History

Zonta International was founded in November 1919 and has since grown to include over 1200 clubs in 60+ countries around the world.  The Zonta Club of Northampton Area (club number 128) was founded in 1934.

Over the years . We have provided scholarships for women and girls through Zonta International programs and Girls, Inc. of Holyoke. We have supported local and international advocacy and health programs such as Care Center, Cancer Connection, Men’s Resource Center, the Ghana Health Mission and Jenna Project. We have also purchased a goat for a Haitian family or supported a Haitian family financially each of the past several years.

In recent years we have helped a number of local agencies that support local women, including Motherwoman postpartum groups, Care Center, Cancer Connection, Tapestry Health, Safe Passage and the Marigold Fund.

We have been involved in various programs to eliminate domestic violence and human trafficking. We along with two other Zonta clubs in the valley coordinated a well-received, informative program, “Through the Eyes of a Child”, about the effects of domestic violence on children.

We have also provided awards and scholarships to area high school and college students through Zonta International program for Young Women in Public Affairs Award and the Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarship. In the past we funded scholarships through Girls Inc., and in our earlier history, scholarships to women returning to school after raising their families.

Our club also supports the many international service projects and educational programs of Zonta International by contributing some of our funds to the Zonta International Foundation. These programs also support work towards eliminating violence against women and human trafficking, pay inequity, and other ills that weigh heavily on women.