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Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable

Sudbury-Wayland-Lincoln Domestic Violence Roundtable is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization of men and women incorporated in 1999. The goal of the Roundtable is to raise awareness about the issue of domestic violence through community education and networking and to improve the coordination between public and private services for victims and families touched by domestic violence.

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Dignity Matters launches fall drive

Dignity Matters is a Framingham-based charity that supplies feminine hygiene products, bras and underwear to women and school-age girls living in homeless or low-income situations, to help them stay healthy, regain self-confidence, and live with basic dignity.

There are over 22,000 homeless women and school-age girls in Massachusetts alone. Every month, they face the humiliating reality of limited or no access to tampons or pads. Food stamps do NOT cover these products, people rarely donate them to charities, and shelters and public schools, with their often-limited funding, cannot cope with the demand for them. Many women must choose between buying food or sanitary napkins.  Many women and girls are forced to miss work or school multiple days each month because they don’t have the protection they need.

Dignity Matters partners monthly with over 90 local nonprofits right here in our neighboring communities, including food pantries, medical clinics, homeless shelters, domestic violence programs, public schools, and after-school programs.  We currently support over 2500 women every single month.  In 2017, we collected more than 220,000 items and we doubled that in 2018, distributing over 500,000 products. But it’s still not enough to meet the demand. We need YOUR help!

During the month of October, you can support Dignity Matters and the thousands of women we support by bringing donations of pads, tampons, new underwear (with tags) and new or gently used bras to the following locations:

See our website at to make a financial donation or for more information. Questions? Contact Allison Kates at


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