The Period Collective is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, committed to supplying feminine hygiene products to homeless and low-income women in the greater Chicago area.Our organization’s focus is on supplying products to shelters, traditional housing facilities, food banks, schools, prisons and other organizations that work with homeless and low-income girls and women. We are aiming to fill a void, as feminine hygiene products are not frequently being donated and organizations working to help these women do not have a budget for supplying these items.
The Period Collective started as a chapter of the Michigan based organization Helping Women Period. Today we are an independent organization focusing on the needs of women in Chicago and surrounding areas.
The desire to help came after learning about homeless and low-income women and the challenges they face with menstruation. We think it’s unacceptable that girls and women have limited access to pads, tampons, and other sanitary products they need—and as a result have to miss work and school. Many are domestic abuse survivors, or are mothers with children to care for. There are so many challenges that these women face throughout the course of a day, and this shouldn’t have to be one of them.
This is an issue of dignity and health, and one that is not often talked about as menstruation is still a fairly taboo topic in our society. It’s our hope that we can make a difference and create a bit of comfort in the daily lives of women in the greater Chicago area.