We are Students Against Period Poverty, a nonprofit that addresses the systemic issue of period poverty & specifically created CAPPIT to help COVID-affected menstruators by distributing menstrual care packages in San Jose. For instance, we have already partnered with & plan to donate care packages throughout the future to the shelters HouseOfGrace & CityTeam. We also ensure compliance with all safety regulations whilst alleviating the detrimental effects of period poverty for the greatest number of those at-risk. Materials bought to make care packages using this grant will be shipped separately to each volunteer’s house to ensure social distancing. Care packages include an array of menstrual products that sustain individuals through several menstrual cycles. Partnering up with our community members, we want to also create personalized letters for these menstruators and include these letters in our care packages. Currently, we have 50 dedicated volunteers & plan to expand as we gain recognition. Volunteers will be tasked with securing monetary & physical donations of menstrual products and putting together our menstrual care packages. Physical donations would be left untouched for 72+ hours to ensure the safety of our volunteers. When donating our care packages to shelters, volunteers will donate their packages at separate times to ensure there are no mass gatherings. With CAPPIT, we envision supporting 200+ women monthly with menstrual goods throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Even after restrictions lift, we hope to expand CAPPIT by creating care package workshops and allowing people to make care packages directly in these workshops so that care packages are not only donated to shelters after restrictions lift but also to more menstruators directly by putting care packages at designated pickup points such as schools, centers, etc. This all goes towards our mission to protect our community's health & safety, starting with the most vulnerable & disadvantaged.
Funded by San Jose, CA (January 2021)