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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 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 or shaving cream and razor kits. Federal grant programs don't cover these items, and people often don't think to donate them to food pantries. 

Dignity Grows was started in 2019 right here in Greater Hartford, and it’s now a national initiative chaired by its founder, Jessica Zachs. Over 15,000 Dignity Grows Totes have been distributed across our region so far!

Volunteers and financial contributions are welcome:


Jessica Zachs, National and Local Chair, Dignity Grows
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
  • Brownstone Women's Clinic
  • Charter Oak Cultural Center
  • COBA (Charter Oak Boxing Academy)
  • Compass Youth Collaborative
  • Grace Church Soup Kitchen
  • Hartford Gay & Lesbian Health Collective
  • Hartford Public Schools
  • Manchester Community College
  • Mikveh Bess Israel