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.

Local Support & Sponsorship
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. This year, the Zonta Club of the Joliet Area selected Guardian Angel Home as its sponsored charity.  Other organizations the club has sponsored include Lambs Fold, Will County Habitat for Humanity and Will County Legal Assistance.

International Support & Sponsorship 
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.