On February 11, 2017, anti-choice activists across the country will be rallying outside of Planned Parenthood clinics. In response, Young Women Rising is teaming up with NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut to encourage donations of pads and tampons to #ProjectPeriod as a way for pro-choice activists to take part in a positive action that same day.
Why Donate to #ProjectPeriod? When many of us think about giving donations and goods to our local organizations that assist families, the first items that come to mind are things like clothes, shoes and food. Many of us don’t think about the other items female-identified people are in need of on a daily basis. Homeless women live with constant anxiety and fear around receiving their menstrual cycle because they can’t afford feminine hygiene products. That’s why feminine hygiene products and other toiletries are usually at the top of the list for need in homeless shelters and safe houses.
Unfortunately, our society doesn’t like talking about periods, even though over half the population is female-identifying. Young Women Rising and NARAL Pro-Choice Connecticut encourage you to consider donating to #ProjectPeriod as a positive way to take action in support of women’s reproductive health. No one should live in fear of getting their period, and you can help.
How to Donate:
**Note: Product donations only, please. We cannot accept monetary donations.**
If you are unable to drop off donations in person, you can easily make a purchase off the #ProjectPeriod Amazon wish list. All donations will be sent directly to the Commission on Women, Children and Seniors which runs Young Women Rising. You can also mail product donations directly to Young Women Rising at:
Commission on Women, Children and Seniors
c/o Young Women Rising
18-20 Trinity Street
Hartford, CT 06106
We are also organizing a few in-person drop off locations for February 11th in several parts of the state. This page will be updated as we add new drop off locations
- NEW LONDON: Nancy’s Salon, 14 Meridian Street, New London, CT. You can drop off donations here between 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. on Feb. 11th.
- COLCHESTER: Colchester Library. You can drop off donations any time during business hours on Feb. 11th.
- WATERBURY: Academy of Medical Training in Waterbury (515 Wolcott St, Waterbury). You can drop off items here between 12 p.m. – 2 p.m. on February 11th.
- WEST HARTFORD: The Elmwood Community Center, West Hartford. You can drop off donations of pads and/or tampons at the community center between 1-3 on February 11th. There will be a march and community meeting at this time as well (details here).
- NEW HAVEN: Strange Ways, 910 Whalley Ave, New Haven, CT 06515. Open from 10AM-4PM on Saturday. *Please go to the back of the shop to drop off donations
- EAST HADDAM: Two Wrasslin’ Cats in East Haddam. You can drop off your product donations at the cafe any time during business hours (8 a.m. – 6 p.m.) between Feb. 7th and Feb. 11th. Additionally, remarks will be made about #ProjectPeriod during a weekly vigil at Two Wrasslin’ Cats on Feb. 11th from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. All are welcome!
- WASHINGTON DEPOT: Washington Town Hall in Washington Depot, CT. You can drop off product donations to the town hall between 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. on Feb. 11th.
- MILFORD: New Standard Institute, 84 Broad Street Milford. Parking behind building or on the street, ring top buzzer for upstairs offices, not restaurant space formerly Liquid Lunch. You can drop off donations at this location from Feb. 6th-10th.
All donations will be gathered by Young Women Rising and distributed to local Connecticut homeless shelters. Making a product donation to #ProjectPeriod makes a difference in the lives of homeless women in our state.
What to Donate:
Feminine Hygiene Wipes
Questions? Contact Michelle Noehren at Michelle.Noehren@cga.ct.gov.
For more information about #ProjectPeriod and to download our new toolkit click here.