The Period Project
We are working on a heartfelt project to help women living in poverty deal with the monthly financial and physical burden of a period. Products are costly and are not covered by SNAP or WIC. We create "kits" for area shelters or service centers to give to women in need. Below is a list of what we're collecting. To give, see below, we take both funds or supplies to contribute to this project.
• Sealed Boxes of Pads or Tampons
• Panty Liners
• Cleansing Wipes
• Hand Sanitizers and/or Soap
• New Pairs of Underwear (Any Size)
You can drop donations off BEFORE 3/16/19 to Zontian Sandy Carroll @ The Berkshire County Board of REALTORS, 99 West St, 2nd floor of the TD Bank Building in Pittsfield MA, or to ANY Zontian listed below or call Preiod Project Chair Vickie Palardy at 413-281-6083 for pick up. Thank you!
Suit YourSelf Clothing Drive
Many people entering or re-entering the work force these days either don't know how to dress for a job interview, or can't afford the types of clothes that they need to make a good impression. The Suit YourSelf program is here to help - but we need your help too.
At our clothing drive, we ask you to please donate new or gently used clothing (business professional and/or neat casual) and accessories to the program so that job seeks have proper attire for both an interview and also after they receive a job offer. This is a free service and includes coaching on interview skills and fittings.
Suit YourSelf is a local initiative started in 2005 by a cooperative effort of local community organizations including Zonta of Berkshire County, the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, Berkshire Business and Professional Women, Berkshire Community Action Council, the Christian Center, Mature Workers Inc. and the Corporation for Public Management.
Caring for Our Community
At each monthly meeting, Zontians give to various organizations and committee drives to help improve the lives of women in Berkshire County. For example,
- Period Project Donations of supplies to help homeless or struggling women deal with this monthly burden.
- Food and Can Good Drive for the Christian Center of Berkshire County
- Toiletry Collection of soaps, shampoos and personal hygiene items for women in shelters or obtaining transitional assistance.
- Special Projects like the Green Baby Blanket Collection in memory of Zontian Mary Casella's grandaughter, Ivy Russell.