Zonta Club of Auburn: Grants will help 8 Cayuga County programs | Lifestyles

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Kathy Barnard and Kathy Stenard special for the citizen

May is an exciting and rewarding time of year for the Zonta Club of Auburn.

Money raised through fundraising goes back to our community through scholarships and annual grants that support women in the Cayuga County area.

The Zonta Club of Auburn is pleased to announce the recipients of the following school awards: The Jean M. Coon Scholarship and Young Women in Public Affairs.

Maia Guzalak, a senior from Auburn High School, was selected to receive the Jean M. Coon Award, which is based on volunteerism and humanitarian efforts in the community. Maia is a member of the Z Club and throughout her high school career has been involved in many diverse activities including athletics, leadership and community service, and she has held various elective positions in several organizations.

The Young Women in Public Affairs Scholarship was awarded to Addison Moore, a senior student at Moravia High School. The purpose of this award is to encourage young women to participate in public affairs by recognizing the nominee’s commitment to the voluntary sector, evidence of her accomplishments as a volunteer leader and her dedication to the empowerment of women in around the world through service and advocacy.

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During her high school career, Addison was involved in various activities such as sports and the National Honor Society, received the Girl Scouts Gold Award, and volunteered with the local VFW. Addison’s future education plans include studying architecture and working to provide affordable sustainable housing.

The Zonta Club of Auburn also awarded $4,300 in service grants to eight local service organizations.

The SS. Peter & John Soup Kitchen will use its grant to provide nutritious meals four days a week to up to 2,500 people per month, the majority being women and children.

The Auburn Rescue Mission will use its grant to help women connect to services in our community that will help them gain employment, obtain child care and transportation, and become independent.

The SCAT Van will use its grant to purchase two new vans. Reliable transportation allows older women in Cayuga County to attend medical and personal appointments, and shop for groceries without having to depend on family or friends – an essential part of maintaining their independence.

The grant from the Sexual Assault Victims Advocate Resource of Cayuga County will go towards emergency assistance that will enable victims to obtain services and deal with emergency situations that impact their daily lives after their victimization, for example clothing, toiletries, food and gas cards.

Chapel House’s grant will be used to expand its Welcome Home project. This project aims to provide homeless clients with basic household and personal items, as well as access to the shelter’s clothing and shoe closet.

The Faatz-Crofut Home for the Elderly grant will be used to help support its music programs. Music programs, such as an outdoor concert on the lawn in the summer, provide residents with an opportunity to participate in the community, allowing women to feel they are still an integral part of society.

Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES Daycare will use its grant to purchase sensory items, books and various craft supplies for its early childhood education program. These items will help students in the program teach children to read and recognize numbers, and enhance the overall development of enrolled children.

The Cayuga/Seneca Mobile Food Pantry community action programs will use funds for mobile delivery to homebound and isolated people, including people with disabilities, the elderly, women and their families. Funding will be used to purchase essential non-food household items such as laundry soap, dish soap, toilet paper and paper towels.

The final award goes to the CAP Cayuga/Seneca Domestic Violence Intervention Program. This grant will be used to purchase emergency bags for women fleeing situations of abuse and violence filled with essential items needed to facilitate the departure of victims.

We would like to thank the members of the community who stopped by our site during the Lake Avenue garage sale in Auburn and found great bargains. Proceeds from this event are used to support the various grants we award each year. One hundred percent of this funding stays in Cayuga County and helps local service organizations provide life-changing opportunities for women in our community.

Plus, book October 29, 2022 for our Masked Party at the Ukrainian National Club in Auburn. There will be food, music, raffles, prizes, etc.

If you would like more information on how you can make a difference in our community by joining the Zonta Club of Auburn, please email us at auburn@district2.org.

Kathy Barnard is president and Kathy Stenard is vice president of the Zonta Club of Auburn. For more information, visit zonta.org Where zontadistrict2.orgor email auburn@zontadistrict2.org.

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