The Take Care Project is on a mission to expand youth access to free menstrual products and personal care items in the Bennington community.
Inspired by free school stores in other Vermont communities, the Take Care Project aims to reduce stigma and help our youth get what they need to be healthy and thriving students and community members. This project builds off the great work of organizations like Planned Parenthood of Northern New England and others who have been working to increase access to free menstrual products in the region.
The Take Care Project arose out of conversations with community organizations and schools staff about period poverty—the inability to access menstrual products like pads and tampons—and its effect on local youth. We know that Bennington students have a need for these items, but are often embarrassed or self-conscious about asking for them. This lack of access to period products can have significant physical, emotional, and educational impacts on young women, transgender, and nonbinary menstruators. According to the “State of the Period” study, “more than 4 in 5 teens have either missed class time or know a classmate who missed class time because they did not have access to period products.”
Explore the map for locations and organizations in Bennington that offer free menstrual products and/or personal care items.
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Donate to the Take Care Project
YOU can support the Take Care Project and local youth in need by donating new and unopened packages of menstrual care products (tampons, pads, liners), or personal care items like shampoo, soap, or deodorant.
Items can be dropped off in the Take Care Project bin inside the entrance at 215 South Street (Downtown Visitor’s Center) Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm. You can also contribute by donating funds online or via check. Thank you!
In honor of Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28th), join ACT and Planned Parenthood of Northern New England for a free screening of “Pandora’s Box: Lifting the Lid on Menstruation,” a film that explores menstrual inequity and period poverty around the world.
Read more about our partnership with the Center for Restorative Justice (CRJ) to launch a new wellness and personal care section at Threads, CRJ’s free clothing boutique run by-and-for teens in downtown Bennington, where youth can access essential personal care items such as soap, toothbrushes and toothpaste, and menstrual products for FREE!