GLOBAL INSPIRATION, LOCAL ACTION
To us, social responsibility means mindful participation in efforts to improve the quality of life and well being of our neighboring and partnering communities across the world. We believe in the importance of thoughtfully making product by sourcing the best makers and manufacturing collaborators globally so that each product is made with intention.
Our non-profit, The Laundry Truck LA (TLTLA), is at the heart of our local social mission. With the LA Fashion District situated alongside the community of Skid Row, our mission to serve those experiencing homelessness became clear: we make clothes – let’s wash and clean some clothes! In October 2017, we founded The Laundry Truck LA (TLTLA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charity, which funds a free mobile laundry service for our unhoused neighbors and those in need in Los Angeles. We became one of the first mobile laundry services in the country to serve the homeless community, and one of a handful that we know of in the world.
In 2018, we set out to build the truck through private donations and received support from many. TLTLA began serving the community in January 2019 with 5 sets of washers & dryers, a folding station, a water heater, and propane tanks on a 16' trailer. Being an early innovator in this space has been exciting but certainly not without its challenges – hoses and water pressure, generators and electrical outlets, as well as manufacturer warranties that do not apply when units are put into a mobile unit (who knew?) have all been part of the experience.
Despite the challenges, TLTLA is growing through local city, county and community support! Initially operating 2x per week providing free services for anyone in need, it is estimated that TLTLA did approximately 3,000-4,000 loads of laundry in 2019. As of January 2020, we are providing laundry service 7 days a week and expect to do approximately 8,000-9,000+ loads of laundry this year.
Accessible personal care services, like clean laundry, truly impact lives, and can make the difference in securing employment or housing, or for kids, the difference in having a positive school experience. Our goal is to build awareness for this cause and come together to continue bringing this much needed service to our neighboring communities. Every DOLAN purchase helps make this possible!
Together, we've met our goal to bring this service to life but still need just over $4k per month at each location to continue reaching those in need. Your donations, voice and role in this journey are so appreciated! Here are some ways you can make an impact:
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We are thrilled to announce that DOLAN and The Laundry Truck LA were given an honorable mention in Fast Company's 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards in the Corporate Social Responsibility category! We are so excited about everything to come for The Laundry Truck LA in 2020. Every purchase you make at DOLAN directly supports our costs to continue serving L.A.'s homeless population. We dont wash our hands of our city's struggle, we wash clothes.
WE BELIEVE THROUGH THE POWER OF SHARED HUMAN EXPERIENCE AND MINDFUL LIVING, WE CAN COLLECTIVELY TRANSFORM THE WORLD FOR THE BETTER. THANK YOU TO OUR CUSTOMERS WHO HELP MAKE THIS POSSIBLE!