Square Lemon Aid

Period Packs aims to provide vital, sanitary menstrual products to menstruating people in the Ottawa area who otherwise would not have access to them. The concept behind hosting period packing workshops (and making these packages rather than just donating the products) is an attempt to to bring awareness to a serious problem women in our community experience, educate people about the broader issue of period poverty in Canada, all while breaking down the stigma of having your period! We host workshops where the community can bring donations and create personalized packages that include the things one would need for a menstrual cycle: 8 pads, 6 tampons, mini hand sanitizer, hypo allergenic body safe wipes, a little treat (chocolate), and a kind note from the person who hand stuffed and decorated the package. These packages are then distributed to Cornerstone Housing for Women and The Minwaashin Lodge.

Our long term goal is to adjust Ontario legislation and see these products provided and available in communal spaces within the next 2 years.

We take cash donations as well as product donations.

Who said lemons can’t be sweet?

Square Lemon Aid is our deliciously simple way of giving back.

What’s it all about? For one month, we shine the spotlight on you!

When your charity partners with Square Lemon, we’ll feature your organization weekly on our social media feeds and in our monthly newsletter. You’ll also receive a financial donation from Square Lemon and a complimentary table* at one of our markets, giving you an opportunity to promote and raise funds for your cause.

Have some Lemon Aid!

If you’d like to take part, or have any questions, contact us at lemonaid@squarelemon.ca.

*Complimentary table is provided for the month of which your organization is partnering with us. If interested in taking advantage of this opportunity, you must confirm your attendance to one of the two markets with a Square Lemon representative.

Previous featured Charities

You can still donate to these charities - check out their web sites or donation buttons!

Square Lemon Aid’s featured charity for May!

Youville Centre is a non-profit organization that aims to inspire, educate and nurture young mothers and their children to help them channel their strengths and achieve their goals.

It’s the perfect time to donate to this vital cause! Each year, Youville Centre organizes a month-long Mothers' Day Matching Campaign. Donate in honour of your mother or another special woman in your life. Youville Centre’s current line-up of sponsors will match your donations up to $4,000.

If you’d like to sponsor Youville Centre’s Mother’s Day Matching Campaign, please reach out to Alison Holmes at development@youvillecentre.org or 613-231-5150, ext. 128.

Lemon Aid's featured charity for June is LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow. And we are delighted to sponsor such an inclusive and forward-thinking program.

From their website (link above):

"LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow is a community-based program which provides a full range of education, counselling and support services offered by Family Services Ottawa. We support the lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans, two spirit, queer and questioning (LGBTTQ+) communities and allies. "

As part of the Family Services Ottawa, the program is a valuable resource for the community. You can donate at the Family Services Ottawa website, and help build a better community.

More information is available from the LGBTTQ+ Around the Rainbow Facebook Page, the website and on Twitter