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Join Yale and PERIOD in their fight to end period poverty and period stigma.

Yale alumni and PERIOD are working together this year to provide menstrual products to people in need, educate people to elevate the issues and eliminate taboos, and advocate for policy change to ensure equitable access to period products. Help celebrate the anniversary of co-education of women at Yale and work with your fellow alumni to give back to the community.   For the 2019 Yale Day of Service on May 11th (or any other day!) you can host a packing party or a lobby day.  If you can’t participate at a site you can contact your representatives or raise money to support chapters.

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Host a Packing Party!

Purchase tampons and pads or hold a product drive in your community.

Prepare: get bags, PERIOD stamp & stamp pad, staplers, boxes, and a meeting place.

Present PERIOD to your guests.

Pack:  assemble the PERIOD packs! 

Provide:  Distribute packs to people experiencing homelessness.

 

End Period Poverty in Schools!

Join our campaign on ActionNetwork by signing our petition to the US Department of Education or involving your US Senators and Representatives.

Tell your U.S. senators to sign the letter to the Department of Education using our easy ActionNetwork platform.

Tell your state representatives to end the “tampon tax” by exempting menstrual products from discriminatory sales taxes and to promote bills which guarantee access to products in schools, homeless shelters, and prisons. 

Support Chapters!

If you can’t participate at a site this year, you can set up a fundraising page to help our over 280 chapters carry out the fight to end period poverty and period stigma. They can use these funds to purchase menstrual products from headquarters or support their advocacy efforts.  Read about some of our chapter efforts on our Recent Press Page.

 

How to Run a Packing Party: Overview

Purchase tampons and pads or hold a product drive in your community.

Prepare: get bags, PERIOD stamp & stamp pad, staplers, boxes, and a meeting place. Invite people! You can use our ActionNetwork platform to make it easy and reach more people. Bring postcards and stamps to write representatives, if you’d like, or direct people to our campaign page.

Present PERIOD to your guests. Show a video (Maker’s Conference) or give them an overview of The Menstrual Movement.

Pack:  assemble the PERIOD packs!  You can also hold discussions or write postcards to representatives.

Provide:  Distribute packs to a community partner whom you’ve identified in advance who serves people experiencing homelessness or poverty.

Pass on results: Go to http://tinyurl.com/period-packing-party to tell us how many periods were served.

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How to Run a Packing Party: Detailed Instructions

Purchase Products or hold a Product Drive

Product Drives: Ask for donations of menstrual products by placing boxes or bins in high traffic areas, with an explanatory poster. For health reasons, please do not accept open packages of tampons or pads. Advertise your drive and these locations on social media.

Product Purchase: If you choose to raise funds instead, you may be able to purchase products from national at the cost of shipping, which is about $2 per care package (contact rachel@period.org) Tampons and pads can also be purchased online or at discount stores.

Prepare for the Party

Get supplies and care package ingredients. Find a room. Invite your friends and advertise your event on social media, through email, or with posters.   You can use our ActionNetwork platform to make it easy and reach more people. Bring postcards and stamps to write representatives, if you’d like, or direct people to our campaign page. You can download images to use on social media from the packing party instructions file above. Use #YaleDayOfService and @periodmovement. Bring a good camera, and check out photo tips at the Yale DOS site. Consider sending out a press release.

Present PERIOD  

Introduce the Menstrual Movement to your guests by showing a video, such as Nadya and Vincent at the Maker's Conference (some explicit language) or holding a discussion.  Suggestions: when (and from whom) did you first hear about periods?  How do you hide your menstrual products when you go to the bathroom (or don’t you?!)  How do the taboos of hiding periods and avoiding public discussion affect self-image and prevent policy change?


Pack!

Set up your assembly line for stamping bags, pads, tampons, other optional hygiene supplies, stapling bags, and placing them in boxes for transport.  You should have time to discuss policy and write letters to your representatives, if you’d like. Count your packs and tell your volunteers how many periods they served. Thank your volunteers!

Provide packages to partners

Find a community partner who serves people experiencing homelessness or poverty.  These are generally non-profits, but may also include government run shelters. It is very important to contact these groups in advance to find out how and when they would like to receive deliveries, as they serve a vulnerable population and must respect their clients’ privacy. If you’re in the Portland metro area contact info@period.org to learn more.


Pass on results

Let us know how you did! One of our key metrics is the number of periods served, and another is volunteer hours. That data not only helps us measure our impact, it also helps with grants and other types of funding. Non-affiliated groups, who are not chapter members, report their results at http://tinyurl.com/period-packing-party. Chapters report their results in the chapter survey.