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New Haven Jewish federation launches ‘Dignity Grows’

WOODBRIDGE – Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven has announced the launch of Dignity Grows, an organization that pledges to make a difference in women’s lives by providing personal hygiene supplies for women in need throughout the Greater New Haven community. 

“We are thrilled to become the newest chapter of Dignity Grows,” said Emily Sandberg, chair of Dignity Grows New Haven. “It’s more critical than ever that we band together to meet the basic needs for the people in our community – particularly in such a crucial area that many of us take for granted. We hope this initiative will resonate and we can raise much needed funds to allow us to provide these essential hygiene products to those in need.” 

New Haven is the most recent community to adopt the Dignity Grows program, which was conceived and created two years ago by Linda Levin and Jessica Zachs of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Women’s Philanthropy. Since then, Dignity Grows has earned the endorsement of the Jewish Federations of North America National Women’s Philanthropy and has been adopted by several Jewish communities across the country. In addition to Hartford and New Haven, the Greenwich Jewish community has also adopted the program.

“We are proud to become the newest chapter of Dignity Grows, and glad to contribute to our local community in this important way. One hundred percent of the donations towards Dignity GrowsTM will support the cause,” said Judy Alperin, CEO of the Jewish Federation, Foundation and JCC of Greater New Haven. 

In New Haven, Dignity Grows volunteers donate funds to purchase supplies that are packed in totes and distributed to those in need. Volunteers also meet at “Packing Parties” in COVID-safe environments to pack supplies for recipients. Each month, Dignity Grows totes will be distributed to recipients through designated partners such as Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven.

“Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation has a long tradition of showing up and making a difference in this community,” says Nancy Cohen, chair of Women’s Philanthropy of the Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven. “It is exciting to see all the positive response for this cause from women throughout the community. I hope that people will join us so that we can fulfill this very real need in our community.” 

For more information on how to get involved and/or donate, contact Amy Holtz at aholtz@jewishnewhaven.org or visit jewishnewhaven.org/womens-network/dignity-grows. 

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