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We know that a lack of menstrual supplies and other hygiene items can negatively affect a person's quality of life, making it difficult or even impossible to do things we often take for granted, like attending school or going to work. What's more, federal grant programs don't cover these items and people often don't think to donate them to food pantries. 

That's why our Federation's Women's Philanthropy Division launched Dignity GrowsTM. We will be assembling Dignity Packs of menstrual and toiletry supplies to be given to those in need through Jewish Family Services and Mikveh Bess Israel. 

More than 50 local women attended the launch event at a private home on Thursday, February 28, 2019. This is just the beginning of something that we hope will have a huge impact on people in need across Greater Hartford! Volunteers, financial contributions and in-kind donations are welcome.

To learn more or to get involved, please contact Jennifer Schwartzman at jschwartzman@jewishhartford.org.


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Linda Levin and Jessica Zachs, Dignity Grows Co-Chairs
Judy Schlossberg, Women's Philanthropy Chair
Tracy Taback, Volunteer Engagement Chair
Jennifer Schwartzman, Director of Community Connections

Distribution Partners

  • Anja Rosenberg Kosher Food Pantry at Jewish Family Services of Greater Hartford
  • Asnuntuck Community College
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Hartford
  • Compass Youth Collaborative
  • CWEALF: Connecticut Women’s Education and Legal Fund
  • Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
  • Hartford Public Library
  • Manchester Community College
  • Mikveh Bess Israel


Robert Kennedy Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Hartford 
Susan Firestone 
Goodman & Stein Dental
Linda Levin 
Lisa Levy
Randi Piaker

*As of February 22, 2019.