WELCOME TO THE ZONTA CLUB OF
SANIBEL/CAPTIVA ISLAND, FLORIDA
Zonta International (ZI, founded in 1919) is a global service organization of executives
and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through
service and advocacy. ZI supports projects that improve women's legal rights, health,
education, economic status; end violence against women, and enhance women's self esteem. Nearly 31,000 members belong to more than 1,200 clubs in 65 countries.
Locally, Zonta of Sanibel/Captiva, established in 1987, is an active and award-winning
club providing hands-on assistance, advocacy, and funding to strengthen women's lives
on the islands, in Lee County, and around the world through Zonta International. The
70-plus members who live and work on the islands stand behind a commitment that,
as successful women, we have opportunities and resources that should be used to
enhance our community.
Our club has been awarded the prestigious "Governor's Cup" in recognition of a club
that has "exemplified ideals and objectives of Zonta International" 5 of the last 6 years,
also winning as runner up the 6th year.
Professionals and community leaders who live and/or work on the islands and support
the mission of Zonta are eligible for membership. The Club has breakfast meetings on
the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of the month. If you are interested in learning more about
membership, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
OUR CURRENT THEMES FOR
SERVICE, ADVOCACY AND FUNDING INCLUDE:
We are currently focusing on 5 service programs:
Addiction, Recovery and Mental Health Services for Women
Zonta is providing grant funding and active service to two Lee County agencies: Southwest Florida Addiction Services (SWFAS), and Abuse Counseling and Treatment (ACT).
Educating and Supporting At-Risk Girls and Women
The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva provides grant support to the PACE Center for Girls of Lee County. One of 17 PACE centers in this unique Florida program for at-risk girls ages 12 – 18, the Lee County PACE Center operates a non-residential accredited alternative school in Fort Myers under guidelines...
Human Trafficking Awareness
Since 2004, this Zonta Club has taken a leadership role in spearheading community action and awareness in the fight against human trafficking. Through participation in Lee County activities with law enforcement, human service agencies, faith congregations, and Florida Gulf Coast University, together with programs and presentations to Zonta clubs...
Literacy and English-as-a-Second-Language
The Zonta Club of Sanibel-Captiva provides grants and direct service to improve Lee County women’s literacy, especially among Hispanic women as parents of young children, for whom English is the second language. Literacy skills make an impact on two generations in a family; for young children, being read to...
Serving Women on the Island (SWOTI)
Being compassionate and involved advocates and volunteers for women on Sanibel and Captiva has been a continuing commitment for Zonta. The club has partnered with three island organizations to provide grants that help low-income women, and to offer upbeat social and informational sessions that share friendship and expertise.
This year is the 25th anniversary of the chartering of our club.
Click here to view a history of our great leadership