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. 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.
One in five American women can't afford menstrual supplies and toiletries. This inability creates barriers to education, employment and social connections. Feeling shame, some girls stay home from school during their periods, while women miss work, often losing wages. Government benefits like SNAP don't cover these necessities and they are rarely donated. Each Dignity Tote holds a month’s supply of sanitary pads and tampons, toothpaste and a toothbrush, a bar of soap, deodorant and shampoo.
These bags are life-changing for the individual giving them a sense of respect and self-worth. Women, girls and all menstruators gain confidence and thrive when they can engage in daily activities without worrying about their periods. Studies among girls who receive monthly totes have shown that there is 23% less school missed due to lack of menstrual products, women report they miss fewer work hours each month, teen athletes do not miss practice and/or games. Recipients are able to plan their daily schedules without interruption.
Hear fascinating speakers, pack totes for those in need, and build relationships while staying on top of period poverity issues in our community.
Join a generous group of people by helping others in need in our community. Our collective philanthropy enriches our own lives while improving the lives of others.
Contact Gayle Braunstein at 908.758.2002 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Jewish Family Service of Somerset, Hunterdon, and Warren Counties (JFS) operates as a non-profit, social service agency. JFS is based on Jewish values to preserve and strengthen the quality of individual and family life for those of all faiths and beliefs in our tri-county community.
Incorporated in 1982, the Food Bank Network of Somerset County, Inc. is a non-governmental, non-sectarian, 501(c)3 not-for-profit public benefit organization. For the past 40 years The Food Bank has been responding to the needs of the food insecure in Somerset County, New Jersey.
The Flemington Area Food Pantry is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. The Flemington Area Food Pantry provides food and personal care items to people in Hunterdon County who are food insecure.
Dignity Grows is Chaired by Jacki Skole