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Zonta Club of Cortland Awards $7,000 to Local Organizations in Cortland Area


The Zonta Club of Cortland says their organization has donated $7,000 dollars to local organizations within the Cortland area whose goals align with Zonta’s mission. The organization says their mission is to improve the legal, political, economic, educational, health, and professional lives of both women and girls.

Recipients this year included the YWCA Aid to Victims of Violence, the YWCA GEMS (Girls: Empowered, Motivated, Successful), Cortland Free Library’s Dolly Parton Imagination Library, and the League of Women Voters of Cortland.

Money to the YWCA’s Aid to Victims of Violence will go towards helping individuals with emergency needs that are unmet by grant funding. This can include clothing, diapers, and personal items as women work trying to regain their independence free from abuse.

The YWCA’s GEMS is an educational support group for adolescent girls. Funding will go towards supporting objectives for GEMS including supplies, healthy food, and operational expenses.

Zonta will assist with the cover of the cost of books and postage as part of the Dolly Parton Imagination Library that is available through the Cortland Free Library. The Library first became affiliated with the program back in 2015 with 17 children and has grown to 577 children with over 2,000 children having been registered within the 13045 zip code.

The League of Women Voters of Cortland County is a nonpartisan political group that has been active within the county for over 50 years. The league works to empower voters, especially women in speaking out on important issues and to vote. Zonta says the League supports the Students Inside Albany, which is a 4-day long conference for high school students held every spring. Students will shadow and interact with their local representatives with students from across the state and learn how the government works. Zonta says their funding will support a local female high school student attending the Students Inside Albany.

“Zonta’s allocations also include Zonta International’s Service Projects. This fund supports programs that have provided training, education, health, sanitation, agriculture and micro-credit assistance to adolescent girls and women, primarily through projects implemented by the United Nations and other recognized non-governmental organizations. Since 1923 Zonta has contributed more than US 35.9 million to improve women’s health, provide better economic opportunities, and prevent gender-based violence in 71 countries.”

Said Robyn Hayes in a release to X101 News.

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