Frequently Asked Questions and Answers
Anyone can receive menstrual products from PERIOD National! Whether you are a PERIOD Chapter, 501c(3) organization / non-profit, or just an individual who would like to help their community, you can request products from the order form!
We supply donated product for free always!
You can find the order form on the Chapter Service page within the LaunchPad. If you aren’t a chapter yet and you’d like to get involved, you could start a chapter!
CURRENTLY PICK UP IS NOT AVAILABLE DUE TO SOCIAL DISTANCING **
Portland partners can schedule a pick-up products at our office at 1801 NW Upshur.
Partners in the continental U.S. who serve people experiencing financial or housing instability can order products! Our Service team works hard to ship as many products as possible everyday from our Portland office.
We try to fill as many orders as we can, but that our inventory of donated products sometimes gets low. The order form will let you know if we are unable to accept new orders, or you will be informed by firstname.lastname@example.org.
We try get products to you within 2-3 weeks of ordering, but when we receive a large number of orders or inventory is low, that can be delayed. We will let you know via the form or email if we are unable to fill your order within 2-3 weeks. Unfortunately, we cannot handle urgent requests. We will be shutting down for three weeks over the holidays, but will resume shipping in late January.
No, we don’t ship outside the continental U.S. The cost of shipping and the carbon load makes it too prohibitive. It is more cost-effective and sustainable to buy products locally. Sometimes, we can ship our products to a staging location in the continental US for nonprofits who serve people outside the US. They will then transport those products themselves to another location, which can make sense from a sustainability standpoint when combined in a larger shipment.
Yes! PERIOD donates menstrual products free of cost to anyone who is serving marginalized communities.
Starting a Chapter FAQs
Thinking about starting a chapter in your school or community? Wondering how to get the ball rolling? Read below! If you are an existing chapter and have more specific questions, please head over to the Launchpad where you’ll be able to find more information!
In terms of the time commitment, it definitely varies a lot from person to person, and chapter to chapter! We don't have any strict requirements when it comes to what route you decide to take with your chapter, the reach, meetings, recruiting, etc. Since we understand that everyone has different time availabilities, we leave it up to you! All you have to do is report back to PERIOD National by filling out the quarterly surveys letting us know how you're doing, as well as keeping us up to date with contact information changes, responding to all communications from National, etc. You'll be able to read more about this once you've become a chapter! Basically, if you're able to put in 10 hours a week that's amazing. 20? Stellar! 5? Great too! Also, if you're not able to work on your chapter for a couple of months because you're on vacation or just busy, no worries! You'd still have to let us know and fill out the surveys.
We typically recommend that people start a PERIOD chapter and operate it as a “branch” of the pre-existing club or group. Once you apply to become a PERIOD Chapter, your official chapter name will be: PERIOD @ [School name, State], but you can continue to work out of your club! In other words, you can continue to have your typical meetings, but do PERIOD activities through this structure.
There are some school chapters who have trouble getting approved by their administration, so they start a community chapter, and then down the line, when they have a solid structure, and more of a presence in their community they are able to start it in their school. If you are in a school, we do encourage you to make your chapter official in your school, since that way you’ll be able to be involved with your school administration in getting products in your schools, and have more leverage with your school district!
Our three main pillars are service, education and advocacy. Some of our chapters focus on all of these pillars, but usually they have more modest goals and choose to focus on only one. This is totally up to you! Once you are a chapter you will be able to get access to all of the amazing tools that we have in our Activist Launch Pad! This includes educational workshops, policy materials about how to get products in your schools and meet with your state representatives, all the information you need to be able to do service in your community, and more! With that you will be then able to build a strategy for your chapter, and support menstrual equity in your community.
We have lots of international chapters! You will get access to the same tools and resources as any other approved chapter! This includes educational workshops, policy materials about how to get products in schools and meet with US state representatives, information you need to be able to do service in your community, and more! For international chapters, the work you'll do might look a little bit different. Given that PERIOD National is not able to ship menstrual products outside of the continental United States, and also given that the policy materials are currently US-focused, our international chapters a lot of the time need to fully rely on product drives as well as starting partnerships with menstrual product companies that are local to where they are located. Also, in terms of tackling policy in your school/city/state or province/country, we are not going to be able to give you as much support, but you are always welcome to use our materials as a guide on how to get started!
Active Chapters FAQs
Part of a Chapter and still have questions? Read below! The Launch Pad is a treasure trove of information, but we understand there’s a lot to take in! Refer to the chapter playbook for quick answers, and always know you can reach out to us at PERIOD National for more help.
Due to COVID-19, we currently do not have any volunteer opportunities available at PERIOD HQ in Portland, OR. Depending on what you’re interested in helping out with, we might have some volunteer opportunities available. Please make sure to send an email to email@example.com with more information about you, what you’re interested in volunteering with, and your time availability!
Please keep an eye out for openings on our Who We Are page on the period.org website!
You know your community / your school best! We recommend that you meet with your team and brainstorm ways to best engage with your community members and peers. Build a strategy around your events and campaigns, and make sure to share it with people who you think might be interested in joining you via Instagram, putting up posters, partnering with other organizations (women’s resource center, sororities, fraternities, clubs focused on social justice or activism, etc.), etc.! Once you have a goal for the semester, or for the month/year, it will be easier to build community.
You are more than welcome to create any logos or use any materials you want for your chapter! If you’d like to make any edits, or have any additions to the PERIOD logo, please make sure to check out the PERIOD branding guidelines for guidance. As a chapter, you also have a logo available to you specific to your chapter. Feel free to use your own official PERIOD logo to make shirts, stickers, or any other merch! For approval on your graphics, or if you have any questions about this, please email firstname.lastname@example.org!
You should be able to find your chapter logo in the Google Drive folder available to you once you get onboarded. It usually takes a couple of days after you sign your MOU for the logo to appear in there. If it has been more than 2 weeks since you sent in your MOU, please send a follow up email to email@example.com.
Before doing a product drive, ordering menstrual products from PERIOD National, doing a packing party, etc., you want to make sure to check in with the shelters and organizations in your community you’re wanting to distribute to. Ask them what they need, and how they’d like to receive these products. Depending on the communities they serve, they might prefer the products in period packs, while others might prefer the product in their original packaging. Also, some might prefer to only get pads, or tampons!
Unfortunately, we are not able to ship menstrual products outside of the continental USA. Shipping can be very expensive, carbon-intensive, and customs and toll fees make it prohibitive to ship products outside the continental USA (ie: not to Alaska & Hawaii or international locations). Hopefully in the future we’ll be able to ship worldwide!
Check out our Service page in Launchpad and fill out the Order Product Form. Please make sure you include a contact name, chapter name, address, and number of products you’re requesting. We limit requests to 2000 tampons/2500 pads per month per chapter just so we can share our resources as much as possible.
We ask that you order products as far in advance as possible, but generally it takes about 2-3 weeks from the time PERIOD National receives the order and notifies our warehouse.
Due to the large number of requests we get, alongside the shipping limitations we might not be able to ship you the products you need on time, but please make sure to email our Service Team (firstname.lastname@example.org) with more details. We will see what we can do!
If we aren’t able to ship your products on time, you’ll probably need to purchase products yourself online, or at a local low-cost store such as Costco.
A service partner should be a local organization or shelter with whom you can build a relationship with and distribute menstrual products to! Common service partners are food pantries, homeless or transitional living shelters, free clinics, diaper banks, LGBTQ+ centers, youth centers, etc.! We recommend looking up nonprofits in your area and reaching out to them and asking if they’re in need of menstrual products. From there, feel free to utilize the partner email templates (which you can find under Service in Launchpad) to guide your initial outreach and following communications.