Nonprofit organization cleans over 200,000 loads of laundry for free
A nonprofit is making it easier for New York City residents to get their laundry done free of charge.
The Laundry Project, a pop-up initiative, helps to cut the cost of laundry services across the United States.
Current Initiatives, a nonprofit organization, introduced The Laundry Project in 2008.
Since it started, it cleaned over 200,000 loads of laundry free of charge.
It now has 800 laundry service projects in 51 cities with plans to create more.
Founder of Current Initiatives Jason Sowell says with people laid off due to the pandemic, this is just one glimmer of hope.
“What we do here is take over a laundromat for a few hours and provide free laundry services to families that are coming in,” Souell says. “It’s a surprise to them today.”
Residents say it’s “very good” that the organization would do this for the community.
“In fact, I smiled, because it was different,” one customer says. “I’ve never seen it before.”
The goal for current initiatives is to have pop-up laundry services in all 50 states.
Volunteers for the nonprofit included the New York City Football Club’s community arm, City in the Community and Supporters Group, the Third Rail, who helped load laundry cards for customers.