The LaundryCares Foundation has had a very eventful Spring and Summer! In the video below, President/CEO of the Coin Laundry Association, Brian Wallace, shares with us some of the many newsworthy updates happening within LaundryCares. Click below to watch the video.
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In May, the CLA hosted the Excellence in Laundry Conference 2018 in Naples, FL. As you may know, laundromat owners from across the nation gathered for education and fellowship at this, the CLA’s bi-annual conference. At this event, Allister Chang of Libraries Without Borders delivered an address to the attendees discussing the use of laundromats as conduits for fostering literacy in local neighborhoods. Furthermore, the LaundryCares Foundation held a fundraiser among the distributors, manufacturers, and laundry owners present resulting in an unprecedented $116,000+ in donations.
Veteran laundry-industry professional, Dan Naumann has been brought aboard to be the executive director of the LaundryCares Foundation. His experience in leadership, in philanthropy, and in business ownership will be greatly valued by LaundryCares to fast-forward our progress in moving our mission forward.
The Chicago Public Library has initiated a program over the summer to help prevent the “summer slide” where summer break can lead to a decline in reading and learning. By using local laundromats, the library will serve books to the children of self-service laundry patrons’ children throughout the summer.
Brian Wallace attended the Campaign for Grade Level Reading Conference (#GLRWeek) in Philadelphia where 400 campaigns for grade-level reading came together to discuss their mission to improve literacy rates.
A pilot research project which evaluates the effectiveness of using books in laundries has been put into place. Results of this study will be available at the end of 2018.
On May 12, Giant Wash Coin Laundry, located in St. Paul, Minn., kicked off a new Wash & Learn program, in conjunction with a free laundry day at the store. The laundromat hosted the free laundry event in celebration of the new program, offering community members free washing and drying. In addition, all attendees had opportunities to participate in librarian-lead learning workshops and take home free books and educational resources. (more…)
On the hot afternoon of June 19, 2018, more than 70 volunteers gathered at a local laundromat in the City of Brotherly Love to help the local community gain improved access to clean clothes and children’s literacy. The owners of The Laundry Café at 400 W. Allegheny Ave., Philadelphia, PA – Brian Holland, Tyrone Akins, and Ray Chamberlain – hosted a LaundryCares Foundation Free Laundry Day for more than five hours, helping hundreds of people in need within the community to wash their clothes, grab a bite to eat, be entertained, and enjoy books and learning activities for kids. (more…)
Laundry Professionals Open Their Hearts – And Wallets – At Charitable Fundraiser During Excellence ’18 in Naples
The LaundryCares Foundation hosted a cocktail reception, presentation and fundraising event at this year’s Excellence in Laundry Conference at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Fla. Clearly, Excellence – which has grown into the leading educational and networking event for the industry’s most successful and forward-thinking professionals – provided the perfect opportunity to recognize the life-changing work of this organization, as well as to discuss future LaundryCares projects. (more…)
Giant Wash Coin Laundry, located in St. Paul, Minn., will launch a new “Wash & Learn” program on May 12, in conjunction with a free laundry day at the store. The laundromat will host the free laundry event in celebration of the new program, and offer community members who register between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. free washing and drying. All attendees will have opportunities to participate in librarian-lead learning workshops and take home free books and educational resources. (more…)
On Tuesday, June 19, 2018, The Laundry Café located at 400 W. Allegheny Avenue will host Philadelphia’s first LaundryCares event and provide a DAY OF FREE LAUNDRY from 10AM – 4PM. In addition to free laundry services and detergent, The LaundryCares event will include free food, music and fun activities for children and adults to enjoy. (more…)
What better day than Dr. Seuss’ birthday to focus on childhood literacy?
Coinciding with the famed author’s March 2nd birthday, as well as National Read Across America Day – the Coin Laundry Association’s LaundryCares Foundation launched its inaugural LaundryCares Literacy Summit, with literacy experts from across the country coming together at the Union League Club in downtown Chicago. You can follow photos, social posts, and video about the event using #LaundryLit18.(more…)
The LaundryCares Foundation — in partnership with Too Small to Fail and Libraries Without Borders — launches its first-ever Summit to leverage the role of the laundromat in promoting early literacy nationwide.
Multi-store laundromat owner Dan Marrazzo and his family have been helping the community’s homeless people around their laundry businesses in a variety of ways. In addition to opening the store each week to allow the local homeless people around the Philadelphia area access to clean clothes by providing free laundry services, Dan’s family and laundromat team also work with a local organization dedicated to aiding those in need. If someone is admitted to the local shelter, Dan’s team receives an email notification. That person who checked in will be provided a free wash card. The Marrazzo family launder linens regularly for this organization which provides shelter to many people who would otherwise be exposed to the elements in freezing temperatures. (more…)
Tom Rhodes, the owner of several laundromats in Florida, hosted a successful Free Laundry Day event. His event entitled “Loads of Love” helped the members of the community in Ft. Pierce attain free laundry services with no strings attached while providing a fun and engaging time for the children in attendance. (more…)