Dignity (n)- The state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect.
Through an international network of Affiliates, I Support the Girls collects and distributes essential items, including bras, underwear, and menstrual hygiene products, allowing women experiencing homelessness, impoverishment, or distress to stand tall with dignity.
A woman shouldn’t have to choose between feeding herself and her personal health. Every woman should have the ability to maintain her dignity.
What We Do
I Support the Girls collects donations of new and gently used bras, and individually sealed tampons and maxi pads and distributes them to girls and women experiencing homelessness across the U.S. and globally. Bras are considered a luxury and wearing the same bra for years causes health problems. Many times living on the streets means having to decide between buying a hot meal or a box of tampons. No one should have to make that choice!
Who Do We Help
Whether they be homeless, refugees, in transitional housing, or fleeing domestic violence, women and girls should never have to compromise on dignity. We partner with over 800 vetted organizations to meet the needs of the women we come in contact with. So far, more than 320,000 girls and women have been able to retain their dignity through our product drop-offs.
People experiencing homelessness are stripped of their dignity. People pass them by on the street as if they’re invisible.
Every person, regardless of their circumstances, is worthy of honor and respect. We need to treat every human with the respect they deserve. That starts with providing basic necessities for those who lack access or can’t afford it.
Where We Are Located
I Support The Girls has 52 affiliates across the United States and another 4 globally. Each affiliate is responsible for learning about the local need, meeting and vetting potential organizational partners, collecting and then distributing products so they reach the end user.
Additionally, individuals and businesses (small and large) organize product drives across the country. Those products are then delivered to the local affiliate head who ensures they are distributed to our organizational partners.
When We Do It
Our team works 24/7/365. On a regular Tuesday we’re collecting and delivering. Wildfires in California? We’re collecting and shipping products there for people who have been evacuated. Hurricane season in the south? Our affiliates stock up on products ahead of time so they can begin to meet the local demand right after landfall.
There are 180,000 girls and women living on the streets of the United States and millions more globally. Periods do not stop for hurricanes. Clothes need to be washed and changed. Teen girls do not attend school 3-5 days each month out of embarrassment that they cannot afford menstrual hygiene products. Women cannot stand straight while wearing an 8-year-old bra and they cannot entertain the idea of going on a job interview 3-5 days every month.
The homeless population in the U.S. is rising and women are the fastest growing segment of that population. Dignity does not take vacations. Neither do we.
Since our founding in 2015, I Support The Girls has
- Collected and distributed 700,000 bras
- Collected and distributed 4,000,000 menstrual hygiene products
- Worked with over 800 vetted partner organizations
- Partnered with more than 275 business and corporations to organize drives and collections
The below infographic describes ISTG’s work thru the end of 2018.