Zonta Club of Grove City aims to empower local women

By Christine Bryant
Staff Writer

Volunteers Karen and Melody put together Valentine Day’s gift bags for children staying with their mothers at Amethyst.

A new organization in Grove City is working to build a better world for local women.

The Zonta Club of Grove City is part of a global organization of experienced professionals who provide service and advocacy to empower women and girls.

“Our local Zonta Club of Grove City is focused on empowering local women with service projects and educational opportunities,” said Joyce Combs, who lives in Grove City and serves on the Club Creators Committee where she works to create new clubs in Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky.

“I moved to Grove City two years ago and was so impressed with the community that I thought this would be a great location to start a new club,” she said.

Combs wants women in the Grove City area to know that there are resources available to them if they’re looking for ways to empower other women or need help themselves.

“We are a global organization of experienced professionals providing service and advocacy to empower women and girls,” Combs said.

The international Zonta organization approved the Grove City club to begin forming and providing service projects to the community last year. The local club should have its official charter status in the next few weeks, Combs said.

In just under a year, volunteers with the organization have served the Mid-Ohio Food Collective, donated Valentine gift bags for children staying with their mothers at Amethyst, and collaborated with the community to collect feminine hygiene items, gloves and socks for women and girls at the Van Buren Homeless Shelter.

The organization is also planning a “Spring Cleaning Collection” to support various organizations that help vulnerable women and girls.

“During the month of April we are asking friends and neighbors for various items that can be donated to organizations in central Ohio such as Sanctuary Night, a safe haven for sexually-exploited women; Maryhaven, an addiction recovery center for women; and Lighthouse, a domestic violence shelter,” Combs said.

Items of need include gently-used clothing for women returning to the workforce, winter coats, scarves, gloves, bath towels, dish towels, and gently-used coffee cups and drinking glasses.

Donations can be dropped off at Transcend Coffee and Roastery, 4050 Broadway, or the Grove City Visitors Center, 3995 Broadway, Suite 100.

Donators can also message the club at zontagrovecity@gmail.com.

“In the local community, we focus on three main points – providing service, advocacy initiatives and scholarship/educational opportunities for women and girls,” Combs said. “We also support legislation to protect vulnerable women and girls, such as from domestic violence or human trafficking.”

In recent years, Zonta clubs have worked with legislators to encourage the passage of bills on human trafficking and domestic violence. The Grove City club invited Laura Lanese, a former State Representative and Grove City council woman, to speak about Ohio’s Ending Child Marriage, an initiative to raise the minimum age for marriage in Ohio.

“We encourage our members to be informed advocates and work with legislators to change policies that benefit women and girls,” Combs said.

Those who want to volunteer or donate to the Zonta Club of Grove City can email at the address listed above or follow the organization on Facebook to learn more about becoming a charter member.

“Are you someone who wants to build a better world for women in Grove City? Zonta Club Grove City is an excellent opportunity to do just that,” Combs said. “Members build long-lasting friendships, are well-informed on issues and belong to an empowered network.”


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