Women's Philanthropy of the
Jewish Federation of Greater Portland

Portland Chapter
Dignity Grows Newsletter

Why Dignity Matters?

Imagine having to choose between buying food for your family or buying pads or tampons and hygiene products. Imagine you have just used your last pad or tampon and have no money to purchase more.

This is a reality for many. Every month, some of our neighbors feel a sense of helplessness and embarrassment because they lack basic necessities. These feelings of shame have consequences. Girls stay home from school during their periods and miss critical learning time. Women miss work, which can lead to lost wages. This further compounds the cycle of poverty.

Dignity Grows™ provides monthly personal and menstrual hygiene products to women, girls, and individuals assigned female at birth, who cannot afford them. Dignity Grows™ embodies the Jewish values of Tzedakah (righteousness) and Tikkun Olam (repairing the world).  

Dignity Grows Tote Bags contain comprehensive hygiene products for the whole person. This is dignity. This is hope. This is SELF CARE.

Dignity Totes contain hygiene products that are full-size and will last an entire month.

Totes are reusable and zippered for discretion.

Totes contain the same products each month - soap, shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, hand wipes, sanitary pads, and panty liners.

Founded by the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford’s Women’s Philanthropy, Dignity Grows™ in Portland's Chapter was formed this past March. Women’s Philanthropy of Greater Portland became the 15th chapter of Dignity Grows™ in the collective of 147 Jewish Federations known as JFNA (Jewish Federations of North America).

Our local chapter is lead by Nicole Sacks who recently returned to Portland from Medford, Oregon with her husband, Robert. Under Nicole’s leadership, our chapter raised enough seed money to have a first small pack and now we’re ready to go public! The Dignity Totes we pack are distributed to Outside In. As we grow we hope to add more distribution partners.

This newsletter will be sent a couple of times per year to provide educational resources regarding period poverty and opportunities for you to get involved with our important work.

Learn how you can help bring dignity to your neighbors in need. Visit the Portland Chapter of Dignity Grows.

You are invited to learn more!

National Book Launch Party:
Period. End of Sentence.
  Join the conversation with author Anita Diamant!
  This Thursday, May 27, 5 pm PST
On May 27th, The Pad Project celebrates the launch of a new book inspired by our Oscar-winning documentary! Period. End of Sentence.: A New Chapter in the Fight for Menstrual Justice was written by New York Times best-selling author Anita Diamant and includes a foreword from The Pad Project's executive director Melissa Berton. Join us on Thursday, May 27th at 5:00 pm PDT for a Q&A with Melissa Berton and Anita Diamant as they discuss what's on the horizon for the menstrual equity movement in the U.S. In the meantime, check out this Newsweek Q&A with Anita Diamant and this excerpt from the book!
Starting Ticket Price: $13.25 This is the average cost of a period in the U.S.
Your ticket covers the cost for those who can't! 

Time: 5:00 pm PDT/ 8:00 pm EDT

Moderator: Barret Helms, Inclusion and Equity Coordinator, Writers Guild of America West
How to Get Involved!

VOLUNTEER: Join a Packing Party
Sunday, June 27, 12:30 pm – 3:00 pm
(Two Shifts 12:30 – 1:30, 2:00 – 3:00)
Volunteer to pack with our Dignity Grows™ Chapter. Each Dignity Tote provides monthly personal and menstrual hygiene products to women, girls, and individuals assigned female at birth who cannot afford them. In the spirt of both Tikkun Olam and Tzedakah – please join us.
Assemble period packages for Outside In, an organization supporting youth ages 18-24 experiencing homelessness and other marginalized people as they move toward improved health and self-sufficiency. Ages 13 & above. Masks and registration required. No walk-ins.
DONATE: Sponsor a Dignity Tote

$10 will supply an individual with a monthly supply of menstrual and hygiene supplies.
For questions contact:
Wendy Kahn, Campaign Director

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