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  • Supervisor Elías Announces Pima County Support of YWCA’s ‘Project Period’

    Nov 22, 2016 | Read More News
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    County seeks help collecting tampons and sanitary pads for women and girls in need

    November 22, 2016

    TUCSON, ARIZONA-- Pima County District 5 Supervisor Richard Elías announced today that he and Pima County will support the YWCA's 'Project Period' this holiday season. At its November meeting today, the Board of Supervisors proclaimed December to be 'Project Period Month.'

    Project Period
    collects tampons and sanitary pads for women and girls in need.

    "Access to menstruation-related products should be universal," said Supervisor Elías. "Instead, women and girls face having to miss work or school because they're unable to buy tampons and pads, which are expensive, taxed, and not covered by insurance."

    Supervisor Elías has committed to collecting 500 boxes of tampons and pads between now until Tuesday, December 19th. He has also created a GoFundMe page to raise $1,000 for Project Period.

    Members of the public are encouraged to donate online, or drop-off new hygiene products at the Pima County Administration Building, 130 W. Congress St, where a collection box will be placed on the 11th Floor main lobby.

    In its second year, Project Period is an initiative of the YWCA of Southern Arizona. According to the YWCA of Southern Arizona:
    • Tampons and pads are expensive. The average lifetime cost of menstruation-related supplies is nearly $20,000 per woman.
    • Tampons and pads aren't covered by insurance, they're taxed, and loved ones miss work or school because they can't afford them. 
    • Tampons and pads are out of reach for menstruating homeless women, making life even harder and less dignified.
    Project Period supports the following YWCA partners and community agencies: Emerge Center for Domestic Abuse, Primavera, Our Family Services, Child and Family Resources, Inc., the Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona, Teen Outreach Pregnancy Services, The Haven, and the Tucson Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network.

    Supervisor Elías has represented District 5 on the Pima County Board of Supervisors since 2002.

    For more information, contact Caitlin Jensen at 520-724-8126. You can email her at


    Project Period