AURORA, Ill. – In recognition of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, state Rep. Barbara Hernandez, D-Aurora, is collecting feminine hygiene products to be donated to Mutual Ground, a local crisis intervention center, during the whole month of October.

“The individuals who utilize Mutual Ground’s services have been placed in situations that no woman should ever have to face in their lives, and the last thing that should occur is putting their wellbeing at risk by not being able to afford tampons, pads and other hygiene products,” said Hernandez. “All women deserve to feel empowered, and I hope that residents of my district will consider donating products to benefit the women and girls at Mutual Ground.”

Hernandez’s supply drive will take place throughout the month of October. Items needed include, but are not limited to, pads, tampons, conditioner, shampoo, and diapers sizes 5 and 6. There will be three locations throughout Aurora with donation bins where residents can bring supplies:

  • Hernandez’s district office, located at 540 W. Galena Blvd.
  • Prisco Community Center, located at 140 W. Illinois Ave.
  • Downtown Aurora Public Library, located at 101 S. River St.

“With our emergency shelter running at more than 90% capacity recently, it is incredibly important for us to receive donations of everyday household goods,” said Kathy Melone, Advancement Director at Mutual Ground. “Mutual Ground relies on the generosity of our community to serve all the individuals coming to us for domestic violence and sexual assault services. We are so appreciative of all of the donations we receive, and are excited to be the beneficiary of Rep. Hernandez’s supply drive.” 

For more information, or to RSVP, contact Hernandez’s constituent service office at 630-270-1848 or email

Rep. Barbara HernandezRep. Barbara Hernandez

83rd District

Springfield Office:
233-E Stratton Office Building
Springfield, IL 62706
(217) 558-1002
District Office:
540 W. Galena Blvd.
Aurora, IL 60506
(630) 270-1848