When we think of financial needs of women and girls, we often think of urban struggles and third-world communities. Yet nestled in the beautiful hills and valleys of western Pennsylvania, and near the Susquehanna River, is a community that represents the very real struggles of poverty in our rural areas. Mount Union, PA, fits this description. Jobs are not plentiful, families are struggling, drug addiction is on the rise, and children are reminded each day that they have a choice between their current situation and improving their options through education and opportunity.
The 28 Days Project identified this community through a relationship with an AmeriCorps college and career counselor whose job it is to introduce the youth of Mount Union High School to the options of college and careers — and how to get there. It was discovered through consultation with the school nurse and others that 150 girls of Mount Union have an underlying need — personal hygiene supplies. Part of the 28 Days Project mission is to enable ‘a less stressful, more confident period.’ Enabling the confidence of these high school girls with tampons, pads, and deodorant is just one step toward their personal goals.
If you would like to get more engaged with the needs of Mount Union, or another of our partner organizations, donate today or please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.