At the heart of Zonta Club of Hilo's mission is community service

The Service Committee develops and coordinates local service projects, coordinates scholarships, works with LAA on Advocacy, promotes math & science studies among girls, keeps Zonta Club of Hilo service in line with Zonta International goals.

Goals & objectives:

  • Identify local service activities that impact women in our community.
  • Initiate local service projects that meet Zonta’s mission.
  • Promote scholarship among women and girls.
  • Educate the community about the issues in own backyard.
  • Target projects women & girls of all age levels and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • “Small Acts of Service” program.

The 2011-12 biennium

Zonta Club of Hilo selected Hope Services, which was formerly the Care A Van program of the Office of Social Ministry. Hope Services concerns itself with wrangling groups and individuals together to aid Hawaii's people who don't have a place to lay their heads. Whether they live in cars, in tents or in door or alleyways, these homeless are the target of HOPE. Zonta Club of Hilo will be working with the women and children served by HOPE. 

We also continue our scholarship programs and support math & science education by supporting robotics at the elementary and intermediate levels and participating in the annual Ellison Onizuka science day.

The 2010-11 biennium

Zonta Club of Hilo returned to the Neighborhood Place of Puna for its Weinberg Friends service project.  The Neighborhood Place of Puna focuses on the well-being of families and the prevention of child abuse and neglect in the Puna community. NPP is a neighborly place that serves as a hub for joint efforts and collaboration.

In April 2011, Zontians and friends helped Neighborhood Place of Puna mauka office and garden off Kulani Road. We cleaned, dug, planted and assembled hygiene packs. In December 2010 Zontians did hands on cleanup, repair and gardening and assembling hygiene packs for fifty moms at the Pahoa facility of NPP.

The Rose Committee continues maintaining the garden at Hilo Medical Center and the Hands Are Not for Hitting Program continues. 


The 2008-09 biennium

Zonta Club of Hilo adopted Hale Ohana, the domestic abuse shelter on the East Side of Hawaii Island, for a two-year concentration of service. We purchased sturdy wooden dining chairs and collected toiletries and household items for the shelter. We made "Restart" kits that contain a few basics, like dishes and flatware, for families faced with beginning again from scratch.

We did a 'hands-on' work project in both 2008 and 2009 which earned the facility two $10,000 Weinberg grants.

During the '08-09 biennium we continued the “Hands Are Not for Hitting” project in preschools.  Also in 2008 we did an "Adopt a Rural School Project: Sawfar" to help supply children in Lebanon with learning tools.