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. Jennifer Weiss-Wolfe. We just about sold out of our books and raised over $200 in partnership with Schuler’s Books. Please scroll down to view all the photos, courtesy of Jamie Randle of Randle Photography.
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!
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 health and hygiene with dignity and sensitivity.
R.O.S.E (Reclaiming Our Self Esteem) workshops create a safe space for women to learn and share their experience. Trained educators facilitate these conversations, providing information and introducing participants to a variety of feminine hygiene products to manage their period. They focus on sustainable, eco-friendly options such as menstrual cups and cloth pads, in order to foster more long-term menstrual support.
Topics covered at these workshops, which may vary based on audience needs, include:
On Tuesday, January 23, Lysne and Amy attended a gathering of attorneys at the Women Lawyers Association (WLAM)-Mid Michigan Chapter at the Spartan Hall of Fame restaurant in East Lansing. Amy outlined our history, organizational structure, business and charity partnerships, and plans for 2018. We were also joined by the Honorable Judge Laura Baird, who spoke about the Pheonix Court, which helps Ingham County’s underage sex trafficking victims.
Thank you to everyone who attended. Both your product donation and financial support are greatly appreciated.
On Sunday, January 21, Helping Women Period was proud to participate in this event. Over 5,000 were in attendance, and it felt like most of them stopped by our table. Which was awesome. We distributed brochures outlining our work here in mid-Michigan and a handy guide for “out of towners” to provide a support in their community. Thank you to our volunteers, Toni Colagrass, Audriana Flores and Beth Lundy. Amy’s daughter, Jane, (pictured above) was also a big help with set up on a very wet, cold, early Sunday.
Lee provides exceptional legal, business and strategic guidance to Helping Women Period. Not to mention, great enthusiasm, support, and humor! But, back to business. When not attending HWP meetings and distributing product, she is a Senior Partner at Willingham & Cote, PC law firm in East Lansing. Specifically, she is the chair of the firm’s Estate and Gift team as well as Business and Corporate Law team. In addition, she is also a certified public accountant. With an extensive business background, Lee counsels individuals and businesses on forming, growing, selling and transitioning commercial enterprises. She also has extensive experience advising clients on estate planning matters.
Have you ever wondered how Helping Women Period gets products to those who need them? Meet one of our 70 charity partners, Redeemer United Methodist Church!
The relationship between Redeemer United Methodist Church and Helping Women Period is unique. Not only do they benefit from HWP, but HWP benefits from them! There are two groups at Redeemer who work with us.
Helping Hands is a group of eight women who dedicate their time to sewing ditty bags. Ditty bags are the handmade colorful bags that we fill with feminine hygiene products to give to homeless and low income women in order to carry these products discretely. Helping Hands meets twice a month and makes around thirty bags each time.
The Redeemer Food Pantry receives products from HWP and distributes them to Clinton County women and girls in need. Suzie Unruh, the coordinator of the food pantry, believes that providing pads and tampons is a blessing and gives women greater confidence to focus on their daily lives, their families and jobs. Offering feminine care products makes a huge impact since food stamps do not cover personal care products.
Thank you to Redeemer Food Pantry and the Helping Hands Group!
Are you looking for the perfect gift that really resonates with the reason for the season? Look no further than giving an “In Special Honor” donation to Helping Women Period.
The pressure to add to an ever-mounting pile of possessions can be stressful around birthdays and holidays, but you don’t have to clutter up a loved one’s home to get him or her a gift. Donations in honor of another person are an excellent way to let them know you are thinking of them. Click here to start the process. Be sure to include the recipient’s address along with their name. Once the donation is submitted, Helping Women Period will send a letter to the recipient, specifying who it’s from, outlining the donation, and how the money will be used. This convenient method of making a donation is not only extremely beneficial to local women in need, you don’t even have to leave your house!
Your donation can help Helping Women Period in the following ways:
$35 can support one woman for 1 year.
$105 can support 3 women for 1 year
$500 can support a shelter for 6 months
$1000 can support a shelter for 1 year
All donations to Helping Women Period are tax deductible. We are a 501(c)(3) organization.
As always, check out our website to find updates on future events, ways to help, and contact information!
This year, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Helping Women Period is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving. Last year, more than 45,000 organizations in 71 countries came together to celebrate #GivingTuesday. Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities. We invite you to join the movement and to help get out and give this November 29.
How Can You Support HWP & Giving Tuesday?
It’s as easy and close as your front porch. Just leave your product donation (in a plastic bag if the weather looks nasty) or financial donation on your front porch. Amy and Lysne will come around and pick it up! Just fill out this form and we’ll do the rest! If you know of others who may be interested, either share this blog or send them a link to our Giving Tuesday | Helping Women Period Facebook event.
Lysne is a key reason that Helping Women Period has come to fruition and not just another well-intentioned idea.
Late on a cold January night, Lysne read a Huffington Post article about homeless women’s lack of feminine hygiene products. Concerned about the difficulty homeless women face, she commented and reposted it. Amy Stephenson, a friend of Lysne’s and HWP’s other Co-Founder, commented on the article and they started discussing how they could help. Together, they conceived a one-time fundraising breakfast which would allow them to buy a few cases of product and give it to a local homeless shelter. The overwhelming response to that breakfast led them to form the non-profit and seek 501c3 status. Eighteen months later, that one time event has become a huge part of their daily lives, and currently serves over 65 local charities and 16 schools.
If you ask Lysne what she does for a living, she’ll say she’s a professional volunteer. Her experience helping other non-profit organizations like the Firecracker Foundation and the DeWitt District Library is a tremendous benefit to Helping Women Period. Not only is Lysne well versed in the operations of a non-profit, she knows that volunteers are the backbone of any organization like HWP and strives to ensure their experience is meaningful. Her experience with technology, social media, event planning, fund development, and goal setting are integral to the success of Helping Women Period.
Lysne believes strongly that filling the basic need of feminine hygiene products for homeless and low income women is one key step in helping them become more self-sufficient. She helped start HWP because it was the right thing to do. Thank you Lysne for all of your amazing work.