through the baskets she creates for the Silent Auction at the Golf Tournament. This fundraiser is an essential component of Zonta’s fundraising efforts.
Zonta Local Service Committee
Our Local Service Committee presents grants to several projects who align with the mission of Zonta to improve the status of women: Rachel Gartner with the Catholic Charities Organization, Leigha of Guardian House. Members of the Local Service Committee include Chair: Donna Dolly and committee members Dawn Judkins, Cherie Coe, Cindy Fitzgerald, Peg Hurlburt, and Betty Gancher.
Each month, the members of the Zonta Club of Glens Falls do an in-kind donation. In October, members brought donations for Victory's Closet, including kitchen items, small appliances, bath towels, sheets, personal hygiene items, and baby items. Victory's Closet is run by Catholic Charities with help from Soroptomist volunteers and assists local domestic violence survivors with starting over. In November, about sixteen bags full of these items were dropped off to Victory's Closet by members of the local service committee, who got to take a tour! We are proud to support this important resource in our community.
Last Updated: 10/7/2020