From combating food insecurity to affordable housing initiatives, Zonta Club of Traverse City is working to provide opportunities to elevate the status of local women—and they need your help. Learn how you can support Zonta and other Northern Michigan nonprofits featured in MyNorth GIVE 2021.

It’s no secret that the pandemic has hit women particularly hard—the struggle to work without childcare and the stress of having school-aged children at home has meant women losing work, leaving work, juggling remote work or trying to get to essential jobs in the workplace.

Fortunately, Zonta Club of Traverse City has their backs. With a mission to empower women through service and advocacy, this fearless group of nonprofit leaders, professionals and passionate advocates has doubled down this past year. They’ve recruited even more members, funded and supported the work of local nonprofits, and are at the ready to help area women create lasting change in their lives and families.

As advocates, members participate in Zonta Club’s international campaign to prevent violence against women and support gender equity, as well as fund nonprofits with annual grants. “What we’re doing is putting our muscle behind the local organizations who are in the trenches working for the wellbeing of women and children,” says Zonta Club of Traverse City member Dayna Ryan.

Efforts include offering hands-on service and support with local initiatives to address hunger and food insecurity, helping build affordable housing for families, supporting literacy for children, promoting breast cancer prevention and providing opportunities for young girls in the fields of science and technology.

Zonta offers annual scholarships and awards that go directly to helping women of all ages reach their goals and educational dreams. In addition, Zonta offers opportunities and financial awards to exceptional women and girls in public affairs and leadership. “The goal is to encourage and recognize these women striving to the highest levels of personal accomplishment,” says Rhonda Estes, Zonta Club of Traverse City president.

Zonta is seeking passionate advocates to join them as members in their work to help elevate the status of local women. You can also support Zonta’s efforts at their annual Festival of Trees on November 12–13. Find out more at

This Article Was First Featured in Northern Michigan GIVE 2021

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