Period Poverty refers to the reduced quality of life experienced by people who have periods and who cannot afford the hygiene supplies they need. As a result, they may have problems with attending school, getting to work, and in other ways leading a normal, healthy life.

Neighbors Helping Neighbors is a local effort to help people in the community, organized by Lisa Werner. One of their projects is to collect period hygiene supplies, or collect money to purchase supplies, which are then provided free of charge to local organizations like social service agencies and schools.

Since Neighbors Helping Neighbors is not a recognized charity, donations toward this effort are not currently tax deductible, which undoubtedly reduces public generosity. To support them in their work, Belmont Zen Center is accepting donations earmarked for the hygiene supply project.

If you would like to participate, you can use the buttons below to make a tax-deductible donation to the Center, which will then be passed on to Neighbors Helping Neighbors. You can also mail a check to the address at the bottom of the page — please make it out to Belmont Zen Center, and mark “period poverty” on the memo line.

This is a win-win situation — the organization gets more money, the public gets more help, and donors get a tax deduction. If you have questions about the project, please send them to us ( or organizer Lisa Werner (

Watch a video about this effort.