PDX Period Project

A Peacemaking Project by Haley F.

What is the injustice we are solving?

I don't think that homeless women have the proper access to feminine hygiene products like they should. It is a natural cycle that nowadays cost too much to take care of.


Adrian B.
5 April 2018 15:22
Hi Haley,

We wanted to let you know that we are extending the deadline for active projects to apply for a Mini-Grant during this Peace First Challenge to April 15th. You can apply for a mini-grant anytime, but meeting the Challenge deadlines will make you eligible for additional opportunities.

If you do not require a mini-grant to complete your project, you can remain eligible by completing your project and Reflection before the May 31st deadline! If you submit your project plan by April 15th, we'll be sure to provide you with feedback by April 21st to support you with carrying out the plan.

If you are still in early stages of planning, you are also welcome to apply for a mini-grant at a later date -- although you may not be eligible for some of our larger opportunities, the opportunity for funding and support is always there.

Please let me know if you have any questions, and if we can help in any way!

Adrian B.
29 March 2018 20:40
Hi Haley,

Just checking in about your project and the next steps. I wanted to make sure you are aware of the upcoming Mini-Grant Deadline - there is still time to remain eligible to attend a Peace First Challenge Accelerator if you complete your Compassionate Insight, Project Plan, and Mini-Grant application by March 31st.

We're excited about your work, and would love to be able to support it with a mini-grant of up to $250.

These tools can help you craft your insight, plan, and budget for your mini-grant:

Through your dashboard you can submit your "compassionate insight," record your plan in "Make a plan" and then "Apply for a mini-grant" for the materials you need.

Let me know how I can help!

Fish S. Peace First Staff
16 March 2018 17:30
Hi Haley -- these are the right questions to be asking! You are definitely on the right track :)

I would start by speaking to homeless people who menstruate, and folks that work with homeless people. If you know any people or organizations that work specifically on menstrual product access, they'd be good to speak with as well! These folks will give you a good sense of what the root issues are and how you can be helpful. Does that sound good?

Is there anything else we can help with? :)
Haley F.
15 March 2018 0:53
Hi Fish! Thank you so much for that feedback! It is definately something I will remember to keep in mind moving forward!

I did have a question about how I would respectfully go about addressing and making sure that everyone is included that needs to be in this conversation. Have any ideas?

Fish S. Peace First Staff
6 March 2018 11:25
Hi Haley! Awesome project. Thank you for posting it!!

I think you're hitting on a lot of important things -- menstrual hygiene products often aren't affordable for many folks who need them. Especially given the health risks for folks who don't have the menstrual hygiene products they need, these are serious injustices! Sounds like you've done a lot of thinking about this -- we love to see it!

One quick note - something to keep in mind throughout your project is that not all women get periods, and not all people who get periods are women (some nonbinary folks, for instance). While we tend to think of menstrual health as a women's issue, it's more than that -- and thinking about the language you use will help sure you are making everyone you are trying to help feel included & welcome. Here are some resources to get you thinking about this more!

I'm really excited about what you'll come up with to solve this problem. Do you have any ideas for how you want to move forward yet?

Here's another thing I'd encourage you to do: Have some conversations, if you haven't already, with some folks affected by this injustice -- I think it'll help you when you think about your next steps!

The next step is to share your Compassionate Insight -- your thoughts on the injustice and your big idea for making change -- with us by Feb 28th. You can do that on your project dashboard. From what you've shared with us, sounds like you're almost there.

Thanks for doing this awesome work! Are there any ways we can help?