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Period Promise

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.

United Way is committed to making it easier for everyone to access the menstrual products they need. Every donation raises awareness, reduces stigma, and tackles the vulnerability and isolation caused by period poverty.

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

The Period Promise Red Dot menstrual equity advocacy campaign raises awareness of period poverty in our community.

Get involved with the Red Dot Campaign:

Print the red dot poster and display it in your workplace, public-facing windows and share your support on social media.

Empower. Advocate. Donate.

You can donate period products or organize a collection campaign in your community. United Way is hosting drop offs, please choose your community. 

May 6th, 13th

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

May 27th

10:00 AM – 6:00 PM

*Email jrobinson@uwhh.ca for alternate arrangements

UWHH Community Donation Warehouse

3057 Mainway (Around the back loading docks of Community Living Burlington)

Burlington, ON L7M 1A1

March 20st – May 31st

Gellert Community Centre

10241 Eighth Line, Halton Hills, L7G 4S5

 

March 20th – May 30th

Halton Hills Public Library – Georgetown Branch

9 Church Street, Georgetown, ON, L7G 2A3

Halton Hills Public Library – Acton Branch

17 River Street, Acton, ON, L7J 1C2

April 8th – May 30th

Solidarity Place

51 Adair Ave South

Contact Gillian for drop off: gsurette-robinson@uwhh.ca

 

Dundas Public Library

18 Ogilvie Street, Dundas

 

Turner Park Library

352 Rymal Road East

 

Hamilton Cemetery

777 York Blvd

 

Forestry Operations Centre

1301 Upper Ottawa

 

Gage Park Tropical House

1000 Main Street E

 

Legal Services

50 Main Street East, Hamilton

 

Ancaster Municipal Service Center

300 Wilson St E, Ancaster

April 24th – May 31st

Town Hall

150 Mary Street

8:30 am to 4:30 pm

 

Milton Sports Centre

605 Santa Maria Boulevard

8:30 am – 7:00 pm

 

Sherwood Community Centre

6355 Main St W

8:30 am – 7:00 pm

April 1 – May 31

Iroquois Ridge Community Centre

1051 Glenashton Drive

Oakville, ON L6H 6Z4

 

Oakville Trafalgar Community Centre

325 Reynolds Street

Oakville, ON L6J 3L7

 

Trafalgar Park Community Centre

133 Rebecca Street

Oakville, ON L6K 1J5

 

Glen Abbey Community Centre

1415 Third Line

Oakville ON L6M 3G2

 

River Oaks Community Centre

2400 Sixth Line

Oakville, ON L6H 3M8

 

Sixteen Mile Community Centre

3070 Neyagawa Blvd.

Oakville, ON L6M 4L6

 

QE Park Community and Cultural Centre

2302 Bridge Rd

Oakville, ON L6L 3L5

Period Promise Policy

United Way’s Period Promise policy is an advocacy movement to help end period poverty and to de-stigmatize menstruation by inviting local businesses and organizations to provide free menstrual hygiene products in washrooms, in the same way that toilet paper is provided. Period Products are a NECESSITY, not a luxury.

  • If you are an elected representative, executive, union leader or business owner, sign the Period Promise Policy and commit to providing free menstrual hygiene products to anyone accessing your facilities.

Every year thousands of people have to choose between safe menstrual products or other basic necessities.

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:

Acclaim Health

Canadian Mental Health Association Halton Region Branch

Eaton Industries Canada Company

ETFO Halton Elementary Teachers

IBEW Local 105

L3Harris – Wescam

OPSEU Local 281

Solidarity Place

UNIFOR 5555

UNIFOR Local 707

United Association Local 67

United Way Halton & Hamilton

UPS Canada

Vagabond Saints

YWCA Hamilton

Partners & Sponsors