Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Hotels for Hope Partners With Clean the World

The following press release was issued by Hotels for Hope to announce our partnership.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Oct. 15, 2013 – Hotels for Hope, the Austin, Texas-based hotel brokerage company, today announced its partnership with Clean the World, the social enterprise that distributes recycled soap and hygiene products from hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children – acute respiratory infection and diarrheal diseases.

Clean the World joins Hotels for Hope’s current list of charitable partner organizations that focus on humanitarian aid. Through the partnership, Clean the World will benefit from Hotels for Hope’s model for giving, which contributes $2 for every room night stay to charitable partner organizations that seek to help children live happier and healthier lives. Announcing the partnership today is significant because this is Global Handwashing Day. The worldwide celebration aims to raise awareness about the benefits of washing hands with soap.

“We are thrilled to partner with Clean the World,” Hotels for Hope founder, Neil Goldman said. “By aligning with other entities within the hospitality industry that are focused on the advancement of human welfare, we are making great strides toward our goal of changing the way the industry as a whole operates and advancing social responsibility. The partnership with Clean the World provides a unique opportunity to make a positive impact both locally and across the globe.”

Hotels for Hope will also serve as the hotel booking engine for Clean the World’s hospitality partners at www.cleantheworld.org. This allows Clean the World’s nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to be prominently featured so consumers may easily and intentionally book rooms at hotels that partner with Clean the World. Hotels for Hope will donate $2 for every room night stay to Clean the World. Each donation will pay for a hygiene kit through Clean the World’s ONE Project, which provides much-needed hygiene supplies to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America.

“Hotels for Hope’s concept of turning room nights into social change is perfectly in line with our mission,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and executive director of Clean the World. “With support from the hospitality industry, we can dramatically reduce hygiene-related deaths simply by giving people soap and proper education on how and when to use the soap. This partnership will directly benefit Clean the World through financial contributions, and also provide indirect benefits by driving business to our hospitality partners.”

To date, Hotels for Hope has donated more than $200k to its charitable partners. For more information or to book rooms, visit www.hotelsforhope.org.

About Hotels for Hope 
Hotels for Hope provides hotel brokerage services to large groups through a simple business model that contributes $2 for every room night stay to charitable organizations that seek to help children live happier and healthier lives. Since its inception, Hotels for Hope has donated more than $200k. For more information, visit www.hotelsforhope.com.

About Clean the World 
Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the world. Clean the World leads a Global Hygiene Revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 14 million bars of soap in nearly 70 countries. Through the "ONE Project," Clean the World provides hygiene kits to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America. For more information, visit http://www.cleantheworld.org

Monday, October 14, 2013

Celebrating Global Handwashing Day (a Day Early)

Tomorrow (Oct. 15) is Global Handwashing Day 2013.

One of the lessons shared during GHD is that teachers have the power to reduce absenteeism in their classrooms through promoting hand washing with soap. So we started our celebration a day early by delivering 500 soap packets to Nap Ford Community School, which is just down the street from Clean the World headquarters in Orlando.

Nap Ford Community School is a K-5 charter school with a particular focus on health and. The school serves 125 students, more than 93 percent of whom qualify for free or reduced lunch. Tomorrow we will deliver 500 packets of soap to Rock Lake Elementary.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Providing On-Site CSR Opportunities at the Orange County Convention Center

The Orange County Convention Center recently issued this press release regarding our partnership. Clean the World is now the in-house provider for Corporate Social Responsibility events at the OCCC.

Orange County Convention Center Creates 
In-House Corporate Social Responsibility Opportunity for Visiting Organizations

ORLANDO, Fla. — (July 1, 2013) – The Orange County Convention Center (OCCC) has partnered with Clean the World Foundation, Inc., to provide visiting groups an on-site option for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) events.

An increasing number of organizations visiting Orlando wish to make a positive impact on our community where they gather for their conventions and tradeshows. Through Clean the World’s ONE Project, meeting planners can unite the fortunate with the less fortunate.

Attendees collaborate to build hygiene kits for disadvantaged people. Kits include bars of recycled soap, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, a toothbrush, toothpaste, a washcloth and an inspirational message. They are distributed to shelters, missions, schools or disaster relief efforts of the client’s choice.

Visiting groups can elect to donate hygiene kits to a number of homeless, educational and food bank organizations in Central Florida. Potential recipients include the Salvation Army; Coalition for the Homeless, Gift for Teaching, Back to School is Cool, Second Harvest and Christian Relief Services. Since 2009, Clean the World and its outreach partners have distributed more than 250,000 hygiene kits to those in need.

“The implementation of CSR has become widely adopted as more and more companies find tangible value in volunteer activities,” said Kathie Canning, executive director for the OCCC. “With ONE Project, Clean the World provides the perfect way for organizations to integrate a volunteer program on property as part of team building activities while offering much needed help to local community groups.”

Clean the World’s mission is to save lives by distributing hygiene products to domestic homeless shelters and impoverished countries suffering from high death rates due to acute respiratory infection and diarrheal disease. Those illnesses are respectively the No. 1 and No. 2 killers of children under the age of 5.

“While distributing more than 13 million soap bars in nearly 70 countries since 2009, we also saw a huge need for soap and hygiene products right here at home,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Orlando-based Clean the World. “That led us to develop the ONE Project. And because we got our start right here in Orlando, it’s exciting for us to get this support and vote of confidence from our friends at the Orange County Convention Center.”

About Clean the World Clean the World Foundation Inc. is a social enterprise with the mission of saving millions of lives around the globe. Clean the World leads a global hygiene revolution to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from nearly 2,000 hospitality partners to children and families in countries suffering from high death rates due to the top two killers of children worldwide – acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera). Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed more than 13 million bars of soap in nearly 70 countries. Through the "ONE Project," Clean the World provides hygiene kits to the homeless and families in transition throughout North America. For more information visit: http://www.cleantheworld.org.

About the Orange County Convention Center Celebrating 30 years of success, the Orange County Convention Center is the second largest convention facility in America. Each year the OCCC attracts more than 200 events to the Central Florida area. As a result, roughly 1.4 million attendees contribute approximately $2.1 billion to the area's economy each year. For more information about the Orange County Convention Center visit our Web site at www.occc.net.