Our Other Service Activities

Many of our members joined our club specifically because they enjoy helping others and improving the communities we live in. This enthusiasm explains why we are committed to coordinating numerous efforts that support women and girls. Beyond our larger annual events, there are a number of smaller scale volunteer activities we lead that are a significant component of our club's mission.

 

Below you can find more information about some of our most recent activities.

BRALAPOLOZA

Dig deep into your drawers, and gather up those old bras!
Let's put them to use, 
for a really good cause.

According to Free The Girls, an estimated 20 million to 37 million men, women and children are being held as slaves around the world — more today than in any other time in history. The majority of these slaves are women and girls – many of whom are victims of sex trafficking. Established in 2010, Free The Girls partners with established after-care facilities to provide an opportunity for sex trafficking survivors to build their own business selling second-hand clothing while going to school, establishing a house, and caring for their families.

Zonta Club of Miami Lakes supports Free The Girls by collecting new and gently-used bras for these women to repurpose into decorative clothing. Women will decorate the bras and open a shop in a local village on a street corner to sell them; allowing them to obtain an income so they can support themselves and their families.

Please gather your old bras- not matter the condition- and contact us to collect them.
 

Esther Colon is the Coordinator of this Zontas of Miami Lakes effort.
The deadline for donating bras is May 22, 2020. Just contact us to make arrangements.

Florida State Attorney's Clothing Closet

Clothing won't change the world.
But the women who wear them will. ~ Anne Klein

Did you know that many people who are rescued from sex trafficking often don’t have anything to wear but what they wore on the streets? While escape means they are safe, it also means they have left all their belongings behind. As a result, many women do not have clothing that they can wear to court or even change into the next day! The Zontas of Miami Lakes supports the Florida State Attorney in Miami-Dade County to help clothe women rescued from sex trafficking through clothing donations. The clothing is placed in a closet that provides rescued women the opportunity to select items that they need.

Helen Brown, Linda Dachs and Laureen Varga are the Coordinators of this Zontas of Miami Lakes effort. The deadline for donating clothing is April 24, 2020. Just contact us to make arrangements.

Miami Lakes Veterans' Day Parade

To our men and women in uniform- past, present, & future- We thank you For your Service.

Across the span of thirty plus years, the Town of Miami Lakes has saluted Veterans with the longest running parade in all of Miami- Dade County. This patriotic parade features more than 3,000 participants including active-duty and retired military, veterans’ groups, local high school and middle school marching bands, JROTC units and more! 

The parade can be viewed from multiple locations along Ludlam Road from Bull Run Road to Eagles Nest. Parade watchers often to show their support by wearing red, white and blue, as well as by waving flags as the parade participants go by.

The Zontas of Miami Lakes supports the Town of Miami Lakes parade as a sponsoring organization. We also  participate in the parade by alongside veterans and active-duty military. Helen Brown, and Sherry Hernandez are the Coordinators of this Zontas of Miami Lakes effort. Just contact us to make arrangements.

Re Thread T- Shirt Campaign

Fairest and best adorned is she whose clothing is humility. ~ James Montgomery

Rethreaded provides a second chance at life through employment for survivors of human trafficking in Jacksonville, Florida. Women have employment opportunities in different facets of the company including production, inventory, sales, marketing and finance/ administration.​ Rethreaded also operates as a distribution company that sells products from like-minded businesses who also employ women who have found freedom from the sex trade.

The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes contributes to the Rethread by collecting t- shirts from members and the broader community to ship to Rethread. These are used for making the products sold by Rethread. Marie Korenstein is the Coordinator of this Zontas of Miami Lakes effort. The deadline for donating t- shirts is April 30, 2020. Just contact us to make arrangements.

UNITED NATIONS 16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM AGAINST GENDER- BASED VIOLENCE 

If the numbers we see in domestic violence were applied to terrorism or gang violence, the entire country would be up in arms, and it would be the lead story on the news every night. ~ Rep. Mark Green, Wisconsin

From November 25th (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) to December 10th(Human Rights Day) we take part in the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence Campaign. It's purpose is to galvanize action to end violence against women and girls around the world. The international campaign originated from the first Women's Global Leadership Institute coordinated by the Center for Women's Global Leadership in 1991.

The Zonta Club of Miami Lakes celebrates this global movement through awareness raising actions that include advocating for local and national government policies that supports women and girls, and leading community education campaigns. Esther Colon and Dorothy Alfano are the Coordinators of this Zontas of Miami Lakes effort.