Clean the World Receives GuideStar Platinum Rating

PRESS RELEASE AUG 1, 2017 10:00 EDT

Allows foundation to provide more in-depth global health impact reporting to supporters

August 1, 2017 (Newswire.com) – Clean the World Foundation, the 501(c)(3) non-profit sector of Clean the World’s social enterprise, earned the Platinum GuideStar Nonprofit Profile Seal of Transparency, the highest level of recognition offered by GuideStar, the world’s largest source of nonprofit information. By sharing metrics that highlight Clean the World’s commitment to global health, donors will receive deep insights into Clean the World’s mission-critical, outcome-based reporting.

“Our dedicated team rigorously measures Clean the World’s impact to guarantee global health needs are met around the world,” says Sam Stephens, executive director of Clean the World Foundation. “GuideStar is the gold standard for non-profit transparency and outcome-based reporting. We are truly honored to receive a platinum rating from GuideStar. This accomplishment is critical in our efforts to drive support and awareness for our global mission.”

To reach the Platinum level, Clean the World added extensive information to its Nonprofit Profile on GuideStar: basic contact and organizational information; in-depth financial information; qualitative information about goals, strategies, and capabilities; and quantitative information about results and progress toward its mission. By taking the time to provide this information, Clean the World has demonstrated its commitment to transparency and to giving donors and supporters meaningful data to evaluate Clean the World Foundation.

“We are excited to convey our organization’s results in a user-friendly and highly visual manner,” says Stephens. “By updating our GuideStar Nonprofit Profile to the Platinum level, we can now easily share a wealth of up-to-date organizational metrics with our supporters as well as GuideStar’s immense online audience, which includes donors, grantmakers, our peers, and the media.”

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About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 40 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in over 115 countries. In addition, the Clean the World provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America. More information: CleanTheWorld.org.

About Clean the World Foundation
Clean the World Foundation is an international development and global health non-profit operating hygiene-focused emergency relief initiatives, education programs, and micro-lending projects targeting vulnerable communities in the United States and around the world. Clean the World Foundation is the 501(c)(3) non-profit sector of Clean the World’s social enterprise responsible for all soap and hygiene kit distribution both domestically and globally. Clean the World Foundation operates global health programs and partnerships around the world. It also engages volunteers, donors, and other outcome-focused organizations around the world to provide hygiene supplies and education curriculums to support its global health programs. Since 2009, Clean the World Foundation has served over 10 million individuals through its soap distribution and hygiene education programs. A copy of the official registration and financial information for Clean the World Foundation may be obtained from the division of consumer services by visiting www.800helpfla.com. More information: cleantheworld.org/foundation

About GuideStar Nonprofit Profiles
The GuideStar database contains a profile for every tax-exempt non-profit registered with the IRS. GuideStar encourages every nonprofit to claim and update its profile at no cost to the organization. Updating allows nonprofits to share a wealth of up-to-date information with the more than 7 million people who visit GuideStar to learn more about nonprofit organizations each year. Updating also allows nonprofits to share information with the more than 180 philanthropic websites and applications that are powered by GuideStar data. To reach a given participation level, organizations need to complete all required fields for that participation level. The GuideStar participation levels acknowledged as symbols of transparency in the nonprofit sector, are displayed on all updated participants’ profiles in the GuideStar database.

 

The Sands Cares’ Fresh Start Mobile Showers unit is ready to roll

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On any given night in the Las Vegas area, there are more than 6,200 homeless individuals, of which 60% are unsheltered and living on the streets. Las Vegas trails shortly behind Los Angeles and New York for the third largest unaccompanied youth population. Of these homeless youth, it’s estimated that more than 80% are living unsheltered.

Since the opening of Clean the World Las Vegas in 2012, we have come to love and appreciate the community we serve. With the help of our partnership with Las Vegas Sands, we’ve identified a solution to lifting the spirits of our homeless community. As a global leader in health, Clean the World works endlessly to provide individuals with the means to stay clean and live a healthy life. Las Vegas Sands has always supported our mission, helping us to grow and reach more people than we ever knew possible. They recognize the growing problem of homelessness in their backyard and use their philanthropic platform, Sands Cares, to address this issue and provide relief to those affected. Together we are thrilled to announce the launch of the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World.

The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers is a traveling hygiene unit that will travel to various locations, four days a week, offering showers to homeless populations in the Las Vegas area.

“Having access to regular hygiene is a fundamental part of good health and well-being. But it’s also part of personal dignity – it can create a turning point in someone’s life,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and chief executive officer of Clean the World. “That’s our hope for the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World – to give people the opportunity to start their day in a new direction.”

Four bathroom/shower rooms are available in the hygiene unit allowing for individuals to take a warm shower and feel refreshed. Clean the World will supply soap and hygiene products for each shower and partner with local organizations to provide other services such as food, emergency shelter, clothing, and medical care.  When the community comes together to support our neighbors, waves of positivity and change always follow.

The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers is able to provide an estimated 250 showers per week. The goal is to provide showers and connect those in need with the necessary resources to help them get back on their feet or through a rough time in their life. Something as simple as a shower can give an individual the courage and confidence to seek out a better future, whether that be a job interview, returning to school, or utilizing the amazing resources our partner organizations have to offer. In addition to servicing the homeless community Tuesdays through Fridays, the traveling hygiene unit will visit local schools every Monday to educate students and faculty on the importance of hygiene and handwashing to maintain a healthy lifestyle and avoid harmful bacteria.

We look forward to the positive impact this unit will make within the city of Las Vegas, and hope to see this project expand to all major areas reaching as many people in need as we possibly can. Clean the World is eager to have the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers on the road and to report back to our supporters with uplifting stories and impactful results.


With the launch of the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World, we wanted to thank our wonderful sponsors. Thank you to Las Vegas Sands for their amazing partnership and commitment to Clean the World. Thank you to Two Bears at Apache RV. Apache RV partnered with us from the very beginning of the development process to create a unit that offered the best solutions for our clients’ safety, comfort, and privacy. Finally, thank you to Oasis RV and Incognito Wraps for their operational expertise and involvement. We could not have this without their tremendous support.

Clean the World Press Release: Traveling hygiene unit is first of its kind in Las Vegas

For Immediate Release

Las Vegas Sands and Clean the World Launch Mobile Shower Program to Aid Homeless People

Traveling hygiene unit is first of its kind in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS – JULY 28, 2017 – Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS), and social enterprise Clean the World announced today a first-of-its-kind service in Las Vegas to help homeless people.  The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World is a traveling hygiene unit that visits locations serving the homeless to provide showers, hygiene supplies and other resources.

LVS contributed more than $200,000 to Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers, which was unveiled in Las Vegas on July 27, and will offer approximately 250 showers per week.  To reach people in need, Clean the World and Las Vegas Sands have partnered with four Las Vegas organizations to offer the service through their homeless community outreach efforts, including WestCare, CARE Complex, Nevada Homeless Alliance and the Nevada Partnership for Homeless YouthSands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers will provide hygiene services at a partner organization one day each week, where clients can also receive access to a wide array of support, such as emergency shelter, food and clothing supplies, medical care and detoxification services.

“Having access to regular hygiene is a fundamental part of good health and well-being. But it’s also part of personal dignity – it can create a turning point in someone’s life,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and chief executive officer of Clean the World.  “That’s our hope for the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World – to give people the opportunity to start their day in a new direction.”

Las Vegas has a high need for homelessness relief programs.  The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) reports that Las Vegas has the sixth largest population of homeless individuals among major cities, and has the third highest number of unaccompanied homeless youth.  In Nevada, more than 80 percent of unaccompanied homeless youth are unsheltered – the highest rate in the nation.

“Homelessness is a critical issue in Las Vegas, and Las Vegas Sands is dedicated to making an impact by providing resources to organizations working in the trenches to help people living on the streets,” said Ron Reese, senior vice president of global communications and corporate affairs at Las Vegas Sands.  “We’ve worked with Clean the World on a variety of programs to  assist vulnerable populations with hygiene supplies, and the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers came about through our collective desire to do more in the community to provide relief  to people most in need.”

In 2015, LVS began a multi-faceted program to address homelessness in Las Vegas through its global corporate giving program, Sands Cares.  In addition to the support for the mobile shower unit, LVS has announced grants totaling more than $1.5 million over the past two years, as well as team member volunteer support, in three key areas; help meet immediate needs for those who are homeless, including hygiene, food and clothing and other resources; find solutions for the homelessness issue in Las Vegas and Southern Nevada; and increase awareness and advocate for homelessness support locally, regionally and nationally.

The introduction of the Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers is also a major expansion of LVS’ long-term support of Clean the World.  Since 2011, LVS and Clean the World have recycled more than 488,000 pounds of discarded soap and amenities for distribution to underprivileged communities and relief organizations.  LVS has donated nearly $2 million to accelerate CTW’s mission, helping the organization to double its production of recycled soap and expand service into new areas.  Additionally each year, Las Vegas Sands team members around the world unite with local communities to assemble thousands of hygiene kits for Clean the World to benefit populations in need around the world, including those impacted by homelessness in Las Vegas.

“The Sands Cares Fresh Start Mobile Showers Powered by Clean the World is a first-of-its kind offering for our organization, and we greatly value the investment LVS has made to help Clean the World expand and grow over the years – from this program to the major investment in our Las Vegas recycling center to ongoing kit builds and other programs,” said Seipler. “With the generous support from Sands Cares, we have been able to help more people, in more places around the world, in more impactful ways – it’s truly been a game-changing partnership for us.”

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About Las Vegas Sands Corp.

Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE: LVS) is the world’s pre-eminent developer and operator of world-class Integrated Resorts that feature luxury hotels; best-in-class gaming; retail; dining and entertainment; Meetings, Incentives, Convention and Exhibition (MICE) facilities; and many other business and leisure amenities.  We pioneered the MICE-driven Integrated Resort, a unique, industry-leading and extremely successful model that serves both the business and leisure tourism markets.

Our properties include The Venetian and The Palazzo resorts and Sands Expo in Las Vegas, Sands Bethlehem in Eastern Pennsylvania, and the iconic Marina Bay Sands in Singapore. Through majority ownership in Sands China Ltd., LVS owns a portfolio of properties on the Cotai Strip in Macao, including The Venetian Macao, The Plaza and Four Seasons Hotel Macao, Sands Cotai Central and The Parisian Macao, as well as the Sands Macao on the Macao Peninsula.

LVS is dedicated to being a good corporate citizen, anchored by the core tenets of delivering a great working environment for our more than 50,000 team members worldwide, driving impact through its Sands Cares corporate giving program and leading innovation with the company’s award-winning Sands ECO360° global sustainability program. To learn more, please visit www.sands.com.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Clean the World operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong, and leads a “Global Hygiene Revolution” to distribute recycled soap and hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners to children and families in countries with a high pre-adolescent death rate due to acute respiratory infection (pneumonia) and diarrheal diseases (cholera) – which are two of the top killers of children under the age of five. Since 2009, more than 40 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. In addition, the Clean the World Foundation provides hygiene kits to relief organizations throughout North America and over 5 million individuals have received soap and hygiene education through its programs. More information: CleantheWorld.org.

PRESS RELEASE: Clean the World Launches Hygiene Kits for Veterans

Clean the World launches new Veteran Hygiene Kits and a social media contest to honor heroes

ORLANDO, Fla. – (May 18, 2017) – Today, Clean the World, a leader in global health, launches new Veteran Hygiene Kits to improve the lives of our heroes. These life-saving hygiene kits are specialized for veterans and include basic hygiene products as well as important protective items, too.

The kits feature resealable bags, two bars of new soap, bottles of repurposed shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razor and shaving cream, comb, socks, deodorant, and inspirational note cards. It’s because of the dedication to country and its people, Clean the World is proud to present its Veteran-themed Hygiene Kit.

“Many of our veterans lack the basic hygiene amenities needed to keep them safe and healthy. It is our duty to support these veterans,” said Shawn Seipler, Founder and CEO for Clean the World. “Putting these specialized kits in the hands of our veterans is a great way to honor and thank them for their service.”

There is an indefinite need for veterans to receive these necessary hygiene products. According to The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development estimates that 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. Unfortunately, the extreme shortage of everyday essentials, such as soap, leaves these veterans at risk for health-related diseases. Clean the World’s Hygiene Kits are meant to prevent such diseases, lift their spirits, and ease the burden of homelessness.

In honor of the Veteran Hygiene Kit release, Clean the World is hosting a social media photo contest. The first-place winner will receive 100 Veteran Hygiene Kits to donate to a local charity of their choice. The photo contest will begin on May 22, 2017 and run until May 31, 2017. For more information on the contest and how to get involved, visit Clean the World’s social media platforms: Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

You can also download the official contest Word Calendar here: https://cleantheworld.org/veterans-hygiene-kit-campaign/

About Clean the World:

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 5,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and soap distribution to make hand washing a lifelong habit. Since 2009, more than 40 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. More information: www.cleantheworld.org

Meet Your Customer Service Rep: Donya McSwain

You might’ve spoken with them already, but for those who haven’t had the chance to meet the wonderful individuals that make up Clean the World’s stellar Customer Service team, here’s your chance! We will be spotlighting a team member each month to help you get to know the face on the opposite end of the phone (or computer).

Donya McSwain is an Account Manager for our Customer Service team at Clean the World. She’s known for her hard work ethic, ability to make anyone smile, and delicious macaroni and cheese at company potlucks and cookouts.

How Clean the World’s Mission Gives Her Meaning

Donya McSwainDonya has been a soap hero with Clean the World for a little over a year. She heard about our organization through a friend who worked here, and Clean the World’s mission to recycle soap and save lives is what most inspired her to be a part of the team. Our mission hits especially close to home for Donya because we save the lives of millions of children—and her three beautiful kids are her pride and joy.

Her most humbling memory working at Clean the World was during the chaos of Hurricane Matthew. Donya explains that, “As an internal Clean the World family, we packaged boxes of soap and separated soap. We all brought our kids and families and came together as a team to get tons of soap out to those in desperate need. We worked around the clock and some even stayed overnight.” Donya says that “It’s the mission that drew me here, and it’s what’s keeping me here. To save lives and keep families together is absolutely everything to me.”

A Day in the Life of Donya

Though no day has ever proven alike, Donya wears many hats as the account manager. She’s responsible for making sure bins get delivered and soap gets picked up, and oversees return labels, processing cancelations, changing partner statuses, and implementing properties. Having a relatively small customer service team means working diligently hard, but Donya says, “My favorite part about working at Clean the World are the people internally and externally. I enjoy my customers as much as I enjoy my coworkers. I look forward to coming to work every day.”

Donya is best-described as a people-person who loves to smile and laugh, and make sure everyone around her is taken care of whether that be clients or just friends and family. Her background in customer-service helps in her everyday life as she explains that “Everything in life involves customer service.” She has a passion for massage therapy, something she developed from her mother, and even traces that passion back to having a desire to help others and make them feel good.

Moving Forward

 “I want everyone to know about Clean the World. I want everyone to know the impact it’s having on children and families—not just in other countries but in the United States. I want Clean the World to be a household name.”

Next time you speak with Donya, please let her know how she can help you—because her kind and selfless personality is sure to do just that!

 


Written by Gabrielle Lintz, an intern in the Clean the World marketing department.

Clean the World Global Headquarters in Orlando has moved

Clean the World is excited to announce that we’ve moved locations!

Clean the World has relocated to:

2544 E. Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32824

Disney's Voluntears at Clean the World

This is our new global headquarters, recycling operational center (ROC) and volunteer center. All soap and bottled amenity shipments, product donations, company correspondence, mail, payments, and volunteers should come to our new global headquarters and new shipping/receiving location at 2544 E. Landstreet Rd, Suite 600, Orlando, FL 32824.

VOLUNTEERS: Please make sure to call (407) 574-8353 and make a volunteer appointment with us. We’re looking forward to the new opportunities and memories that will be made in our new-and-improved location. We can’t wait to have our soap heroes join us!

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PRESS RELEASE: Fairmont St Andrews Supports Clean the World Initiative

Five-star hotel joins international recycling program and will donate soaps and bathroom amenities to organisations around the world

ST ANDREWS, Scotland – 23 January 2017 – Fairmont St Andrews has joined the Clean the World hospitality initiative, which will see the five-star Scottish resort donate its soaps and discarded hygiene products to be recycled for humanitarian organisations around the world.

st_andrewsThe initiative will form part of Fairmont St Andrews longstanding commitments to green tourism, in which hotel staff and guests are encouraged to help with the preservation of the local habitat, reduce waste and promote a sustainable future to benefit those in need.

After being collected from its 209 guest bedrooms and suites, the donated hygiene items will be hygienically recycled and distributed to homeless shelters, children’s shelters, women’s shelters, food banks, veterans groups and people struggling due to economic misfortune or natural disaster.

As well as delivering the Fairmont Sustainability Partnership, Fairmont St Andrews has introduced a sustained building management system which in its first year has delivered a reduction in paper and water usage, an increase in food recycling as well as an on-site green house and vegetable garden. LED lighting in all public areas and rooms has also been introduced, as have community tourism initiatives including beach cleaning and maintenance of the Fife Coastal Path.

Since launching eight years ago, Clean the World has distributed more than 38 million soap bars to 115 countries, more than 1.1 million hygiene kits, and diverted in excess of 5,000 tons of waste from landfills.

John Keating, general manager at Fairmont St Andrews comments on the partnership: “We strive at Fairmont St Andrews to reduce our use of energy, water and waste produced and consumed; I am proud of our sustainability teams, who were presented with a Silver Award from Scottish Green tourism in 2016, we hope for further recognition and a Gold Award this year. We are dedicated to raise awareness of Clean the World and giving back to those less fortunate. We are extremely pleased to support such a worthwhile cause and look forward to working with the charity.”

Pierre Daigneault, executive director and chief sustainability of Clean the World is excited by the initiative of Fairmont St Andrews to join his organisation’s soap recycling program. “I am proud to have such a landmark as the first Scottish hotel to join our soap recycle program,” said Daigneault. “By doing so, Fairmont St Andrews is setting the standard and will most likely be followed by many more Scottish hotels.”

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For further information contact:
Triggerfish Communications
0207 233 9700

About Fairmont St Andrews
The five-star Fairmont St Andrews resort boasts two championship golf courses, The Torrance and The Kittocks, and has played host to a number of prestigious events, including the Scottish Youth National Championship and the Scottish Senior Open.

In addition to golf tournaments, Fairmont St Andrews has also hosted some of the world’s most important politicians and power brokers as a venue for both Northern Ireland peace talks and a G20 Summit.

Currently undergoing a multimillion pound renovation, the resort will benefit from a refreshed interior with a contemporary feel using materials that reflect the surrounding 520 acre area. The Atrium area features the magnificent lighting sculpture by renowned artist, George Singer, named Zephyr, which emulates shoals of fish in St Andrews Bay and the blowing reeds on the cliff tops. The resort also has a sumptuous spa complex which offers a range of treatments including locally-themed massages, facial and relaxation therapies and exclusive Ishga Skincare and Aromatherapy Associates treatments in 12 chic treatment rooms.

Accolades and awards for Fairmont St Andrews
• Best Hotel Resort 2016 – The Scottish Hospitality Awards
• Five-star AA Award – 2016
• AA Rosette Award – St Andrews Bar & Grill – 2016
• Best Large Hotel Winner – 2015 Scottish Golf Tourism Awards
• Kittocks Course – Golf Club & Course Experience of the Year 2013 – Golf Tourism Scotland
• Five-star Award for Best Resort Hotel UK 2013 – International Hotel Awards
• European Golf Resort of the Year 2012 by IAGTO
• The Torrance course 20th and The Kittock’s course 40th best modern courses of 2010 – Golfweek
• 22nd on international list, World’s 50 Best Golf Hotels – Golf Digest
• Resort Hotel of the Year 2008, 2010, 2011 – Golf Tourism Scotland
• 18th Best Golf Resort in the World – Conde Nast Traveller
• International Resort Hotel of the Year – Scottish Hotel of the Year Awards 2009
• Expedia award as top one per cent of hotels in the world
• Hosted G20 summit

About Fairmont
Fairmont Hotels & Resorts connects guests to the very best of its destinations, providing travelers with memorable travel experiences, thoughtful and attentive service and luxury hotels that are truly unforgettable. Each Fairmont property reflects the locale’s energy, culture and history through locally inspired cuisine, spirited bars and lounges and distinctive design and decor. With more than 70 hotels globally, and many more in development, the Fairmont collection boasts some of the most iconic hotels in the world, including The Plaza in New York, The Savoy in London, Fairmont Peace Hotel in Shanghai and Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Québec City. Fairmont is owned by FRHI Hotels & Resorts, a leading global hotel company that operates more than 130 hotels and branded residential properties under the Raffles, Fairmont and Swissôtel brands. For more information or reservations, please visit www.fairmont.com.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and soap distribution to make hand washing a lifelong habit. Since 2009, more than 38 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 115 countries. More information: www.cleantheworld.org

NEWS RELEASE: Palm Holdings Inc. Announces Soap Recycling Partnership With Clean the World


Hygiene Products to be Recycled for the Benefit of Disadvantaged People in North America and in Developing Regions Around the World

TORONTO, Canada — (Jan. 9, 2017) – Palm Holdings North America announced today it has entered into a partnership with Clean the World to collect and recycle hotel soap and bottled amenities that will help fight the spread of hygiene-related illnesses. Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to changing lives while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The discarded items collected from Palm Holdings Hotel properties will be hygienically recycled and then distributed to people who are at risk of contracting preventable diseases. All Palm Holdings businesses are actively engaged in the community supporting both environmental and philanthropic causes.

“We are thrilled to announce this partnership with Clean the World and whose commitment to a long term sustainability strategy is clearly aligned with those of Palm Holdings” said Anish Taneja, Senior Vice President, Construction and Project Management, Palm Holdings.

”Our Company Culture is one which embraces inspiring all our Hotel associates and guests to support such innovative conservation initiatives and making a contribution to protect the planet and resources”

Since 2009, Clean the World’s global operation has contributed to a 30 percent reduction in pre-adolescent deaths from hygiene-related illnesses by providing soap and hygiene education to make hand washing a lifelong habit and encourage vigorous childhood development.

“It’s hard for most of us to imagine how important soap is to people who are struggling,” said Shawn Seipler, founder and CEO of Clean the World. “The folks at Palm Holdings get it, and we are thrilled to have them join us at this level. By making a commitment to our sustainable, socially responsible program, Palm Holdings will turn trash into treasure and help change lives around the world.”

About Palm Holdings
Palm Holdings is an international hospitality and commercial development company specializing in acquiring, improving and managing hotels across North America and the United Kingdom. The family controlled company offers a wide range of business services including Palm Hospitality, an international hotel management and consultancy company; Palm Construction specializing in capital improvements, new developments and retrofits for hotels; as well as Palm Ventures, an equity services firm dedicated to acquiring and holding hospitality related real estate. Palm Holdings is one of the fastest growing hospitality firms with a portfolio spanning across three countries in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom.

For more information about Palm Holdings please contact Paul Sutton.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and microlending to make hand washing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit in developing regions. Through its hygiene kit program, Clean the World provides personal care items to relief organizations throughout North America. Since 2009, more than 36 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries.

Palm Holdings is pleased to announce the Clean the World program at the following hotels:

Canada:

Courtyard by Marriott Waterloo St. Jacobs

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Halifax-Bedford

Travelodge Niagara Falls By The Falls

TownePlace Suites by Marriott London

Quality Suites London

U.S.A:

The Inn at Calypso Cay

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Naples

 

NEWS RELEASE: Former Orlando Predators Head Coach Rob Keefe Joins Clean the World as Manager of Products and Business Development


4-Time Arena Football League Champion Will Focus His Energy, Passion, and Winning Spirit on Addressing Hygiene Needs in Communities Nationwide

 

ORLANDO, Fla. — (Dec. 1, 2016) – After leading the Orlando Predators to back-to-back Arena Football League South Division championships during his three seasons as head coach, Rob Keefe is tackling a new challenge. Clean the World announced today that Keefe has joined the team to develop innovative new programs as the manager of products and business development.

Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to saving lives around the world with recycled hotel soap while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. Here in the United States, the organization distributes hygiene kits to homeless shelters, women’s shelters, families in transition, and victims of natural disasters. Companies, schools, and other groups assemble the kits at events that improve teamwork and focus attention on their communities. Keefe will bring his unique brand of high-energy motivation to the mission by creating and implementing programs that make it easy to host these events and provide personal hygiene items to those in need.

“Rob is a dynamic, engaging individual who has a knack for bringing out the best in those around him,” said Clean the World founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. “We are blessed to have him leading our effort to promote more awareness of the hygiene kit program in universities, high schools, and with other groups across the United States. With Rob calling the plays, we can change hundreds of thousands more lives every year.”

Keefe started receiving job offers from other teams after the Predators announced in October that it was suspending team operations. Opportunities in broadcasting and business have been on the table as well. However, none of those grabbed him the way Clean the World did. According to Keefe, all the other options paled in comparison to taking what he learned from a lifetime on the field and applying it to improving the lives of people who are struggling.

“Other teams called, but the Clean the World mission called to me in a different way,” Keefe said. “Being clean and having a positive self-image is directly connected to dignity and success. People aren’t at the top of their game when they can’t take care of basic personal hygiene needs. I feel strongly that at this stage in life, my purpose is to give disadvantaged people the hope and boost they need to move forward. Developing these community-based programs will not only benefit those in need, but it will help me become the person I want to be.”

For information on how your organization can host a hygiene kit event, contact Clean the World at (407) 574-8353, or email info@cleantheworld.org.

About Clean the World
Clean the World is a social enterprise dedicated to the mission of saving millions of lives around the world while simultaneously diverting hotel waste from landfills. The organization collects discarded soap and other hygiene products from more than 4,000 hotel and resort partners and operates recycling centers in North America, Asia, and Europe. Clean the World provides hygiene education and microlending to make hand washing and local soap purchases a lifelong habit in developing regions. Through its hygiene kit program, Clean the World provides personal care items to relief organizations throughout North America. Since 2009, more than 36 million bars of Clean the World soap have been distributed in 100 countries.

CONTACT:
John Terry
Clean the World
jterry@cleantheworld.org
407-405-7479

Meet Your Customer Service Rep: LaMark Brown

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LaMark (right) with volunteers at Clean the World’s Orlando operations center.

You might have spoken with them already, but for those who haven’t had the chance to meet the wonderful individuals who make up Clean the World’s stellar Customer Service team, here’s your chance! We are spotlighting a team member each month to help you get to know the face on the opposite end of the phone (or computer).

LaMark Brown is an account manager at Clean the World. He is relatively new to our organization, having just started in September, but has proved to be a perfect fit.

Before working full time at Clean the World, LaMark was well acquainted with our organization. In 2014, he moved to Orlando to play football with the Orlando Predators, a professional team in the Arena Football League. The Predators always supported Clean the World’s mission, and that relationship eventually led LaMark to his current occupation.

LaMark is originally from St. Louis, where he developed a passion for football early in life. “Outside of Clean the World, I am a movie nerd, a video game nerd, [I like] sports, weather, I touch a lot of different areas,” LeMark said. “But the main thing for me is football. I’ve played it since I was 6. It’s been 21 years.”

Lessons for Life

Coaching the fundamental skills of football is one of LaMark’s favorite aspects of the sport. He believes this translates into his everyday life, and that understanding what you’re doing and why you’re doing it helps you become successful in any field.

LeMark believes learning a variety of skills makes a person more disciplined. “I feel like in any job or profession if you can master your skills at that craft, you become a better overall person, whether it’s in a sport or job,” he said.

His work ethic shows in his commitment to Clean the World. Just recently, our staff came together and responded to the need for soap in Haiti after Hurricane Matthew ravaged the southern coast of the island. Clean the World employees met with local Orlando volunteers early in the morning at our recycling center to help box soap, although it was just hours before that same hurricane was predicted to come through Central Florida.

LaMark wasted no time making sure every volunteer table was stocked full of soap ready to be packaged. He engaged with volunteers and was excited to assist them in any way possible. He helped keep the positive energy flowing through our warehouse, even amid a natural disaster.

“Everyone that works here actually cares about what we’re doing. It’s something we’re passionate about, being able to provide these things to the people that don’t have them. We can go and get soap whenever we need it, but in other places where they can’t — soap is not something they see on a regular basis,” said LaMark.

Shipping Tips

In LaMark’s day-to-day work at Clean the World, he’s constantly in contact with our hospitality partners. He makes sure each general manager or director of housekeeping understands how meaningful it is that they’re participating in our life-saving program while ensuring they have all the necessary tools to make the program as easy as possible.

When asked if he has any tips for hospitality partners, LaMark said he hopes hotels will actively send us their bins immediately as they become full. Partners often set aside bins that are 100 percent full rather than sending them off to one of our recycling centers. Holding onto those bins can affect a hotel’s impact statement, which reports all the bars of soap that property is contributing to our cause, as well as all the waste they’re helping to divert from landfills.

Simply put: If you let full bins pile up at your hotel for a few months, then we won’t have any numbers to report back to you at the end of the quarter.

On the other hand, sending bins that aren’t full is not cost-effective. The best thing to do is contact Customer Service as soon as your bin is 75 percent full. That way we can send shipping labels and send replacement bins to your hotel. However, even after you receive the shipping labels, we ask that you please don’t ship containers to us until they are full to the top.

LaMark says that by following these steps on a regular basis, Clean the World can provide an accurate quarterly report of the amazing impact your property is making!

Next time you speak with LaMark or exchange a friendly email, please feel free to share what you love about Clean the World or any concerns you may have, because he’s just the guy to help you out!