In my previous Slate post I introduced the Issue I had chosen (Period Poverty) and explained what it is and how it affects people, and also briefly went over the Pink Tax. After I wrote that slate post I did a lot of research on how I could help with this issue. I found a lot of great organizations that are doing work to help end period poverty all over the world. Here are some of them: Alliance for Period Supplies, PERIOD, and The Spot Menstrual Hub. These are all great organizations that have different approaches to the issue. I ended up choosing to raise money and awareness for The Spot Menstrual Hub though, because it is more local than the other ones. The way I chose to raise awareness and money for this organization was through a bake sale. I think bake sales are a great way to get the word out about something and raise a lot of money. Before I did my bakesale I contacted Lynette Medley who is the founder of The Menstrual Hub to let her know what I was going to do in case she wanted me to do anything specific, she was very gracious and happy I was going to be doing this. I chose to do the bake sale on Fairmount Ave. because there is a lot of foot traffic there, especially on Saturdays so that meant hopefully more people would stop and buy stuff. I made red velvet cupcakes with cream cheese icing, vegan banana cupcakes with white icing, gluten free chocolate chewy cookies, gluten free pretzel brownies, and seven layer bars to sell at the bake sale.
It was a little slow going when I started but then sales started to pick up as it got closer to lunch time. I was having people pay using either venmo or cash, and a lot of people were very generous and paid more than I was charging as a donation. When I told people that were walking by about the cause that I was fundraising for everyone was really interested, and a lot of people had never heard about this issue before so I was happy that I was able to educate more people about this and spread awareness. I am really happy that I chose this issue to work on for my You and the World project because I still think it is not talked about nearly enough, and I will continue to try to tell people about it. There is still a long way to go to end period poverty but the more people talk about it and try to raise awareness or donate their time or money, the closer we will be to ending period poverty.
If you are interested in making a donation to this amazing organization here is a link to their gofundme.