Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Bring Your Appetite to Super "Bowl"ing Party

What are you planning to serve at your Super Bowl party?

Maybe you will pick up a platter of wings and open up a few bags of chips. You could go all out and make the same seven-layer dip you've made for the past 10 years.

That's not bad - but it's nothing like what's on the menu for the Clean the World Super "Bowl"ing Part at Splitsville. Check out what our friends at Splitsville have lined up for us this Sunday when the Baltimore Ravens take on the San Francisco 49ers.

Appetizers


  • Cheeseburger Sliders with cheddar cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato, pickles and house made slider sauce
  • Turkey Clubette Sliders with fresh shaved turkey, American cheese, bacon, shredded lettuce and secret sauce
  • Pulled Pork Sliders with Carolina Coleslaw and tangy BBQ sauce
  • Assorted Sushi Rolls

Buffet


  • Parmesan Chicken Tenders lightly fried in a Parmesan breading and served with a side of Ranch dressing.
  • Jumbo House Salad
  • Nachos Station where you can create your own nachos with crispy chips and your choice of cheese, tomatoes, sour cream, jalapeños and lettuce
  • Cheese Pizza
  • BBQ Chicken Pizza 
  • Meat Lovers Pizza with Italian sausage, pepperoni and seasoned ground beef

It's not too late to move the party from your family room to Splitsville. You get three hours of food and open bar - and we take care of the clean-up. Visit our event page to get more info and buy tickets now.

Monday, January 28, 2013

How IHG Helps Clean the World

Last week Clean the World was featured in the Priority Club Connect blog from IGH.
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In 2009, while on a business trip in Minneapolis, two Priority Club Rewards members decided that there must be more than a couple nights’ uses left in a bar of Holiday Inn soap.

They researched the idea of recycling hotel soap, and today, with the help of more than 5,000 volunteers worldwide, Shawn Seipler and Paul Till run Clean the World. Clean the World is an organization that melts down, sanitizes, and delivers thousands of pounds of lightly used soap to needy populations around the world - and they do so at more than 1,700 hotels in North America. Wash. Rinse. Repeat. READ FULL BLOG POST

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

ONE Project Changes Lives in Your Community

We founded Clean the World with the goal of saving lives in developing countries where millions of people die from illnesses that can be prevented with hand washing. But while distributing more than 12 million soap bars in 67 countries since 2009, we also saw a huge need for soap and hygiene products right here at home. That led us to develop the ONE Project, which provides a way for companies and organizations to make a difference through the distribution of hygiene kits in their own communities.

The slogan for the ONE Project is: "One Kit for One Individual Can Change One Life."

Thousands of hygiene kits already have been distributed to shelters and outreach organizations throughout the United States. In the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, we sent more than 10,000 kits to residents of New York and New Jersey who were desperately in need of basic hygiene supplies. Now you can get involved.

Your group can host a hygiene kit building event, or purchase pre-assembled kits ready for distribution. The kits can be distributed to shelters, missions, disaster relief efforts, or a number of other places within your very own community.

All types of groups are getting involved, including companies, churches, schools, clubs and fraternal organizations. A special bond forms when individuals work together for a common goal, and the benefits often reach beyond the initial event. Building and distributing hygiene kits is a great way to foster teamwork and a renewed focus on community. By personally distributing the kits locally, you experience first-hand how something so simple can have such a profound impact on someone’s life.

Your ONE Project program includes everything required to build hygiene kits: soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, toothbrush, toothpaste, washcloth, an inspirational note card, and a bag. We also provide a DVD with instructions on how to build the kits, and a leader's guide with helpful hints and tips.

Unassembled hygiene kits may be ordered for $2.50 per kit with a minimum order of 100. Shipping is included.

For more information on the ONE Project or to get started, please contact Rosanna Kingston at rkingston@cleantheworld.org or (407) 574-8353 Ext.114.

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Prince George’s Community College takes Alternative Winter Break

This past week here at Clean the World Recycling Operations Center, a group of students from Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Maryland have spent part of their winter break volunteering with us. With their leader, Paulette McIntosh, Program Director of College Life Services, they travelled to Orlando as part of the schools “Pathways to Leadership Program”: a program that offers leadership through community service opportunities to encourage students to learn how to address their own communities’ problems and find creative grassroots answers to those problems.

Throughout the week, nine student volunteers and Ms. McIntosh, both traditional and non-traditional students, have worked at scraping soap and making hygiene kits for those in need. When they return to school at the beginning of the semester, they will conduct a formal presentation about Clean the World and the work they did here; help spread awareness of our mission to their campus by holding a soap drive; and keep us in their hearts as a frame of reference for “people, not government” tackling a problem.

The students shared that they were amazed with Clean the World’s “creative solution to changing lives” and “that such a simple idea brought so much help to others”. They were happy that “in a couple of hours, they could personally help so many”; volunteer opportunities are open to everyone; and, that volunteering here is a “simple way to give back”! One student loved the ripple effect that each person working and volunteering at Clean the World causes.

Prince George’s CC “Pathways to Leadership Program” is an initiative of the President Obama’s Presidential Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge that “builds understanding between different communities and contributes to the common good.” (http://www.whitehouse.gov/administration/eop/ofbnp/interfaithservice)

During their stay here in Central Florida, Prince George’s students are being hosted by the First United Methodist Church of Orlando. After their days of volunteering with us, they work their evenings with the church’s “Family Promise/Interfaith Hospitality Network”, providing dinner, tutoring and social interaction with families in transition that are temporarily being sheltered there. They even made 51 Hygiene Kits and donated them to Family Promise! These hardworking and kindhearted students have chosen to help in our Central Florida Community in many ways during their winter break!! When they leave Orlando on Saturday, January 12th, they will be on their way to New Jersey to further assist in Hurricane Sandy relief!

They told of a billboard outside of the church where they are staying and said that its display showcased the spirit of Clean the World to them; but that billboard surely applies directly to them: “Sometimes you have to create what you want to be a part of!”

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Crystal Keeps the Soap on the Road

One of the things hotels love about working with Clean the World is that we provide them with printed, pre-paid shipping labels. When a collection bin is full, all a hospitality partner has to do is seal it, apply the shipping label and wait for UPS to pick it up.

With housekeepers collecting soap at more than 1,700 hotels and inns across North America, we move a lot of bins from the properties to our facilities in Orlando and Las Vegas. And that means we print a lot of shipping labels. As a matter of fact, we can tell you exactly how many labels we printed in 2012.

42,528!

And they were all prepared and printed by one person: Crystal Bowdery.

Crystal has been with Clean the World since April of 2011. She started on our Operations team and worked her way up to Customer Service. This logistics wizard provides all our partners with labels for inbound shipping, and also sends out the replacement bins so collections can continue. And if that's not enough, Crystal handles issues such as lost packages and claims.

All of Crystal's hard work supports our sustainability efforts, because Clean the World participates in the UPS carbon neutral shipping program. Read more about the program on the UPS website.

Thanks, Crystal, for everything you do!

Are you interested in learning more about some aspect of Clean the World? Tell us in a comment below and we might write a feature based on your suggestion.

Monday, January 14, 2013

African Missions for Christ Receives Hygiene Items from Clean the World!




AMFC President and Evangelist Oluwafeyihanwa “Theresa” Madedor is planning a mission trip to Liberia and Sierra Leone during March and April. Today, she visited Clean the World to gather needed supplies for her trip: 5000 bars of soap and 40 cases of bottled amenities.

The African Missions for Christ office is located here in Orlando, Florida. Under the leadership of Ms. Madedor, they work with churches of all Christian denominations on different projects such as providing food, clothing and medical services for those in need. Ms. Madedor was born in Lagos State Nigeria and returns to Africa through short-term missions to give back. During her last mission trip, over 29,000 children were helped with food, school supplies and basic necessities. She stated that many times, the children that are helped own only the clothing on their backs.

This spring, her missions to Liberia and Sierra Leone will connect her to three main churches—one of which has outreach to 69 smaller village churches—in three towns that assist the “neediest of the needy”. Along with the clothing, food, and other donated items, Ms. Madedor will take Clean the World recycled soaps and bottled amenities to villagers to teach the children about the importance of handwashing for their health.
We are thankful for our partnership with African Missions for Christ and Oluwafeyihanwa “Theresa” Madedor and we wish her great success in her upcoming mission to Africa!!  
(For more information, please see http://www.amfcafrica.net/1/ )

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Sometimes it's Hard to be Humble

If you took every bar of soap distributed by Clean the World in 2012 and put them end-to-end, they would stretch from our headquarters in downtown Orlando all the way up Interstate 4 to Daytona Beach, on up Interstate 95 to the Courtyard Jacksonville Mayo Clinic/Beaches - and then around the parking lot a few times.

Last year we distributed more than THREE MILLION bars of lifesaving soap to children and families in developing countries around the world, and to shelters right here at home.

There is a lot to be said for staying humble. However, we really want to share the news about our 2012 results. This is a quick rundown of Clean the World's impact last year:

     - 3,200,050 bars of soap distributed
     - 1,690,390 bottles distributed
     - 76,986 hygiene kits distributed
     - 1,267,872 pounds of product collected
     - 122,000 pounds of plastic recycled

Here's to doing even more in 2013!