Cycle Forward is focused on creating immediate and effective impact for women in need. One hundred percent of the donations we receive will be used to purchase pads/tampons in bulk.
These items, in addition to the in-kind donations we receive will be distributed directly to women in need through our partners.
We work with several local organizations to ensure that the tampons and sanitary napkins we collect are distributed to those who need them:
Moraine Township Food Pantry located in Highland Park, IL, which is open 7 days a week to provide free food and other essential items to Moraine Township residents in need.
PADS of Lake County a homeless shelter located in Waukegan, IL
Support the Girls, Chicago, a Chicago-based organization that helps at-risk women by providing them with bras and feminine hygiene products.
Stock the Shelves, a collaboration among several North Shore churches and synagogues, provides toiletries and other daily essential items to the refugee community living in the Chicago area.
The Night Ministry, based in Chicago, is an organization that serves members of the community struggling with poverty or homelessness by providing housing, healthcare, and human connection.
Maryville Academy, located in Des Plaines, IL, which provides therapeutic residential programs for teens and women ages 13-21, including new mothers and those seeking treatment for substance abuse.
EZRA Food & Hygiene Pantry, part of the Greater Chicago Food Depository network, which provides food and personal care items on a monthly basis to those in need.
Cycle Forward is working with a volunteer in Ft. Meyers, FL working to distribute sanitary products to organizations in the area, including the following:
Jewish Federation of Lee and Charlotte Counties Food Pantry
The Marylebone Project/Bradbury House (London, UK), a women’s shelter with 122 beds that focuses on the themes of spirituality, hospitality, empowerment and resettlement for women in need.
Taj Foundation (India), an NGO in India that focuses on the empowerment of adolescent girls and women in rural India. In addition to providing sanitary products, Cycle Forward works with the Taj Foundation to educate young girls about the importance of menstrual health (read more below).
Education & Advocacy
In addition to providing sanitary products to those in need, Cycle Forward is deeply committed to education and advocacy on the issue of menstrual health on both local and global levels.
Taj Foundation PartnershiP
In late 2018, Cycle Forward founder Sophie Draluck visited the Taj Foundation, an NGO in India that focuses on the empowerment of adolescent girls and women in rural India. She spoke to 80 girls about the importance of menstrual health and the value of staying in school to continue one’s education.