Women of West St. Paul

Our FIFTH anniversary 2023!

And we’re aiming high for this year’s pad drive: $10K in 10 weeks!!

We’ve been really successful in getting the word out and helping our neighbors every year get the hygiene products they need and deserve—and we’re nowhere near stopping.

OK, but like how much are we talking, here?

Take My Money!

Want to just drop us some cash and not worry about the rest? We take a cue from mutual aid movements and skip the GoFundMe format so the people who need it mostest get the very mostest. Every penny has always gone toward products. This is an all-volunteer operation.

Here’s how you send us money:

Take My Tampons, Pads, and Cups!

If you prefer to drop products to our period advocates, you can do that too! We’ll be hosting “fill the trunk” events for fundraising and fun, adding drop boxes around town, and you can get in touch with us and make a drop at our homes. Watch this space and our social media for event updates.

Or, if you're more of a click-and-ship type, you can also purchase items from WoW's Amazon list and we'll take care of the rest!

Sustainability: WoW Creates Community Change

We don’t just run fundraisers or drives, though: WoW is committed to increasing access to the democratic process and creating sustainable, equitable change in our community. We’re not afraid to say we’ve had a huge impact:

A win we’re particularly proud of: After receiving word our school district needed help with period products in the nurse’s offices and bathrooms, we dove in to donate! We filled so many closets and drawers they were ready to turn the rest away to another waiting organization. But even better, through this persistent advocacy and donation, we were able to open a line of communication with the school district, and advocate for and achieve a line item in the budget for period products for the schools! We can cross them off the list of donations and find another partner in need. Movements like these are happening nationwide, both in communities and legislatures, to increase period security and make sure every human with a period lives with dignity.

Why do you do this?

WoW History: We Haven't Forgotten

Ever since first female mayor of West St. Paul Jenny Thompson Halverson said, “This won’t be forgotten, folks,” after blowing the whistle on a whole lot of bad, misogynistic behavior during her time on city council and as mayor, WoW has made it a goal to increase civic engagement, make room for women, non-binary, and other underrepresented folks at the decision making table, and make West St. Paul a more progressive place to work, live, and play.

May 18, 2018 marked a historic meeting: Hundreds of West St. Paul citizens came to support the mayor, denounce both situational and systemic sexism and other city-wide issues, and rally for change in our city. Each year we hold our hygiene drive to both honor the glass-ceiling smashers and to gladly take on our own share of civic responsibility for the causes that matter to our community.

We raise money and collect products such as tampons, pads, and cups to help our menstruating neighbors get the supplies they need. We’ve changed the way we raise money and collect products each year based on need and safety protocols.

WoW in the World

If you want to read more about how this fundraiser came to be, check out this Teen Vogue story.

We got a sweet update from the Star Tribune in 2021, too.

How else can I help?

Glad you asked!

You can:

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Contact Us

Need another way to donate or drop off products? Have questions or connections or want to help?