The Period Pals Project
We began our project by placing baskets filled with menstrual products in all of the appropriate
bathrooms at New Vista High School. We hope to do the same in all the middle/high schools in Boulder and Longmont.
In addition to raising funds we are collecting in kind donations. Coordinating to work with CU sororities, Boulder Valley Schools, placing donation boxes in all the houses/schools. We'd love be to able to offer volunteer hours to middle and high school students. A successful model we've been following, Girls Helping Girls. Period.,
http://www.girlshelpinggirlsperiod.org/ , recommends throwing parties to collect products!
The money donated will go toward buying products for those in and around our community who can't afford them, as well as providing baskets of products in bathrooms in area middle and high school bathrooms.
We greatly appreciate all contributions and if you would like to become more involved please email us.
We watch for deals and coupons but primarily shop at Costco where the cost of tampons and pads is half the cost of average stores. However, most folks who can’t afford menstrual supplies also cannot afford a Costco membership. Many have limited access to transportation and are therefore forced to shop at over priced drug stores in their neighborhoods. Making the cost of not only menstrual supplies but everything else most expensive to those with the least.
We are so grateful to our donors, without whom none of this would be possible. Our fundraiser in December was fantastic and we are forever grateful to The Peace Meal Project for helping put it all together.
We have a few goals for 2018.
Starting with our school-age population. We want to start the conversation to bring free supplies to all BVSD/St Vrain Valley SD schools, and ultimately statewide. We believe free menstrual supplies should be available in all appropriate bathrooms in all of our public schools. In 2017 the states of New York, California and Illinois passed laws requiring public schools provide assess to free menstrual supplies at school.
We know, because we have heard first hand from our recipients, that students are missing school every month for lack of menstrual supplies. These valuable members of our community should not have to worry about yet another obstacle to their success. The Period Pals Project will continue to be available to those with ongoing needs by providing all schools with 1-year supply packages.
We want to grow our presence at EFAA by making our one year supply packages available to all participants. As it stands, Denise offers them during her 2 hour shift once a week. Over the past 7 months we’ve provided over 50 recipients with a one year supply during just this single weekly shift. We’d like to make this program available during all hours to all participants. In order to confidently launch we feel we need a healthy inventory of at least 50 years. It adds up quickly $12.99 x 50=$649.50. We’re currently in a position to launch, but need to remain sustainable.
In order to remain sustainable we need to widen our net and broaden our exposure. We are assembling an advisory board to continue to expand and grow. Please contact us if you’re interested.
We will work actively to put together a youth coalition to bring the younger members of our community into the conversation and give them some ownership of this important movement.
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We're kicking it into high gear!
We're getting ready to launch our one year supply packages at EFAA-Emergency Family Assistance Association here in Boulder. Their mission is to "help those in our community whose immediate needs for food, shelter and other basic necessities cannot be adequately met by other means, and supports their efforts toward financial stability or self-sufficiency."
I have been volunteering at EFAA in their intake office assisting participants in the food bank for about a year and a half. They do incredible work for our community and are a natural recipient for The Period Pals Project. Participants at EFAA will now have access to our one year supply packages.
In order for us to take this on, we'll need everyone's help! We figure that the demand will be high in the beginning and that we will need to be prepared to serve up to 200 participants. At a cost of $60-$80 a year per recipient, we will need to raise $12,000-$16,000!
We now have 1 year supply packages of both pads and tampons available at New Vista High School, Manhattan Middle School and Centaurus High School. There are baskets with free supplies available in these school as well.
We are quickly going through the donations already received, so please share our project with your friends and ask them to do the same.
Also join us next Friday, February 17th from 5-7 pm as we gather to share food and drink and write letters of love and encouragement to be included in our 1 year supply packages. We'll have lots of art supplies.