Editor’s Note: The following news release was recently released by the Junior League of Richmond and the Federation. This is the largest grant to any Dignity Grows chapter in the U.S.
The Jewish Community Federation of Richmond has received a generous new grant from the Junior League of Richmond for $83,000.
The partnership grant supports JCFR’s launch of a Dignity Grows chapter to provide free monthly comprehensive hygiene and period products to women in the Richmond and surrounding areas.
“The Junior League of Richmond is honored to partner with the Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, in support of women in the Richmond area who lack access to essential hygiene and menstruation products.
“JLR’s community focus of Women Helping Women aligns with the important work of Dignity Grows and, together, our organizations will help lift up under-resourced women. Our sincere hope is that this grant, and the engagement of JLR volunteers, will be transformational for many in our community and shine a light on women’s needs that are often overlooked and stigmatized.” said Jenn Keegan, President of the Junior League of Richmond.
Dignity Grows empowers individuals to experience life without interruption. One in four American women cannot access or afford monthly menstrual supplies, creating barriers to education, employment and social and religious connections.
Government benefits do not cover menstrual hygiene necessities, which are taxed in many states. Period products are rarely donated to food pantries.
Federation CEO Daniel Staffenberg, said, “This generous $83,000 grant from Junior League of Richmond will allow Jewish Community Federation of Richmond, through its partnership with Dignity Grows, to distribute thousands of Dignity Grows Totes annually in the Greater Richmond community.
“The incredible partnership will ensure we support our neighbors in need while safeguarding each individual’s dignity. “Judaism places high value on the dignity of each person. It is embodied in our text and tradition. Dignity Grows enhances our work by recognizing every individual’s value.
“It is more critical than ever that we band together to meet basic human needs throughout Greater Richmond. We are thrilled about our partnership with the Junior League of Richmond. We know this initiative will resonate with the entire community as we work together to provide essential hygiene products to those in need. The partnership with social service groups throughout Richmond is the cherry on top as we work together and build new partnerships.”
Visit www.jlrichmond.org for more about the Junior League of Richmond.