The Zonta Club of Cheyenne has begun of collaboration with the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners (SANE) by providing 35 Hope Bags. These specially trained nurses are focused on providing safe, compassionate, and confidential care to anyone who has been affected by sexual abuse or sexual violence. These Hope Bags are provided to sexual assault victims after the nurses have completed their forensic examination of the victim. They are filled with clothing and toiletries that are intended to allow the victims to leave the examination with dignity and comfort, as their clothing is generally taken and used as evidence of the suspected crime. The donated bags, sewn and filled by the Zontians, were provided for various sizes of adult women as well as for toddlers.

The bags have been well received. The colorful bags and the kind gesture remind the women that there is a community in Cheyenne that supports them during these traumatic events. Therefore, Zonta Club of Cheyenne intends for this collaboration to continue as one of its on-going projects to raise awareness about and seek prevention of violence against women in our community. If you would like to donate sweat pants, plain t-shirts, underwear or toiletries for the adult bags, or pants, shirts, underwear, toiletries, or a small toy for the toddler bags, please contact Brenda Mathre at bmathre0447@gmail.com or call Zonta Club of Cheyenne at (307) 509-0473. Cash donations of any amount would also be welcomed.

General Information

Founded in 1956, the Zonta Club of Cheyenne is an organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy. Its members have volunteered countless hours of volunteer time and hundreds of thousands of dollars toward local and international projects that advance the status and well-being of women and children. Zonta Club of Cheyenne is a member of Zonta International, a global organization founded in 1919, with 30,000 members in 66 countries and geographic areas.