It's the little things.

Dignity GrowsTM empowers our neighbors in need by providing menstrual and hygiene supplies for every body that needs them. We remove obstacles to better self-esteem and health by providing personal hygiene essentials each and every month. Dignity GrowsTM 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. 

Dignity GrowsTM was started in 2019 in Greater Hartford, and it’s now a national initiative in dozens of communities and growing every day. There are now 36 Dignity GrowsTM chapters across North America, which have collectively distributed over 22,000 Dignity GrowsTM Totes to our neighbors in need, including over 9,000 which have already been distributed across CT!

Volunteers and financial contributions are welcome:

  • To learn more or to get involved, please contact Robyn Teplitzky, Interim Women’s Philanthropy Director.
  • Interested in becoming a Distribution Partner? Contact Robyn Teplitzky, Interim Women’s Philanthropy Director
  • To donate, click here. Just $10 will fill a Dignity GrowsTM Tote for a neighbor in need.

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Steering Committee 

Linda Caplan
Betsy Flaherty
Andrea Fleischman
Lauren Miller
Emily Sandberg
Ana White
Leslie Zackin, Chair
Nancy Cohen 

Sami Merit, Women's Philanthropy Chair

Upcoming Events


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Dignity GrowsTM in the News

This Week in Connecticut (May 7, 2023)

Dignity GrowsTM founder Jessica Zachs and COO Jennifer Tolman sat down with Dennis House for WTNH's This Week in Connecticut on Sunday, May 7. They discussed Dignity Grows' meteoric growth, now touting 59 chapters in 25 states that have distributed over 4.5 million menstrual hygiene products, more than any other organization in the country. Watch the full interview for more!


Distribution Partners


Distribution Partners are community agencies and organizations that work with underprivileged and at-risk individuals in the communities they serve. They are the frontline of Dignity Grows™, distributing our Dignity Totes to neighbors in need and identifying new agencies that can benefit from becoming Distribution Partners.

Interested in becoming a Distribution Partner? Contact Robyn Teplitzky, Interim Women’s Philanthropy Director.

The Greater New Haven chapter of Dignity GrowsTM
is a project of: