Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced a $25,000 donation to The Laundry Truck LA (TLTLA) to provide free laundry services and necessities to the homeless population in Los Angeles, including at the city’s 42 coronavirus relief centers. The grant will help fund the purchase and furnishing of a second trailer to support the community’s rising demands for laundry services. Landi Renzo USA, a global leader in alternative fuel technology, will also donate a truck equipped with the company’s Eco Ready™ compressed natural gas (CNG) system to support TLTLA’s efforts. The converted CNG Ford F-250 pickup truck will help TLTLA expand their reach and lower the organization’s current transportation costs by 30 percent. With the donations from SoCalGas and Landi Renzo, TLTLA is expecting to complete 15,600 loads of laundry in 2020.
“In this pandemic, it is more critical than ever that our neighbors who are experiencing homelessness gain access to basic needs, such as laundry services,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda L. Solis. “Without a vaccine, we all must maintain good hygiene and wash our clothes frequently. It is our best line of defense against this highly contagious virus. Our community partners are providing loads of help and hope by stepping up to ensure individuals who lack stable housing will get their clothes cleaned through the free services offered by The Laundry Truck LA.”
“As an early supporter and funder of The LA Laundry Truck to provide critical hygiene services to unhoused Angelenos in my district, I applaud SoCalGas for their community support by investing in the expansion of The LA Laundry Truck with $25,000 funding towards a new trailer and a new CNG truck to haul the trailer,” said Gil Cedillo, councilmember of Los Angeles Council District 1. “Together, we are united to provide mobile laundry service that meets the public health and personal welfare of unhoused Angelenos.”
“This is an unprecedented time, and our homeless neighbors in Los Angeles County need our support more than ever,” said Trisha Muse, director of community relations at SoCalGas. “Our partnership with Landi Renzo and The Laundry Truck LA not only allows us to serve our community but also the environment.”
“This partnership is an amazing opportunity for us to be able to help and give back to our local community. We are pleased to partner with SoCalGas and The Laundry Truck to contribute in this unparalleled time of need,” said Andrea Landi, president of Landi Renzo USA. “Our Ford F-250 truck with the Landi Renzo compressed natural gas system will help The Laundry Truck with their mobile services while lowering emissions, reducing their environmental impact, and decreasing their fuel costs.”
The Laundry Truck LA is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing free mobile laundry services for those in need throughout Los Angeles and is one of the first mobile laundry services in the country to serve the homeless population. Prior to this donation, TLTLA served the community through a trailer furnished with five sets of washers and dryers, a folding station, and a water heater. Through the help of donations and partnerships, TLTLA is now expanding their operations to further assist the additional six thousand beds the City of Los Angeles have committed to for the COVID-19 pandemic.
“We believe that essential personal care services, like clean laundry, can truly impact lives — especially at a time like this,” said Jodie Dolan, founder and owner of The Laundry Truck LA. “This generous donation from SoCalGas and Landi Renzo will allow us to provide these critical services to some of the most vulnerable Angelenos.”
SoCalGas is dedicated to supporting the health, safety and wellness of our community. This donation is in addition to SoCalGas’ $1 million donation towards nonprofit organizations throughout its service area to help those in need during the COVID-19 pandemic. This money will be used to support the region’s workforce, feed the hungry, and provide bill assistance to customers most affected by the coronavirus. Additional information about SoCalGas’s response to COVID-19 is available here.
This article was released by the Southern California Gas Co.