Your help is needed. Period.

Periods are a fact of life. Monthly menstruation products are a necessity. Yet far too many people, especially those living in poverty or experiencing homelessness, simply can’t afford the very items needed to maintain their personal hygiene and dignity.

In March 2017, over 30,000 pads, tampons, and Lunapads were collected to help people in need in the Lower Mainland, donated by the members and employees at the BC Federation of Labour and CLC Pacific Region, CUPE 402, ILWU, Fraser Valley Labour Council, CUPE 1760, HEU, HSA, FPSE, IATSE 891, IBEW 213, MoveUP, Vancity and Unifor 4275, as well as other local organizations and individuals. These products were distributed to United Way partner agencies, expanding the wide range of supports you offer people on their paths from poverty to possibility.

Your help is needed. Period.

Periods are a fact of life. Monthly menstruation products are a necessity. And nobody should have to pick between feeding their family and being able to afford basic hygiene products. Yet far too many people – especially those living in poverty – simply can’t afford them.

The result? Loss of dignity. Too many young girls missing school because they don’t have access to products. Others forced to scramble to live without or depend on asking for help.


The community need is real.

Menstruation and the need for menstrual products is not a topic that many are willing to talk about. It’s personal. To some it’s a source of shame, and to many young girls in particular, it’s just embarrassing.

For many struggling families, the issue is compounded when the need is there for both parents and kids. Add on the pressure for newcomers and refugee families, or for those who identify as trans or gender non-conforming, and it can be plain overwhelming.

So, while it’s too often a silent issue, the need is very real.

In a recent survey with United Way partner agencies in the Lower Mainland, almost 60% of the respondents who don’t provide menstruation products do get asked for them. And more than 80% indicated they don’t have a proper budget for menstruation products – leaving them dependent on donations, or, in a few cases, staff purchasing these products out of their own pockets.

In cases where donated menstruation products haven’t been available, our partner agencies reported everything from vulnerable women having to just live without to desperate stories of young girls shoplifting in an effort to fill the need.

For more information:
contact the CLC Labour Department at United Way of the Lower Mainland.
phone: 604.294.8929 ext. 1320.

This project is supported by the United Way and CLC Labour partnership.

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Help us collect menstruation products for those who need it.

And help somebody who is already struggling, live with a bit of the dignity we all deserve.

Tampon Tuesday is an easy way to help those in need live with dignity.

Start a collection drive

1. Download a Tampon Tuesday Donation Box Sign
2. Set up a collection box in your workplace, school or community location
3. Spread the word about Tampon Tuesday

Drop off your products

Individual donations of menstrual products or collections can be dropped off at our office March 6-20, 2018.

United Way of the Lower Mainland
4543 Canada Way, Burnaby
Office Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Join us to celebrate

Join us on March 20, 2018 for our Tampon Tuesday wrap event.


To learn more about Tampon Tuesday, contact us:

event info: Tampon Tuesday wrap event
phone: 604.294.8929 ext. 1320

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