Longview’s Zonta Club recently held its Holiday luncheon at the Maude Cobb Activity Center.  The keynote topic was the distribution of its Service Grant money.  This is the best time of the year to be giving back to the community, and thinking of others.
For more than 36 years Zonta has used its March Antique Show and Sale to raise funds for Service Grants and scholarships.  This year the club stuck closely to the Zonta international campaign for furthering the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional welfare of women while also working to end violence against women from the community to the global levels.
This year’s grants totaled $17,000 and went to:

• Longview Interfaith Hospitality Network to finance child care for homeless women and female heads of households as they seek and commence new jobs.

• Parenting Resource Center of East Texas to fund its Home Front program aimed at ending the cycle of domestic violence and establish and maintain stable homes for women and children.

• Longview Habitat for Humanity to finance the Dave Ramsey Course for partner families to further financial self-sufficiency.

• Friends of Partners in Prevention to support its sexual assault prevention project through specialized mentors.
• Stragent Foundation/D.O.R.S. project–“Mind, Body, Soul” A Makeover From the Inside Out,” to educate families on how to achieve economic security.

In addition, the Longview Zonta Club makes additional contributions to the Zonta International Foundation to fund its worldwide projects to advance the status of and respect for women and to eradicate anti-female violence.  In April the club will present scholarships to young women as they graduate from high school, and to female heads of households.  Furthermore, Zonta members take part in a monthly service project.  Members bring filled stockings to the Holiday Luncheon so resident local non-profit agencies can distribute these gifts to Gregg County’s less fortunate children.

LIHN Director Doris Ramaly receives a grant from ZONTA while other grantees look on.