#goldentampon was founded in 2017 by Shanda Golden and is now an annual event that distributes tampons and pads for homeless women. Shanda believes that by working together and providing feminine hygiene products for our sisters in transition we can help homeless women restore their dignity. These are the basic principles of what Shanda calls “The Compassion Cure”.
The number of families in the US needing assistance continues to increase every year. The lack of access to menstrual health products for people who are either homeless or low-income is appalling. SNAP or welfare programs do not cover the cost of these necessary products. Many times a women must choose between food and her hygiene products. This leaves countless women without the necessary products required not only for her health, but also for her dignity.
It is estimated that the lifetime cost of a women’s period will be over $18,000. The fact that menstruation is a taboo topic to begin with means that people, who are able help, often aren’t even aware that such a vast need exists.
The “Golden Tampon” drive benefits women receiving services at Volunteers of America Record Street campus. VOA is a non-profit organization that provides emergency shelter for men, women and families at the Community Assistance Center in Reno. VOA also provides mental health services to individuals and families who are homeless or at risk of homelessness and have a disabling mental illness.
With help from the community, VOA will continue to provide the necessary life-changing skills and support to 300 women daily. Unfortunately, there is currently no funding available for feminine care and VOA must rely on donations from the community to help with these basic necessities that so many of us take for granted. To learn more about Volunteers of America and to learn how you can get involved with teambuilding and to give dignity now visit https://app.mobilecause.com/vf/GoldenTampon
DROP OFF AT:
Bizarre Guitar - Command Center
2677 Oddie Blvd.
Reno, NV 89512
775-331-1001 or 775-848-0958