Women United Feminine Hygiene Drive

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For Donors

Drive-Thru Drop Off:

Saturday, March 27, 2021

9am to 12pm

C.A. Barrs Contractors Inc.

7601 George Washington Memorial Hwy

Yorktown, VA 23692

Ways to participate:

1. Sign up HERE for the items you wish to bring the morning of the event.

2. Donate online HERE until March 10th and your items will be delivered to UWVP directly before the event.

 

For Agencies

Pick up:

Saturday, March 27, 2021

1pm to 3pm

C.A. Barrs Contractors Inc.

7601 George Washington Memorial Hwy

Yorktown, VA 23692

 

Sign up HERE for the receive items for your local organization through this drive.

 

*We will do our best to fulfill as much need as possible, however please understand that it may not be possible to provide all of our agencies with their entire request.

 

The Need: 

In a survey conducted by the Lavender Lounge, a result of a partnership between Olde Towne Pharmacy and United Way of the Virginia Peninsula and funding from the Williamsburg Community Foundation to provide feminine hygiene products to women in need, 52% of women reported that within the last five years, they have not been able to reliably obtain menstrual products when needed.  This percentage includes women who were not able to purchase or obtain products from non-profits.  Of the women who requested products, 50% received SNAP benefits, 48% did not, and 2% chose not to answer.  

 

            When asked how they compensated for circumstances where they did not have access to a hygiene product, 37.5% used non-sanitary products (such as wadded toilet paper/paper towels, old clothing, or other means), 30% reported borrowing either products or money for products, 12.5% went without, 2.5% stayed home (instead of school or work), and 17.5% found products through other services/methods.  According to a 2015 study, using non-sanitary options regularly contributed towards higher symptom rates of urogenital infections such as bacterial vaginosis or urinary tract infections.  While this study focused on primarily underdeveloped areas with limited access to running water, the principles of infection can apply in all environments.  Products which are not made specifically for menstrual cycles increase the probability of acquiring infections due to higher moisture and decreased air flow.  

 

            Lack of access to products have more than only health concerns.  Women have regularly reported not attending school or work due to concerns with not being able to maintain a professional or presentable appearance which prevents performance and productivity.  These setbacks may seem minor at the time, but missing even one day a month, especially for women in low-income situations, can have detrimental consequences.  Most places of employment in Virginia have an average of 5 sick days a year and 15 days of PTO after at least 3 years of experience.  Missing 12 days of employment due to menstrual concerns cuts into these allocations significantly.  Missed employment further contributes to prolonging the cycle of poverty as studies have shown that stable employment is one of the greatest factors which can help move an individual out of poverty.