In honor of MLK Day, teens worked with Dignity Grows to package 150+ totes with much needed hygiene products for men and women. Dignity Grows™ provides menstrual products and hygiene supplies to neighbors in need so that they can fully participate in their daily activities. Teens met with Dignity Grows professionals and learned about the different issues that our neighbors face both locally and nationally. It was an exciting morning full of meaning and fun! “The project was meaningful because I knew the donations were going directly to the people who need them” said Alli Benthien, “it made me think more about the things I take for granted.”
JTConnect teens were then charged with finding an organization that was meaningful to them to donate the dignity totes. There were two local organizations that really stood out to them, My Sister’s Place & ConnectiKids Inc. My Sister’s Place is committed to ending homelessness by empowering women, families and others in Greater Hartford to achieve independence and stability in their community by providing housing and supportive services. ConnectiKids Inc. is a youth development organization that focuses on educating, enriching, and empowering Hartford’s youth. On Sunday, representatives from each of the organizations came to pick up their dignity totes and spoke with our teens about the work they do and how impactful these totes will be for them. Our teens left that day knowing that they truly made a difference in their community.