CenterPoint Newsletter | June 2016 | by Sandy Carr, Public Service Intern & Jill Triplett, Director for GEAR UP
UNLV GEAR UP staff rolled up their sleeves and volunteered with Clean the World, a unique non-profit organization focused on minimizing environmental waste and hygiene-related illnesses.
Clean the World collects soap bars, shampoo, conditioner, and other products typically discarded by the hospitality industry. The soap bars are resurfaced and all products are sterilized before being distributed to disadvantaged individuals in the United States and developing countries. Through this organization’s partnerships around the world, more than thirty-million bars of soap have been delivered to one hundred countries to prevent hygiene-related deaths and illnesses each year. Nationally, the organization also provides hygiene kits to victims of large and small natural disasters.
During the volunteer event, the UNLV GEAR UP team received a tour of the facility and the soap making process. Staff were then led to work stations to sort through the donated hygiene products. All staff members had a great time and gained knowledge and a new prospective on how one bar of soap, along with recycled amenities, can impact so many lives locally and globally.
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