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A message from SSMCA Board President Brent Avery
Posted: Oct 16, 2019

As many of you are aware, over the last few years the association has participated in some charitable donations.  We successfully assisted ARCH in raising over $45,000 through Project Dragonfly, held several, highly successful, canned food drives and collected donations for the Mayor's Every Breakfast Counts campaign.  Although it’s not the main focus of our association, I feel that it's worthwhile for us to continue this trend as an industry.

This year we are doing something a little different and something that may put some of us out of our comfort zone.  We are going to assist one of our directors, Megan Scott, and a cause she is the local leader of the Period Purse.  

So why are we doing this?  The whole Period Purse initiative is in our community is mainly because of Megan.  Megan is one of us, from the construction industry, a current director of the association and a friend to many of us.  We are all very proud of the volunteer work she's done with the Period Purse and I believe the association and its members should be recognizing Megan.  The best way I know to do that  is by supporting the initiative she works so hard for in our community.

To find out more information about the Period Purse and Megan’s work with this initiative please see these articles.

https://www.theperiodpurse.com/location-saultstemarieblitz.html
https://www.facebook.com/ThePeriodPurseSaultSteMarie/
https://www.sootoday.com/helpers/megan-scott-wonders-what-if-menstrual-products-were-like-toilet-paper-everywhere-and-free-1658396
https://www.saultstar.com/news/local-news/the-period-purse-needs-storage-space

The Period Purse strives to assist women in need of these products but can't afford them. To help them achieve this goal we will be collecting the following items at the Construction Association from October 15 through October 30.

  • Tampons & Pads
  • Washcloths
  • Large purses, bags, totes, backpacks
  • Bar soap and wipes
  • New underwear
  • New socks
  • Hats, scarves, and gloves
  • Chocolate or granola bars

On the afternoon of October 30 we will host our own packing party where our staff, directors and all members are welcome to come and help us pack and deliver bags.

Look, I get it, construction is largely a male dominated industry, for a lot of us, including me, this is an uncomfortable and awkward topic.  Learning more about this issue from Megan, there's a huge need in our community and I believe we can help.  So put on your hardhats, boots and maybe a vest and purchase some products to donate.  Take some pictures while you're at it so we can share them and show how we can make a difference.

If you need more info please contact myself, Megan or Adam.

Sincerely,

Brent Avery
President, SSMCA