The Take Care Project is on a mission to expand access to free period products and hygiene essentials in the Bennington region.
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.
When everyone has what they need to feel healthy and well, our whole community is stronger.
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.
Support The Take Care Project
Donate to the Take Care Project
Donate Needed Supplies from Our Amazon Wish List
Shop our Amazon Wish List of needed items like shampoo, soap, and deodorant. Products will ship directly to us, to be distributed to local schools and organizations in the Take Care partner network.
Attend a Packing Party!
Our monthly packing parties are a fun way to make a meaningful impact in just a couple of hours. Volunteers typically put together over 100 period care packages for local community members in need! All ages welcome.
Packing parties are held on the first Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm. Join our mailing list to be notified of future events.
RSVP for an upcoming event:
About Period Poverty
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.”
The Take Care Project is a member of the Alliance for Period Supplies network—one of only three in Vermont! APS’ Allied Programs are a collective of independent programs joined together to address period poverty in local communities in the U.S.
Take Care Club @ MAU
The Take Care Club is a student-led afterschool club at Mt. Anthony Union High School that is working to promote period access, education, and wellness. We meet Wednesdays in Room 111. Contact Alyssa for more information!