Our Service Projects

The Zonta Club of Buffalo seeks to promote efforts to improve the lives of women. Zonta works to advance the status of women by:

  • Promoting strategies to prevent violence against women
  • Funding scholarships and awards for women of exceptional ability and talent through the Zonta International Foundation
  • Supporting programs aimed at improving women’s health, safety, and economic and political status through funding by the Zonta International Foundation
  • Encouraging mentorship, friendship, and networking among members
  • Improve the legal, political, economic, health, educational and professional status of women through service and advocacy;


The Service Committee’s goal is to have each Buffalo Zonta member involved in as many service-related projects as possible. We have a role in the following projects:

Women’s Respite Program


Women and Children Buffalo City Mission’s Cornerstone Manor

Cornerstone Manor is 24-hour emergency shelter for homeless women and children. In addition; they have two-year Transitional Housing Program and a Permanent Supportive Housing Program. There are 48 single units and 12 family units. All referrals can be faxed or e-mailed to Anna Isom, Compliance Manager. (P) 716-348-3136 (F) 716-852-5428 E-mail: aisom@buffalocitymission.org

Clothes for Rape Victims

Buckets of Love, International Institute



Zonta Club of Buffalo Gallivan Award

The goal of the Zonta Club of Buffalo’s Gallivan Award recognizes a student who has promoted the goals of Zonta International during their High School Career.

Who is Eligible?

Women who are pre-college students (age 16-20) at the time of application and demonstrate:

  • Evidence of active commitment to volunteerism.
  • High academic skills.
  • Evidence of dedication to advancing the status of women worldwide.

Application Requirements

  • Gallivan-Application 2018
  • Verification of current enrollment by a school official.
  • Two confidential recommendations from adults, not related to the applicant: one from a teacher, and one from an advisor or community leader.
  • Verification of admission to a college. Can be a photocopy of acceptance letter. Supporting documentation not requested will not be considered.



Zonta International seeks to advance the status of women worldwide by improving the legal, political, economic, educational, health and professional status of women at the global and local levels through service and advocacy. With the generosity and collective action of Zontians and friends around the world, Zonta International has supported projects in 46 countries, provided scholarships and awards to women around the globe, and been a powerful advocate for change in our local and international communities, thereby transforming the world and women’s place in it.


Worldwide, 70% of the 1.3 billion poor are women. Zonta International is committed to expanding women’s access to skills training and income-generating activities that lead to sustainable livelihoods and economic independence. To this end, Zonta has supported programs that increase women’s access to financial resources and generate higher wages through the establishment of all-female micro-credit programs, technical skills training and improved techniques in the production and marketing of goods.


Zonta International helps women overcome gender barriers to careers in traditionally male-dominated fields through the Amelia Earhart Fellowships and Jane M. Klausman Women in Business Scholarships. Gender inequality in education, however, begins much earlier in life. Of an estimated 93 million children not in school, 48.4 million are girls. Through Zonta’s International Service Program, Zonta has increased access to educational opportunities and vocational skills training for girls and young women in Africa, Asia, and South America.



In 1995, when the Beijing Platform for Action was adopted, the global average proportion of women in parliament was just 11 percent. Today, women hold 23.5 percent of seats in the world’s national parliaments as of 1 July 2017. Although this figure has doubled in the last 21 years, many barriers remain to women’s political participation and gender parity in political representation across the globe. Recognizing that to bring about sustainable changes that benefit all of humanity, women must have equal participation in the decision-making process, Zonta International established the Young Women in Public Affairs Award in 1990.

The Award recognizes young women, ages 16-19, who demonstrate superior leadership skills and a commitment to public service and civic causes and encourages them to continue their participation in public and political life. For a full list of the eligibility and application requirements, please refer to the application. Ten (10) international scholarships of US$4,000 each and up to 32 district/region scholarships of US$1,500 each are awarded each year.

Since the program’s inception, Zonta has given 846 awards (includes international awards), totaling US$836,750, to 724 young women representing 56 countries.

These awards are made possible through generous donations to the Zonta International Foundation.

To learn more or apply now.