United Way Niagara’s Period Promise campaign underway for 2023

Niagara, ON, May 1, 2023 – Every year thousands of people in Niagara are forced to choose between
safe menstrual products and other basic necessities. The United Way Niagara Period Promise campaign
aims to change that. Today, representatives from United Way Niagara and Meridian Credit Union joined
local dignitaries to officially kick-off the 2023 campaign at the Stevensville Meridian Credit Union
location. Together, the group made the first donation of period products to the campaign.

“Inaccessible menstrual products can translate to isolation, mental stress, sick days and missed
opportunities for people facing the pressures of poverty,” says United Way Niagara CEO Frances
Hallworth. “With such strong community support on board this year, I hope we can strive for the best
Period Promise campaign yet.”

“Meridian is committed to help provide all people and communities access to the resources they need,
giving them the opportunity to thrive, participate and flourish,” said Shelley Dix, District Vice President,
Meridian. “We are honoured to be working with United Way in this community-focused partnership and
hope we can help make a meaningful impact in Niagara.”

Meridian has been a dedicated community builder in Niagara for many years, supporting United Way
Niagara for several decades. Providing local support is a foundational part of Meridian’s identity.
Remarks were also provided by local political representatives in support of the campaign, including:

  • Mona Patel, Niagara Falls City Councillor
  • Shannon Mitchell, Constituency Assistant, Wayne Gates MPP
  • Sharmila Setaram, Welland City Councillor

The 2023 campaign runs from May 1 to June 3. You can find a list of all the community drop-off locations
throughout the campaign and more information about the initiative on the Period Promise website