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 summary:

  • 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.
  • The Laundry Café in Philadelphia, PA hosted a LaundryCares Free Laundry Day in June. Click here to read more about this event and to watch the recap video.
  • Stay tuned for more Free Laundry Day events coming soon.
  • Veteran laundry-industry professional, Dan Naumann has been brought aboard to be the Executive Vice-President 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.