Homeless Period Project, Inc.

aka The Period Project   |   GREENVILLE, SC   |  https://www.periodproject.org/

Mission

Our mission is to provide menstrual hygiene products to individuals in need and advocate for equal and tax-free access to these vital products for all by enlisting the power of volunteers and the generosity of donors. The Period Project is headquartered in Greenville, SC with locations throughout SC, NC, GA, MD and TX. We’re changing the world one community at a time by creating awareness and delivering menstrual hygiene products to those in need throughout the US.

Ruling year info

2017

Executive Director

Laurie Rovin

Co-Founder / Board Chairwoman

Stephanie Arnold

Main address

355 Woodruff Road Suite 106

GREENVILLE, SC 29607 USA

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EIN

47-5144792

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The 2018 Talk Poverty report noted that 751,907 South Carolinians are living in poverty. Over 16% of working-age women in our state had incomes below the federal poverty line in 2017, ranking SC 42nd out of 50 states. Further, over 22% of children in SC live in poverty, 45th out of 50 states. Adding to the rampant poverty in our state are myriad gender injustices. The report notes that in SC, women earn only 77.3 cents for every dollar that men earn. SC regularly ranks among the worst states in the nation for deadly violence against women, holding a spot in the top ten states with the highest rate of femicide for the last 17 years. And SC is one of more than 30 states that imposes a luxury sales tax on feminine hygiene products, the infamous “tampon tax.” For women in our state who struggle to make ends meet or are just beginning a new life free of an abusive relationship, coming up with the extra $7-$10 per month to purchase feminine hygiene products is an insurmountable challenge.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SC Schools

SC School Nurses receive $300/year to provide incidentals to students. The Period Project's (TPP) School Program partners with SC volunteer TPP chapters to provide period packs/menstrual products to school nurses. This program creates access to menstrual products and eliminates the barrier of having to miss school because the student and/or their family is unable to afford these essential health care products. Giving a little dignity and confidence through these products.

Population(s) Served

The Period Project serves as a resource to local community organizations that provide direct service to individuals living in poverty and/or are homeless. These programs may be a local school, homeless shelter, food pantry, or a general community organization.
Each volunteer chapter collects donated menstrual products and then creates what is called "Period Packs" that are then distributed in bulks of 25 to each organization. A "Period Pack" has enough product for one menstruator/per cycle. We are a national organization, and welcome new communities to join us!

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each year, we aim to help more schools, shelters, food banks, etc.

Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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HPP has remained responsive to community needs by continuing to expand our network of distribution partners. When HPP was conceived in 2015, we initially intended to provide period packs solely to local women’s shelters and homeless shelters. It wasn’t long before we became connected with school nurses and teachers who reported that they saw far too many girls missing school during their period. This unfortunate scenario is confirmed by the 2017 Always Confidence & Puberty Survey which reports that nearly one in five American girls have either left school early or missed school entirely because they did not have access to period products. HPP provides period packs throughout the US to schools, shelters, food banks, housing authorities, disaster relief efforts, Indian Reservations, free medical clinics, etc. Our goal is to continue to give access to more communities, erase the stigma attached to these products through education and advocate for menstrual equity through legislation.

We continue to network and collaborate with other organizations of resources, businesses, groups and connect with individuals. Researching for ways to sustain the project through a grant received to have a feasibility study.

Individual donations – The Homeless Period Project has recruited nearly 50 businesses to serve as drop-off points for individuals wishing to donate menstrual products to our program. Requests for donations and links to our drop-off partners are frequently posted on our social media channels, of which we have over 8,000 followers and counting.

• Packing parties – HPP hosts more than a dozen packing parties throughout the year, where the public is invited to bring menstrual products and help assemble period packs to donate to our partners. Events range in size from a half dozen attendees to hundreds. In addition to the public events directly hosted by HPP, dozens of private packing parties are hosted across the state. Packing parties are often planned to celebrate birthdays, as a mission activity for Bible study groups, or as a charitable project for garden clubs, book clubs, Rotary chapters, or other civic organizations. We have also benefited from local businesses, college sororities, and churches hosting packing parties on our behalf.

• Direct purchase – We have negotiated agreements with Hospeco and IPS Packaging to purchase menstrual supplies and packaging at highly discounted bulk rates – allowing us to maximize our use of grant funds and financial donations to serve more women and girls-in-need. For our chapters across the state and other partners who distribute large quantities of period packs, we can ship complete period packs directly from our vendors to recipient organizations.

Since our first period party in June of 2015 to the end of 2019, we have donated almost 7 million period products in our home state of SC and throughout the US. One of our goals in 2019, was to donate to every middle school and high school in SC while still providing for those who were on our donation list and not to turn any request away. As we are still expanding into communities outside of SC, we have received a grant to have a feasibility study for a workforce development piece to add to our project resources.

Financials

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Homeless Period Project, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 4/28/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stephanie Arnold

Mark Dykes

Jennifer Browning

Jenny McPoland

Gordon Sherard, MD

Africa Thomas

Myra Ruiz

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/28/2021,

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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