Hundreds of homeless people across Los Angeles have access to clean laundry thanks to a new initiative that is celebrating the power of a fresh start.
The Laundry Truck LA, a free mobile laundry service for individuals experiencing homelessness, received a $30,000 grant, along with cleaning products, from Clorox. The nonprofit was created in 2017 by DOLAN Clothing founder Jodie Dolan, but only operated for six hours every Thursday at Huntington Park.
Now with the help of the grant money, the Laundry Truck has launched Saturday Wash Day services in last month.
The truck is outfitted with multiple washer and dryer sets and will eventually be parked at various locations 3 to 5 days per week, with the capacity to wash and dry more than 5,000 loads of clothing annually. And, as you see in the heartwarming video, volunteers will actually wash the clothes for you.
Clorox issued the grant as a part of their “What Comes Next” campaign, which supports individuals and organizations that are giving back to their communities through the power of cleanliness. The company has provided a combination of grant funding, product donations, and volunteers for 10 grassroots organizations—including two run by teenagers.
A high school freshman from Florida started The Laundry Project to bring well-being and self-esteem to low income folks in Charlottesville, Virginia. Cutter Huston has washed $3,000 worth of laundry to date—and with a $15,000 grant, will be blessing even more people. $17,000 went to an eighth grader, Jayera Griffin, who launched Community Laundry Days after seeing her classmates come to school in dirty clothes in Riverdale, Illinois.
(WATCH the heartwarming video below)