After receiving a grant of $30,000, the Laundry Truck LA will be extending their working days from once a week to 3 or 5 days.
Many initiatives have been taken up by several non-profit organizations to help homeless people. These efforts include access to clean laundry. The Laundry Truck LA is an example. This free mobile laundry has been helping hundreds of homeless people all across Los Angeles to clean their clothes and celebrate the power of a fresh start. Good News Network reports how Clorox recently provided a $30,000 grant along with many cleaning products to this nonprofit organization.
Created in 2017 by the founder of DOLAN Clothing, Jodie Dolan, this non-profit organization operates only on Thursdays for six hours at Huntington Park. But now that the Laundry Truck has received this grant, they have also started the Saturday Wash Day Sevices as of last month. The truck has several washers and dryer sets attached to it, and as the plan proceeds, they will be parking at many locations at least 3 to 5 days a week. Volunteers will actually be helping these needy people by washing their clothes on behalf of them.
The whole thing was possible after the issuance of Clorox's grant which was a part of their "What Comes Next" campaign. This campaign was specifically designed to help and support individuals and organizations who work towards giving back to their communities, mainly in the form of cleanliness. The company has provided several grant funds and donated products to many firms. Clorox has also provided many volunteers for 10 grassroots organizations which include two that are run by teenagers.
A high school freshman from Florida started The Laundry Project that was launched to help people with low-income in Charlottesville, Virginia, to practice clean habits while protecting their self-esteem. In the description of the organization, it states how it started with young adults in Florida who were "committed to educating others on current social initiatives and mobilizing them to bring about change."
Explaining further they write, "The Laundry Project assists low-income families with meeting a basic need – washing clothes and linens, by turning laundromats into community centers of hope. Laundry fees are paid for while volunteers assist with laundry services, entertain children, and create a caring space at the laundromat." Another initiative was headed by a Tampa native Cutter Huston who never gave much thought to the importance of clean clothes.
After getting involved with The Laundry Project and working there as a volunteer, did he truly understand the necessity of this basic practice. Being the son of an army Brigadier General, Huston heard about people being denied employment because they didn't have clean clothes to wear for interviews. This news about two people deeply "resonated" within him and that's when he realized that how washing clothes "could change someone else's life."
This is what pushed Huston towards volunteering at Tampa's Laundry Project. The time spent at the organization helped him get a clear picture of the impending needs. He also grew pretty close to the founder of The Laundry Project, Jason Sowell. He further adds how difficult it was for him to leave the place as his father had retired and they had to relocate to Charlottesville. Like any other organization, this too left a lasting impression on Huston who then decided to begin his own laundry services.
Soon, he chanced upon Trey Coe, the owner of Express Laundry on Maury Avenue and since then another laundry Project was launched there. Till date, Huston has washed over $3,000 worth of laundry. He, too, received a $15,000 grant and will be able to do much more than this. Even an eighth grader, Jayera Griffin was provided a grant of $17,000 who launched Community Laundry Days shortly after witnessing her classmates attending school wearing dirty clothes in Riverdale, Illinois.