The Women’s Philanthropy Division of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, is so grateful to the Women of Vision Society of the Jewish Foundation of Greater New Haven for awarding us a grant for our newly launched Dignity Grows program. Dignity Grows was started in 2019 in Greater Hartford, and it is now a national initiative in over 36 communities and growing every day. Nationally over 22,000 tote bags have been distributed and we have already begun making an impact in our local community.
Dignity Grows empowers our neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies for everybody that needs them. We remove obstacles to better self-esteem and health by providing personal hygiene essentials each and every month. Dignity Grows mobilizes volunteers to organize, assemble, and distribute free, reusable zipper-top totes filled with a month's supply of soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothbrush and toothpaste, along with menstrual products. Federal grant programs don't cover these items, and people often don't think to donate them to food pantries.
Women’s Philanthropy volunteers assemble tote bags and deliver them to our distribution partners who then get them in to the hands of women and girls who need these critical supplies. Our distribution partners are the Diaper Bank of Connecticut, Columbus House, Connecticut Food Bank/Foodshare, Gateway Community College and Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven. As of September 1, 2021, we have distributed 750 tote bags in our community. This program is supported 100% through donations and we will only distribute tote bags as long as we are able to secure contributions to do so. The grant from Women of Vision will help us create 300 tote bags supplying these monthly feminine hygiene products to women in need.