Southern California Gas Co. (SoCalGas) announced a $25,000 donation to The Laundry Truck LA (TLTLA) to help 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 will also donate a truck equipped with the company’s Eco Ready™ 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%. 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.”
“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.”
“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,” said Andrea Landi, president of Landi Renzo USA.
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. “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.”