Women @ Work is a monthly meeting of entrepreneurs and working women. We use this time to collaborate, network, fellowship, and enjoy our common interests. It is something the chamber has offered for many years thanks to its founder and previous board member, Evelyn Butler.
In our June meeting we changed things up a bit. Our sponsor for the month was Greenville Heritage Federal Credit Union. Kathy Moore, who is GHFCU’s Business Development Director suggested we bring in The Homeless Period Project to speak. We heard from Co-Founder, Sharron Champion, who told us about this amazing project! We had over 20 ladies in attendance this month and each one brought in a donation.
The Homeless Period Project was founded in 2015 with a singularly focused mission to provide menstrual hygiene products to homeless living in shelters and on the street. After three years of volunteering in shelters, schools and churches, they recognized the problem of lack of access to menstrual hygiene is both tremendous and global. It is a problem that affects menstruation-age of all ethnicities and in all communities. The obstacle to access exists in schools, workplaces and homes — even requiring some to choose between food and hygiene.
It was heartbreaking to find out just how local this issue is, on our streets and in our very own schools!
Moving forward we will continue our emphasis on helping women to grow as individuals and professionals but now each month we will also find a way to give back to our community!!
You do not have to be a Chamber member to attend so please join us at our next meeting! Follow our Facebook page for dates and further information!
“It was an honor to be given the opportunity to share about The Homeless Period Project with the Fountain Inn’s Chamber of Commerce Women @ Work. The women (and man) who attended the June’s Women @ Work were extremely welcoming and eager to learn about resources for their community. I have received a number of emails from those who attended wanting to help HPP. So much gratitude to the Fountain Inn Chamber of this nonprofit moment.”
Sharron M. Champion, Co-Founder/Executive Director
By Whitney Ferguson♦