The Women's Giving Circle of Howard County is launching a year-long Feminine Hygiene product drive in 2022 as part of our 20th anniversary year, building on the success of our Young Women's Giving Circle efforts in 2019 and 2020. The WGC has chosen to continue our focus on this because it's a need that is easily and often overlooked.
Did you know ...
29% of girls miss school due to lack of supplies needed.
39% cannot provide period products for themselves.
Some are forced to use towels and plastic instead of proper supplies.
Read more about this issue: WGC's Year-Long Feminine Hygiene Product Drive Aims to Ease "Period Poverty" in Howard County - By Lucia Denmeade, WGC Student Intern
Bita Dayhoff, Executive Director of our partners at the Community Action Council agrees, and adds: "Did you know SNAP (food stamps) do NOT cover feminine hygiene products? Nearly 60% of the 51,000 clients that the Howard County Food Bank serves are female! Please help us keep our shelves and all others in our county stocked with feminine hygiene products so we can help women and girls with this basic need on an ongoing basis."
We are hosting our 2022 WGC Feminine Hygiene Product Drive by providing two ways you can give: 1) Donating Money and 2) Donating Products.
We have a goal of raising $2,000 during our 20th Anniversary Year, that we will give directly to the Community Action Council/Howard County Food Bank to purchase these items for women and girls in our community.
Please join us in our year-long effort to collect feminine hygiene products from donors around the county and provide them to our nonprofit partners who can distribute them, and/or by donating to our fundraiser to provide funds to our nonprofit partners to purchase needed items for women and girls in our community.
You can also bring products to drop in marked boxes at six Howard County Library System branches around the county. We are collecting donated products on a regular basis and bringing them to the Community Action Council/Howard County Food Bank, and Columbia Community Care to distribute to women and girls in our community.