Service & Advocacy

The mission of the Joliet Zonta Club of the Joliet Area is to advance the status of women locally and globally. The club, made up of professional women in the Joliet area, is a service based and raises funds through their annual February fundraiser. The money Zonta raises goes toward scholarships, international projects, and local charities.

The Joliet Zonta Club of the Joliet Area sponsors a local charity every two years. During those two years, the club’s members provide service hours, complete special projects and provide 1/3 of their annual fundraiser to that group. Since 1976, the Club has contributed over $100,000 in donations and/or volunteer service to the following local organizations:

  • 5K Walk for Will Grundy Medical Clinic

  • Amelia Earhart Fellowship Awards Program and Aerospace Scholarship

  • Amelia Earhart Memorial Statue bronzing project in California

  • American Women posters to Local Libraries

  • Anne Frank Village Project

  • Big Sisters and Crisis Line

  • Bridges to a New Day

  • Catholic Charities 

  • Center for Disability Services

  • Daybreak Shelter

  • Drug Coordination and Information Council for Big Sisters

  • Easter Seals

  • Educational Projects in Phillippines

  • Eliminating Pediatric HIV infections in Rwanda

  • Gang Busters

  • Groundwork of Joliet

  • Guardian Angel Home/Guardian Angel Community Center

  • Habitat for Humanity  

  • Habitat for Humanity Restore

  • Jabreel Learning Center in Afghanistan

  • Jane M. Klaussman Scholarship

  • Joliet Area Community Hospice

  • Joliet Junior College Scholarship

  • Joliet Public Library 

  • Joliet Public Library Books on Women's topics  

  • Lamb's Fold Women's Center

  • Legal Aid

  • March of Dimes Walk America Campaign

  • Marian de Forest Fund

  • New Lenox Public Library

  • Prairie State Legal Services

  • Rialto Holiday Wreaths

  • Sexual Assault Kits for Joliet Area

  • Sheltering Arms 

  • Special Olympics

  • Tri-County Alcoholism Rehabilitation Center

  • Trinity Services

  • UNICEF for shallow wells in Sri Lanka

  • UNICEF South Africa Girls Education Project

  • UNIFEM - United Nations Development Fund for Women

  • United Cerebral Palsy

  • Vocational teacher training school for Jordanian refugee girls

  • Will County Center for Community Concerns - purses and personal supplies for homeless women

  • Will County Legal Assistance Program (WCLAP)

  • Will Grundy Medical Clinic

  • YMCA Teen Achievers


For the past few years, the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area has contributed funds which directly support women in Herat, Afghanistan.  At the very active AIL (Afghan Institute of Learning) Jebreel Learning Center in Herat, the majority of its 1,477 students are female.  Some 19 types of classes are offered.  These include the very popular literacy courses and tailoring courses, embroidery, English, computers, miniature painting, beautician training, etc.  There is also a preschool.  Jebreel has become a valuable networking base for women and girls.  It costs $25 per student for a six month class.  Thus for every $1,000 our club provides, 40 Afghan women are able to study at the Jebreel Learning Center.

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