Our Mission: To provide menstrual and hygiene products to homeless
and low-income women and girls throughout Yakima Valley and beyond.
Every woman, regardless of her station in life, is valuable, deserving of kindness and should always be able to retain her dignity regardless of circumstances. Imagine having to live on the streets and being unable to get menstrual hygiene products.. or clean underclothes.. or a place to wash yourself.
At W4W, we recognize that periods are an incredibly taboo subject in today’s society and that is why part of our mission is to change that. At some point in time women and young girls were given the idea that menstruating is embarrassing and shameful. We have even given periods code names because it has become inappropriate to even use the word period. Now imagine being a woman and knowing the stigma associated with periods in general, coupled with not having access to menstrual products.
This is a problem that millions of women and girls, right here in the United States, face each month. Without access to proper care they are forced to use articles of clothing or other items that they can glean, to line their pants, which can lead to embarrassment, discomfort, stress and even infection.
Somehow, as a society we have managed to overlook this serious problem, that must stop now. The government grants money each year for social service providers to purchase condoms, because they are “essential items.” However, shelters and social service agencies receive zero government funding to cover the cost of menstrual products because they have been deemed “luxury” items. For women and girls in shelters and on the streets, tampons and pads have actually become a luxury item, and that is unacceptable. We can change that, and together we will.
Please consider donating either a cash gift, which will be used to buy essential needs for homeless women and girls, or choose items from our Amazon Wishlist which will be sent directly from Amazon to our headquarters in Washington State.
Volunteers from W4W will then distribute the items to our partner organizations that serve those in need who may be on the streets or staying in shelters. Any size donation can help.
Women For Women of Yakima was founded by Ranae York in 2017. Ranae was
previously the Executive Director of a domestic violence and homelessness
program in Eastern Washington State. She has seen firsthand the devastating
effects that homelessness and living in poverty have on women and girls.
Ranae was driven to launch the project due to the overwhelming need in Yakima
and surrounding areas for menstrual products for women and girls that cannot
'I will do anything and everything I can to ensure that every woman
and girl that finds herself without the hygiene products she needs will be
supported and assisted through Women for Women. The need is glaringly
apparent. What if she was your sister, wife, daughter? What would you do?'
For most people, getting their period is little more than an annoyance, filled with uncomfortable cramps and bloating. But for people experiencing homelessness, getting your period can lead to stress, embarrassment, missing meals, and missing opportunities. Put yourself in her shoes.
Ranae York, Founder and Director of Women for Women of Yakima