Periods are a fact of life.

Menstruation products are a basic necessity. But if you’re living in poverty – or vulnerable in other ways – access to tampons, pads, cups or menstrual underwear, can be challenging.

Periods don’t stop for pandemics. The pandemic has worsened period poverty for vulnerable populations with more people having to choose between menstrual hygiene products and other essentials, like food. Lack of access to public washrooms, school closures and other pandemic-related barriers make it even more difficult for people who menstruate to access the products they need.

The Period Promise campaign by United Way mobilizes local citizens to be a part of the solution.

You can take part in several ways:

You can also organize a Period Promise campaign to collect donations in your community. This year the need in your community is even greater. United Way Halton & hamilton is hosting product drop off at 4 locations on the following dates:

Hamilton Location: March 30th drop off

ATU Local 108 Union Hall
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
1005 King Street East, Hamilton
Questions? Contact Gillian Surette-Robinson gsurette-robinson@uwhh.ca

 

Oakville Location: March 30th drop off

Oakville & District Labour Council/Unifor Local 707 Union Hall
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
475 North Service Rd E, Oakville
Questions? Contact Samantha Richardson srichardson@uwhh.ca

 

Milton Location: May 24-28, 2021 drop off

Town of Milton
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
150 Mary St, Milton ON
Questions? Contact Lindsay Forsey lforsey@uwhh.ca

 

Halton Hills Locations: April 30, 2021 Drop Off 

Georgetown Library
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
9 Church St., Georgetown
Acton Library
9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
17 River St., Acton
Questions? Contact Lindsay Forsey lforsey@uwhh.ca

 

Burlington Location: May 28, 2021

United Way Community Donation Warehouse
9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
3057 Mainway, Burlington (around back of of the loading dock)
Questions? Contact Lindsay Forsey lforsey@uwhh.ca

 

 

 

  • Give financially, or donate period products like tampons, pads, cups, menstrual underwear.
  • You can also organize a Period Promise campaign to collect donations in your community.
  • If you are an elected representative, executive, union leader or business owner, commit to providing free menstrual hygiene products to anyone accessing your facilities.

Contact us now to learn more.

Did you know? Nearly 1 in 4 Canadian women has struggled to buy period products for themselves, or their children.

History and partnerships

Tampon Tuesday: For the past few years in March, United Way Halton & Hamilton has led a local “Tampon Tuesday” initiative, a drive to collect and distribute donated menstrual products for people in need. Now operating locally as Period Promise, organizers and supporters continue to collect and distribute donations, while advocating for free menstrual products in common spaces.

Labour: Period Promise has garnered incredible community support, especially from the labour movement. Unions as well as labour councils, are leading the way in improving access to menstrual products.

Making change at a fundamental level.

There’s often a silence around periods, and period poverty. It can be embarrassing and isolating to live without access to appropriate menstrual products.

You can be a part of the solution. In addition to supporting Period Promise donation drives, organizations have an important role to play in curbing period poverty, long-term.

We can reduce the isolation created by period poverty in our own neighbourhoods by making tampons and pads available, for free, in our communities – just like toilet paper. But if you’re a local business, union or community leader, we need your support.

Wondering where to start? Curious about costs? We’ve done the research.  Join the movement now.

Contact us now to learn more.

Let’s work together to eradicate period poverty.  

Make your Period Promise today. 

Period Promise Policy Signatories

The following organizations have committed to providing free and accessible products in their workplace or office:

Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch

ETFO Halton Elementary Teachers

IBEW Local 105

OPSEU Local 281

UNIFOR Local 707

United Association Local 67

United Way Halton & Hamilton

Vagabond Saints

YWCA Hamilton

Partners & Sponsors

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