Building for the Future

District 4 Service

To ensure membership within Zonta International our District and D4 clubs must have a standing Service committee to comply with the mission of empowering women worldwide through service and advocacy.

Service & Partnerships

The 2018 – 2020 biennium is continuing to provide opportunities for Zonta clubs to partner with another charitable organization(s) or business(es) through services projects to directly improve women’s and girls’ lives in our communities, to strengthen the link between Zonta’s local, and international levels and promoting the good name of Zonta at the local level.

GUIDELINES for Service Projects

Guidelines have been developed to ensure club projects are meeting criteria set out by Zonta International and our District.

Affiliation with other Organization Policy

Affiliation with Other Organizations Policy has been developed by Zonta Internationaland must be adhered to by D4 clubs.

Affiliation with other organizations guidelines

Affiliation with Other Organizations Guidelines has been developed by Zonta International and must be adhered to by D4 clubs.


Promoting Service Projects

District 4 continues to promote the long-standing birthing kit service project designated by Zonta International for clubs. ZI also encourages clubs to develop new projects to refresh members’ involvement and to offer a service unique to their own community.

To encourage service project development Zonta International recognizes such projects at Convention. The Zonta Service Recognition Awards will recognize six (6) of the most outstanding service projects carried out by clubs and up to three (3) organised by districts.

District & Club Project

Birthing Kits

D4 is continuing to promote the assembly of birthing kits for women in developing countries.  The delivery of the kits has been primarily through Medical Women International Association in the D4 USA, a small number by their Canadian members.  While World Vision is the primary D4 Canadian distributor with a number of smaller organizations also assisting in the distribution.

Club Project

Free The Girls

Free The Girls (FTG) is a US non-profit organization that exists to help women rescued from sex trafficking reintegrate into their communities.

FTG currently has programs in Mozambique, El Salvador, and Costa Rica. In each of those countries FTG have partnered with an existing local organization already providing services to sex trafficking survivors. FTG provides the “economic empowerment” part of reintegration.

FTG is not a District 4 project. Some clubs in D4 US have chosen to participate in bra collection and shipment to FTG.

FTG organization is seeking charitable status in Canada.  At this time, District 4’s approved transportation carrier is expensive and alternated shipping options are being investigated. D4 Service is asking Canadian D4 clubs to refrain from bra collection until further notice.  Contact D4 Service committee for additional information.

ZC of Guelph’s ‘So They Can Go Home’ Moccasin Making Service/Advocacy Project.

Club Projects

Promoting Your Club’s Service Projects

District 4 Service & Communications Committees are encouraging clubs to be recognized for the valuable work you do and share best practices with other clubs.  Let’s be efficient and effective in our practices and avoid “re-inventing the wheel.”  Send us an outline of your project, images and a club contact person for us to post here on our D4 Service web page.  Tweak or develop a new project for your club to refresh members’ involvement and to offer a service unique to your community.

District 4 Service Committee

D4 Spring Meeting/Workshop Service Presentation

District 4 Service presented at this year’s spring workshop. Presentation topics included:

  • What Responsibility do Clubs and District have to ZI?
  • Communications & Terminology
  • Checking out D4 Club Service Projects
  • Posing Questions and Having Difficult Conversations
  • How Can we be Effective, Efficient, and Engaging so that Our Projects are an Enjoyable Experience?
  • Let’s Chat!

Summer 2019. Tanandava where ZI members met with cash transfer recipients and mother leaders in the community.

ZI  2018 – 2020 Service Projects

Let Us learn Madagasgar

Let Us Learn is an integrated education program that is creating opportunities for vulnerable and excluded children, particularly girls, in Madagascar. The interventions included in this project are designed to help girls realize their right to an education in a secure and protective environment. The program will be implemented in two target regions—Androy and Atsimo Andrefana—supporting girls’ transition from primary to lower secondary school and ultimately reducing poverty.

Investing in lower secondary school education is an entry point to addressing barriers to equity and a means to improving the overall social sector performances of the country. Let Us Learn’s integrated approach engages several sectors— education, social protection, child protection and sanitation in order to address the broader challenges faced by adolescents, particularly girls.

Eid Bi Eid (Hand in Hand)

Eid bi Eid is a multi-year initiative to support the government of Jordan to address issues of employment and gender inequality, exacerbated by the impact of the Syrian refugee crisis.

The project began in 2015 to support the immediate needs of refugee women and vulnerable Jordanian women affected by the crisis. The second phase, which began in 2017, utilizes a resilience framework for achieving gender equality and women’s empowerment goals and promotes individual and community ability to absorb shock. This is done through the provision of livelihoods opportunities and protection support for refugee women living in camp and non- camp settings, as well as Jordanian women living in hosting communities.

2018 – 2020 Biennium

Clubs and districts will celebrate Zonta’s anniversary in a way that suits their culture, their means and particular purposes. In addition to this, everyone is invited to experience ONE Zonta. For November 2019 and especially 8 November, there will be a common action that all clubs and members are asked to join in.

The Centennial Anniversary Grants are an innovative way of celebrating the local service and advocacy that clubs do in their communities. Centennial Anniversary Grants will be available to like-minded charity organizations who partner with a Zonta club. This will provide a great opportunity for Zonta clubs working with another charitable organization to directly improve women’s and girls’ lives in their community. The program will increase the impact of the club’s activities in their communities while also strengthening the link between Zonta’s local and international levels and promoting the good name of Zonta at the local level.

D4 Centennial Anniversary Grant Recipients

A total of US$296,271 will be disbursed to 62 community-based organizations in 18 countries, partnering with a Zonta club to improve the lives of women and girls at the local level.

District 4 Grantees are:

ZC of Kitchener-Waterloo is partnering with Sexual Assault Support Centre of Waterloo Region for the KW Zonta Poster Project.

ZC of Niagara Falls, NY is partnering with Pinnacle Community Services for the Zonta Fresh Start Initiative for Passage House Project.

ZC of Rochester is partnering with Resolve of Greater Rochester, Inc. for the Improving Safety and Empowering Intimate Partner Violence Survivors Project.

Almost 300 applications were received from 41 countries for the Centennial Anniversary Grant program, which was initiated to celebrate Zonta’s 100thyear of service to women and girls.

Congratulations to the Zonta clubs of Kitchener-Waterloo, Niagara Falls, NY & Rochester, as well to all clubs who submitted grant proposals!

Let’s Build Something

Your message will be directed to the D4 Service Committee.

Zonta District 4