Spokane Mardi Bras is a collaborative fundraiser between Hope House, a program of Volunteers of America, and Transitions' Women's Hearth. Proceeds from Mardi Bras each year benefit Hope House and the Women's Hearth directly. Together they provide day and night services for women experiencing homelessness, beginning in the day with the Women's Hearth daytime drop-in center and ending in the evening with the Hope House overnight shelter.
Host a Mardi Bras Party and collect monetary donations, bras, underwear, pads, tampons and bus passes and make an impact on these women. All monetary donations will be split equally between Hope House and the Women's Hearth; all in-kind donations will be used to help these and other programs of Volunteers of America and Transitions. Sign up to create your own Mardi Bras party!
Every Friday from February 15 until March 15, drop off your Mardi Bras donations at VOA at 525 W 2nd Ave downtown Spokane.
Meeting the basic needs of the women and children we serve can be the start of a life-changing relationship. Getting access to bras and underwear that fit can be a challenge for women experiencing poverty or homelessness. Women living on the streets get their periods too. Not only do they go through this uncomfortable experience, they struggle just to meet their basic needs. Finding pads and tampons can be almost as impossible as finding bras and underwear.
Watch the video below to learn more about the Women's Hearth as a safe space for women in a "hearth" of welcome, respect, and community in a daytime drop-in center in downtown Spokane:
Watch the video below and learn more about Hope House and how it offers an environment of dignity, respect and compassion that honors the intrinsic value and unique experience of every woman and creates a safe space at this overnight shelter in downtown Spokane:
This fun and engaging fundraising idea starts with us but comes to life with you! Host a Mardi Bras party in your home or business, invite friends, and collect bus passes, pads, tampons, underwear, and bras for the most vulnerable women in Spokane. If you don’t want to host your own party, we’ll be hosting parties around town; check the Spokane Mardi Bra's Facebook page for more information.
FAQ Info Sheet - Learn more about Spokane Mardi Bras.
Party Host 101 - Frequently asked questions.
3rd Party Fundraising Guidelines - Please read/submit before your party.
Sign up to create your own party!
Join us on Fat Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at Berserk downtown (125 S Stevens St) as we celebrate the culmination of Mardi Bras! Bring the donations you collected, or just stop by and join the party!
More than 1,700 women are homeless in Spokane each day. Meeting their basic needs is imperative for helping them stabilize. Physiology and biology are facts of life - women shouldn't be punished because of them.