What We Do

The Zonta Foothills Club of Boulder County is  committed to service and advocacy that supports women and girls.

Education

According to statistics in the 2013 Boulder Community Foundation “Boulder County Trends” report , Boulder is ranked first in the nation for the highest percentage of women with higher education degrees…as women in this community we can be proud of that, but it makes it all the more important that we address this statistic from the Women’s Foundation of Colorado 20113 Status of Women and Girls in Colorado report:

In Colorado, as in the United States as a whole, women with a bachelor’s degree or higher are much less likely than those with lower levels of education to be poor. In the state, 27 percent of women with less than a high school diploma live in poverty, compared with 15 percent of women with a high school diploma or the equivalent, 11 percent of women with some college education or an associate’s degree, and just 4 percent of women with a bachelor’s degree or higher.

We believe it is our obligation to insure educational opportunities for all women and girls in our community. That’s why Zonta Foothills Club created Zonta EducateZ in 2010. Through scholarships, mentorship, advocacy and service Zonta EducateZ makes it possible for girls to stay in school, plan for post secondary educations, attain financial independence, build self-esteem and live safe and healthy lives.

 

Community Service

As a Zonta member you are committed to giving back to the community.  We support other local non-profits in their work to support women through health. education, counseling and countless other avenues.  Our projects include partnering with the Reentry Initiative to help women who are stepping back into the community following incarceration.  Our members donated furniture, home supplies, books and other items to furnish their first transitional housing in Boulder County which is now a home for 4 women.

 

Advocacy

“Zonta Says NO to Violence Against Women” is a Zonta International campaign to raise awareness of and increase actions to end violence against women and girls around the world. We take this international project and expand it into Boulder County through partnerships with MESA (Moving to End Sexual Assault),  Safe House Progressive Alliance for Non-Violence (SPAN)  the Boulder Valley Schools, The Parent Engagement Network, and others.

Most recently we are working with our community partners to educate the community on the challenge of “Parenting in a World with Sexting”. This project was inspired by 2017 legislation signed by Governor Hickenlooper that changed the structure for criminal processing of sexting allegations.  To support our Boulder Count District Attorney’s office, Zonta Foothills organized our community partners to create student training along with parent workshops.

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Partnerships

We have also been the driving force behind the formation of the Women’s Collaborative of Boulder County.  Recognizing the importance of link-minded organizations working together to support women, we started to this group to share goals, plans and updates on legislation and activities to help improve the lives of women in our community.

 

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