Laundry of Today
Our Ark’s laundry program provides youth access to clean clothes with outreach supervised laundromat use or community volunteers who will do laundry in their own homes.
Our program provides laundry supplies such as detergent and dryer sheets and pays for the use of laundromat machines.
This program is part of our community laundry partnership. Our volunteers assist with resources and teach youths basic laundry skills that contribute to a healthier, more hygienic life
Volunteer of the Month
Missy Hughes took the bulls by the horns with the initiative to collect funds and laundry supplies for the Laundry of Today program. She saw the need was there and raised just the right amount of funds we needed. She stayed in communication with the Leadership team every step of the way, without micro-direction. She now supports us by washing a few clothes and blankets for our Youth when needed. We appreciate her and she does.
Your donations help bring life changing opportunities to Youth
experiencing homelessness in our community.
Our laundry program assists in teaching youth valuable life skills. For homeless youth, laundry may be a luxury and not all of them possess the skills needed. Successfully laundering clothes can require skills like reading, writing, or math. Additionally, our volunteers may provide tools to assist in keeping the items they have comfortable and wearable for longer with skills like repairing or altering clothing.
How YOU can help
As a team member in our laundry program you can volunteer to:
Accompany youths to laundromats to assist them in the process and teach them valuable life skills.
Teach youths sewing or mending techniques to keep their clothes in comfortable, wearable condition.
Wash youths clothing in your own home to provide them with access to clean, fresh clothing.
Assist in quarter collection by placing and picking up quarter collection containers in the community.
Maintaining projects like this requires assistance from our community in many ways. As a donor you can:
Become a sponsor by financially sponsoring a laundry day, week, or month to cover the financial needs of the program.
Donate supplies for laundry day and encourage others to do the same. Laundry detergent, fabric softener, dryer sheets, and other laundry supplies are always needed.
Donate clothes for the youths in need. New and gently used clothing can make a huge difference in hygiene and self-esteem for homeless youths.
Other Great Benefits with Laundry Days
Sharing time and speaking with youth, developing friendships and skills in a neutral community space.
Teaches responsibility and respect for their own belongings and creates a sense of pride and independence.
Clean clothes raise youth self-respect, improves their mental and physical health, eliminating odor, and possible infections due to microorganisms.