HWP prioritizes the needs of people experiencing relationship violence, who have been denied access to resources due to systemic racism and institutional biases, we direct support to communities of color and organizations that serve BIPOC communities. We listen to our BIPOC partners and we adjust our support based on the cultural and traditional preferences of the people we serve.

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.
$40 can cover one individuals 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.

2024 Distributions!







Delivery Bags

How It All Started

Did you know that in 2023 HWP distributed over 2,000,000 pads, tampons, wipes, bladder control pads, and panty liners? Learn how we got started helping women in the Lansing area.

Video by Uno Deuce Multimedia


2018 Impact Report

Would you like to learn more about the true scope of Helping Women Period?  This story is beautifully displayed in our 2018 Impact Report.  We would like to thank MoonSail North for their incredible collaboration and execution.   Please click on the thumbnail to enjoy!    

Final City of Lansing Mobile Food Pantry Distribution

Thank you to all our volunteers who supported the 12 distributions held throughout the city of Lansing this past year.  In rain, snow, or sun, you showed up and distributed with a smile.  Below are some recent photos from the December distribution (scroll to see all of them).    We could not support this monthly […]

How Can I Do This In My Area?

“Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery” Oscar Wilde We aim to reduce menstrual stigma and increase access to the product throughout the country (and the world), not just here in mid-Michigan.  On a weekly basis, we receive inquiries from folks around the country who are interested in recreating what we do here at Helping […]

We love our volunteers!

On December 3, we held a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch. It was a time for us to take a few moments to express our appreciation for the many roles our volunteers fill in order to make HWP run smoothly.  It was also a time for the volunteers to meet and greet each other.  We are thankful […]


Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo at the Lansing Center

02/09/2024 – 02/11/2024 @ 10:00 am – 6:00 pm – Do you have your tickets yet?! Tickets for the Mid-Michigan Women’s Expo are available at the door or online at www.kohlerexpo.com/mm-womens-expo. We can’t wait to see all of you February 9-11 at the Lansing Center! Be sure to stop by the Helping Women Period booth.

GLFB Mobile Food Bank Olivet Baptist Church

02/10/2024 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am – We will be distributing menstrual products at the Greater Lansing Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry at the Olivet Baptist Church from 9 am until the food runs out.   Sign up here if you’d like to volunteer.  

GLFB Mobile Food Bank Cristo Rey CHURCH

02/17/2024 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am – We will be distributing menstrual products at the Greater Lansing Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry at the Cristo Rey Catholic Church from 9 am until the food runs out.   Sign up here if you’d like to volunteer.

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Make A Donation

Helping Women Period is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt nonprofit organization, committed to supplying no cost 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.


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