Monday, March 24, 2014

Welcome HDG Hotels to the Global Hygiene Revolution

Hotel Development and Management Group (HDG Hotels) is a new Clean the World partner in Ocala, Fla. This dynamic, innovative hotel management company operates nine properties on the Florida peninsula, with more in the pipeline.

The HDG philosophy aligns with our mission because it can be summed up by one word: “sustainable.” For HDG Hotels, this belief has translated to their hotels in terms of an effective preventative maintenance program that ensures equipment and machinery is running efficiently.

A migration to exterior and interior LED lighting significantly reduces energy consumption. And of course, partnering with Clean the World means soap and bottled amenities are now diverted from landfills to our lifesaving recycling program.

Well done, HDG. Welcome!

UPDATE – June 3, 2014: Since coming on board in late 2013, HDG properties have collectively contributed more than 3,000 pounds of discarded hygiene supplies to Clean the World. With their support, we are able to distribute about 15,000 bars of recycled soap and divert nearly 1,000 bottles into hygiene kits.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Clean the World's Debi Kinney One of Southern Nevada's '40 Under 40'

Some of the best and brightest business professionals in Southern Nevada were honored on Sunday, March 16, during "Vegas Inc." magazine's 14th Annual 40 Under 40 event. We are proud to announce the elite group includes Debi Kinney, Clean the World's Senior National Sales Director, North America.

The article below appeared in "The Sunday," a weekly Las Vegas news magazine that includes "Vegas Inc." Click the image to see a larger version, or read the article in the publication's online version.

Volunteers are the Heart of the Global Hygiene Revolution

Since 2009, Clean the World has distributed 17 million soap bars and 300,000 hygiene kits. Almost every item was touched at some point by a volunteer at one of our facilities in Orlando or Las Vegas.

We are saving lives around the world with soap, and we could not do it without support from thousands of volunteers. Last year, 4,143 people volunteered in our Orlando location, and 1,731 people volunteered in Las Vegas. That is a total of 18,158 volunteer hours in 2013.

The following groups volunteer on a regular basis. We offer our sincere gratitude to all of them. If your company, group, or organization would like to volunteer, please contact us at: volunteers@cleantheworld.org.

Orlando:
     - Alliance Supports Corp
     - Booking.com
     - Disney
     - Evans High School
     - Families for Christ
     - First Presbyterian Church
     - Florida Blue
     - Florida Hospital
     - Full Sail University
     - Gaylord Palms
     - Girls Scout Citrus Council
     - Good Shepherd Catholic Church
     - Hands on Orlando
     - Interact Club
     - Key Club
     - Lake Highland Prep School
     - Levi Strauss
     - Marriott Vacations Worldwide
     - Network Management
     - Orange County Schools
     - St. James Catholic School
     - Starwood Vacation Club
     - Summit Church
     - The First Academy at the First Baptist Church Orlando
     - United Way
     - Universal Studios
     - University of Central Florida
     - Valencia Community College
     - Westin
     - YWAM

Lav Vegas:
     - Acts of Kindness (A.O.K)
     - Alpha Phi Omega Fraternity at UNLV
     - Caesars Foundation Law Department
     - Caesars Foundation Marketing Department
     - Circle K International from UNLV
     - Las Vegas Wells Fargo
     - Nevada Department of Enrichment Program for the Disabled
     - Opportunity Village Job Discovery Program
     - United Way of Southern Nevada AmeriCorps Nevada Program
     - UNLV American Medical Student Association (AMSA) Humanitarian Committee

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

San Diego Rescue Mission Receives 500 ONE Project Hygiene Kits

Food pantry at the San Diego Rescue Mission.
When we founded Clean the World four years ago, our goal was simple: Collect discarded hotel soap, recycle it, and send it to developing countries. The idea was to save lives in places where millions of people die from illnesses that can be prevented with hand washing.

What we didn’t realize at the time was that we also had an opportunity to make a difference in our own back yard by partnering with community-minded organizations. Here in the United States, Clean the World's ONE Project provides much-needed hygiene products to people who struggle to meet their family's basic needs due to economic misfortune or natural disaster.

Companies, churches, schools, clubs and fraternal organizations host events where they assemble hygiene kits as a way to improve teamwork and create a renewed focus on community. By distributing the kits locally, they experience first-hand how something so simple can have such a profound impact on the lives of others.

In February, our friends at Starwood Hotels hosted a ONE Project event at their conference in San Diego. The group assembled 500 hygiene kits, which were donated to the San Diego Rescue Mission.

Recently we received a follow-up from Mark Legace, who is the individual gifts manager at the mission. He wanted to let Starwood and Clean the World know that hundreds of hungry and homeless men, women, and children will enjoy the high-quality hygiene necessities and notes of encouragement supplied in those kits.

"It was fun for me to cheer all the teams on and see all the beautiful donations being assembled to make a homeless person’s day," Legace said. "Thank you again for organizing this great project to help so many hungry and homeless men, women, and children here in San Diego. Hopefully there will be more opportunities for us to partner together again in the future to help more San Diegans in need."

That is what inspires all of us to keep pushing ahead with the Global Hygiene Revolution.

Thousands of great partners such as Starwood. Thousands of housekeepers collecting soap and bottled amenities. Thousands of volunteers processing the items in Orlando and Las Vegas. Thousands of supporters around the world. Hundreds of distribution partners. The entire Clean the World team. Collectively we are able to save lives with soap.

Thanks to each of you for doing your part.

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Join Clean the World on a Soap Trip to Honduras or Guatemala


Clean the World is planning four-day soap distribution trips to Honduras and Guatemala in May, and you are invited to join us for a potentially life-changing experience.

Friends and supporters will work alongside Clean the World team members to distribute 15,000 bars of soap to 1,500 communities in need in each country. We have openings for seven volunteers on each trip. The experience will likely shed new light on the plight of people struggling to overcome hygiene challenges conditions far different from what we are accustomed to here in the United States.

In Honduras, participants will meet with children at orphanages in areas around the capital city of Tegucigalpa, and visit local schools where children often go days or weeks without seeing a bar of soap. By mixing with the residents, you will get an eye-opening look at how they live and the challenges they face on a daily basis with regard to hygiene and inadequate sanitation.

Travel dates for Honduras are May 19-22, and the Guatemala trip is May 27-30. Registration deadline for both trips is April 11.

Participants on either trip will incur a $1,400 per person administration fee, which includes: round-trip airfare from Orlando or Miami to the destination country, as well as lodging, food, tips, activities, and exit fees in the destination country.

To join us, please contact Rosanna Kingston (rkingston@cleantheworld.org) by April 11. Space is limited and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis.

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to help save lives with soap.