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Together, we can end period poverty in Montana!

 
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Crescent Montana reduces education and health disparities in Montana by providing readily available menstrual products and education materials for students and those in need. 

Our mission:

A growing pool of data shows that as many as 1 in 5 girls in the United States has been forced to miss school because they didn't have adequate access to menstrual products (1). This phenomenon, known as "period poverty," disrupts education and can create further social and health related inequities. At Crescent, we believe Montana students have the right to an education without being hindered by poor menstrual care. 

 

Crescent works to eliminate period poverty in Montana by providing free and readily-available period products to Montana schools, with an emphasis on rural, low income and at-risk communities. 


Crescent empowers young women, valuing both their health and education, and showing them that the two are not mutually exclusive

Bozeman High School Senior, 2019


This is incredible!! I really appreciate that you are helping provide menstrual hygiene products and reproductive education to schools. Thank you.

By making menstrual products free and available to any student in need, we are helping to dismantle the pervasive stigma that menstrual needs are less important than other daily needs. Schools provide free toilet paper to our students, what makes period products any different?

During the critical period of adolescence, tackling this stigma is especially important. Crescent shows Montana students they don't need to choose between being comfortable and healthy and getting an education.

Bozeman High School First-Year, 2019

About us

Summer 2018: two recent high school graduates in a restaurant booth, two plates of pancakes between them, a crescent moon dangling in the sky above them.

Crescent’s two co-founders first began dreaming in the Summer of 2018 after one of them pitched the idea of starting a non-profit over an IHOP pancake dinner. In searching for the best way they could give back to their community, period poverty (although they didn’t know the term at the time!) kept popping up. Neither of them knew of a local group addressing the issue specifically in Montana… and sure enough, there wasn’t one.

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Fast forward and Crescent Montana is an entirely student-run and student-led 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to combating period poverty in Montana. Doubling as a student organization at Montana State University, we are overjoyed to continue giving back to our larger Montana community by providing free and readily accessible period products, creating educational menstrual health materials, and working to normalize and destigmatize the experiences of menstruation. 

OUR team

Board of
Directors

Jay Brito

Co-President

Abby Bernard

Co-President

Dale Hansen

Vice President

Owen Burroughs

Treasurer

Thea Keene

Graphics Director

Board members after fundraising with Wild Joe's Coffee, Bozeman, MT
Board members after fundraising with Wild Joe's Coffee, Bozeman, MT

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Jay Brito's interview with KBZK
Jay Brito's interview with KBZK

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Owen Burroughs accepts Rotary donation.
Owen Burroughs accepts Rotary donation.

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Board members after fundraising with Wild Joe's Coffee, Bozeman, MT
Board members after fundraising with Wild Joe's Coffee, Bozeman, MT

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Thank you to our wonderful

volunteers and supporters

Dr. Mary Alice Carlson MSU Faculty Adviser

Darby May Boardroom Bobcat

Kellie Cahill Legal Services

Sam Alm Original dispenser design​

Emmarose Mills​ Photography

Clare Mills Photo & Design

Sean Kelly Music

Audrey Miller

Ryan Swimley

Sage Crawford-Kahrl

Alison Fitzpatrick

Olivia Ross

Derek Perry

Fiona Fick

Collin Wright

Stella Ryan

Jaime Bard

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Current Projects

Basket Program:
Free Period Products For Schools

Beginning in 2018, Crescent launched its Period Product Basket Initiative to help combat period poverty in Montana.

 

We partner with Montana schools by providing and stocking free period product baskets in school restrooms. The baskets, which are designed to be friendly and inviting, are accompanied by informational posters containing accurate instructions for safe product use (kindly provided by Bridgercare and Central Montana Family Planning Clinic).

As of 2022, we have partnered with over 20 schools and are constantly looking to expand! Click here to learn more about our school outreach program or to request products for your school.  

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With kind support from:
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Educational Program:
Free Menstrual Education Materials 

We're super excited to announce Crescent's latest project: developing educational materials for students, parents, and schools!

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Our Team is collaborating to create inviting and accessible animated videos describing how to use pads and tampons. Not only educational, these short clips are designed to help normalize experiences and guide menstruators through accurate and safe period product use. Our aim is to make these videos available not only through our website, but also via a URL code on our (free!) informational posters. Menstruators will be able to scan the code and watch an informational video, all while in the stall!

 

We are also developing lesson plans designed to guide both parents and teachers in teaching about menstruation. But, access to information like this is just one small way to diminish educational period poverty in our community—stay tuned for more project updates or click here to donate!

 
 
Photo by Emmarose Mills
Featuring Claire Mills

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