Giving Dignity, Giving Thanks

"We usually have a budget to make things easier for families during the holidays. But this year, due to COVID-19, we have nothing left. Having access to Dignity Totes allows us to support individuals and families with important things like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste. It means everything to them — and to us.” — Dignity Grows™ Distribution Partner

What are you thankful for? For many, it’s the little things: soap, shampoo, and basic hygiene supplies. That’s why last Sunday, volunteers for Federation’s Dignity Grows™ initiative spent the day assembling Dignity Totes filled with hygiene supplies for our neighbors in need. Arriving in several socially distant shifts, over three dozen new and repeat volunteers — many in parent/child teams — safely assembled the totes.

By Tuesday, over 2,000 Dignity Totes filled with a full month's supply of necessities had arrived at Dignity Grows’ nonprofit Distribution Partners across the Greater Hartford area. During these challenging times, and with winter fast approaching, these charities look to Dignity Grows to help meet basic needs. 

Founded in Greater Hartford just 18 months ago by Chair Jessica Zachs and Federation’s Women's Philanthropy, Dignity Grows has already provided over 56,000 hygiene products to our local neighbors in need. And with the recent launch of a nationwide Dignity Grows initiative in partnership with the Jewish Federations of North America’s National Women's Philanthropy Division, the impact keeps on growing!

Just $10 will fill a Dignity Tote for a neighbor in need; click here to donate. For more information, click here or contact Jennifer Schwartzman.

Photo caption: Karen Tuvin and her daughters spent Sunday morning filling Dignity Totes with hygiene products for our neighbors in need.