Why We’re Here

The number of families in the USA needing assistance from food pantries continues to increase every year. The lack of access to menstrual health products for people who are either homeless or low-income is appalling. These necessary products are not covered by SNAP or any other welfare program.  Each month, this leaves countless people without the products many of us take for granted.

How You Can Help

Donate Products

Bring menstrual health products to one of our many drop box locations or start your own drive to collect tampons and pads.

Make a Monetary Donation

We are able to buy in bulk, so your donations go furthest:
$50 can buy 500 pads or tampons.
$35 can cover one woman’s menstrual needs for an entire year!


Volunteering at one of our events or helping sort products are just a few of the ways you can help.

2018 Distributions






Delivery Bags

How It All Started

Did you know that in 2017 HWP distributed over 371,000 pads, tampons, wipes, bladder control pads, and panty liners? Learn how we got started helping women in the Lansing area.

Video by Ms. Catherine Ferland, MSU Journalism Major


#GivingTuesday: 15 for 15

  Do you recall what it was like to be 15 and start your period at school (or 12 for that matter)? Raising your hand in class, walking down the hallway, and totally forgetting what you were just learning? HWP has launched its annual #GivingTuesday campaign, focused on raising funds to install 15 free vending […]

Winners of Caring About Women Locally Award!

Amy Stephenson and Lysne Tait, co-founders of Helping Women Period, received the “Caring About Women Locally” award at the Inspiration and Influence Awards ceremony on October 18, 2018.  These awards are presented by Capital Area Women’s LifeStyle Magazine (CAWLM)  and the Aitch Foundation to celebrate women in the mid-Michigan area and to recognize women who […]


MSU Homeless Awareness Event

11/27/2018 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm – Helping Women Period is connecting with a network of organizations to participate in a service event to college students in need.  The goal of the event is to create and heighten awareness of housing insecurity and hunger among current college students.  During the service event,  attendees will assemble at least 1,000 care packages consisting of […]

Social Justice Conference

11/02/2018 – 11/03/2018 @ All Day – HWP is proud to be attending the following conference to raise awareness regarding the importance of access to menstrual products in our schools and how this access (or lack of it) impacts learning in adolescence. “The Power of You: Impacting Social Justice” Conference is focusing on issues and approaches to forward social justice and gain […]

Mobile Food Pantry – November

11/17/2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm – The City of Lansing Human Relations and Community Services Department and the Greater Lansing Food Bank will be distributing free, fresh and non-perishable food items. Helping Women Period will be distributing menstrual products at this event.  If you or someone you know must choose between buying food, filling prescriptions or paying bills, please tell them […]

Latest from Our Blog

4th Annual Helping Women Period Brunch

  It is hard to believe our annual fundraiser is over.  But, the connection, education, networking,  and financial support continues to make a tremendous impact and will do so in the months to come.  Thank you to our planning committee and event volunteers who helped things run so smoothly.  And to our keynote speaker, Ms. […]

Thank You Wine & Stamps Volunteers

Thank you to all the volunteers who assisted with the processing of over 300 pieces of correspondence!  Enjoy the photos from the event below.  And, thank you Jamie Randle of Jamie Randle Photography for your services!        

Menstrual Health Education Training

Would You Like to Add Menstrual Health Education to your Programming? “Be a Rose” partners with organizations to provide underserved women and school-age girls education on puberty, menstrual hygiene, and menopause, as well as access to feminine hygiene products. They administer roundtable discussions, seminars, and training workshops for groups and organizations to guide conversations on women’s […]

Make A Donation

Helping Women Period is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, committed to supplying supplying menstrual health products to people that menstruate who are either homeless or low-income. With your donation, we can buy in bulk. Any donation amount is appreciated and goes a long way to purchasing products.