The Take Care Project is on a mission to expand youth access to free menstrual products and personal care items in the Bennington community.
A lack of personal care products like shampoo, soap, deodorant, or tampons should never impact someone’s ability to work, learn, or play.
Building 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 is a community-driven resource that supports the health and wellness of young people in Bennington.
Need Care? Explore the map for locations and organizations in Bennington that offer free menstrual products and/or personal care items. Note: Hours and product availability may potentially be affected by holidays or other circumstances. Call ahead to locations whenever possible.
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 Center) Monday – Friday, 9 am – 6 pm. You can also contact us to arrange a pickup/drop off, or contribute by donating funds online or via check. Thank you!
The Take Care Project arose out of conversations with community partners and school staff about period poverty—the inability to access menstrual products like pads and tampons—and its impact 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 when they are not made freely available in school or public bathrooms. 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.”