Clean the World
Since 1926, ACI has always put a high priority on programs and partnerships that help provide better living for individuals, families and communities.
In the early days of our organization we significantly supported an initiative to save waste fats that helped avoid soap rations during World War II. Years later we are proud to partner with Clean the World to continue our commitment to personal hygiene.
Clean the World is a non-profit organization that collects discarded soaps, shampoos, conditioners and other hygiene products from more than 1,200 participating hotels and hospitality partners. By providing something as basic as soap for hand washing, Clean the World is helping to prevent disease and avoidable death in areas where essentials for cleanliness are otherwise not readily available. Since its inception in 2009, Clean the World has been steadily increasing its services and operations to accommodate rapidly expanding community needs, awareness and donations, and has accepted in-kind donations of more than $2,000,000. In the process, Clean the World has put over 11 million soap bars and 325,000 pounds of shampoo and conditioner back into human use, simultaneously eliminating over 750 tons of waste.
ACI Sponsors One Project during Annual Convention
ACI President & CEO Ernie Rosenberg and ACI Board Chair Catherine Ehrenberger, Amway, assemble hygiene kits to assist Clean the World. Click here to see more photos.
On Thursday and Friday of ACI’s Convention Week 2013, attendees had the opportunity to support Clean the World's One Project. With a goal to assemble one hygiene kit for each attendee, the industry packaged more than double that number of kits that would help provide better living for families in Orlando associated with the Families in Transition (FIT) program.
"Thanks to the generosity of ACI volunteers, we were able to donate more than 2,000 hygiene kits to the Families in Transition (FIT) program at Seminole County Public Schools," said Clean the World co-founder and CEO Shawn Seipler. "Seminole is a suburban county on the north side of Orlando and was featured in a 2011 60 Minutes segment about the children of homeless families."
With the help of FIT, students and their families receive assistance with enrollment procedures, transportation to their school of origin, school supplies, free breakfast and lunch, tutoring if needed, and referrals to local service agencies for additional services if necessary. The program works to support student stability and success in school.
Beth Davalos is the coordinator of Seminole County’s FIT program. She was extremely grateful to ACI for providing the hygiene kits through Clean the World’s ONE Project. There is a great need for the supplies among a large population of homeless kids, so everything will be put to good use. Davalos said that her organization knows every single homeless student in the community.
"We're a school district. All the donations go directly to the students," Davalos said. "These children are going through trauma and need support to come out feeling empowered. We can get them through it with community help."
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