What is a chapter?
PERIOD believes it’s never too early to change the conversation around periods. Our high school, university and community chapters are led by fearless and motivated activists. They make a difference for people in need across the United States by raising awareness, hosting regular fundraisers and distributing period products. And they have a pretty good time doing it.
We are so excited that one PERIOD’s Forest Grove High School chapter recently won the school’s award for best club. It’s not hard to see why they won! Forest Groves’ PERIOD has been working hard to collect product and distribute it to nonprofit partners in their area who can get it to people who need it. They’ve addressed 275 periods, which means they have given out 2,200 tampons and 1,375 pads and pantyliners. They’ve also made a point of busting the stigma around periods in their school by advocating for their cause and getting other students involved. We are so proud of the hard work and pizazz they’ve shown that we are inviting them to come check out our brand new PERIOD headquarters in Portland. We always love to hear about the awesome successes of PERIOD people everywhere!
The Severn School/Annapolis chapter kicked off our first event by giving a school-wide presentation on the PERIOD organization and the general problem of access to clean and safe period supplies in the US and around the globe. We held a week-long drive, the first of its kind at our school, and collected 8,418 individual pads/tampons AND around $1,100 in money donations. The products collected from the drive were donated to a local women's shelter in Baltimore.
In March, our Grant High chapter celebrated International Women’s Day all week long, giving away period products, and selling Diva Cups and PERIOD swag to raise funds. They put up provocative posters to draw attention to menstruation misperceptions and wild-posted pads and pantyliners with myth-busting messages. The group also mounted an email campaign and went to the Board of Education for Portland Public Schools to appeal for free period products in all K-8, middle, and high school bathrooms. The chapter is currently working with board members on a budget to cover this provision. More of this please!
PERIOD’s University of Alabama Chapter stands out for their commitment, creativity and success. They have hosted fundraisers and PERIOD parties to regularly distribute supplies in the community. In 2016, the chapter coined the term #TeamTampon on campus to bring awareness to their mission, and received a $2,100 grant from the Clinton Global Initiative. The group’s work inspired a TEDxUAB talk about menstruation equity and eliminating the stigma around periods.