Laundry Love of Greater Danbury:
Love, Dignity, and Detergent
As a local chapter of the national non-profit Laundry Love, LLGD funds the washing of clothes and bedding of low/no- income families and individuals in Danbury. We brighten the lives of hundreds of people through love, dignity, and detergent by partnering with community agencies and a local laundromat.
The ten founding faith communities include Congregation B’Nai Israel, Danbury; Christ Episcopal Church, Redding; First Congregational Church, Ridgefield; Jesse Lee Memorial UMC, Ridgefield; St. James’ Episcopal Church, Danbury; St. Mary Catholic Church, Ridgefield; St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Ridgefield; Temple B’Nai Chaim, Georgetown; Trinity Episcopal Church, Newtown; United Jewish Center, Danbury.
LLGD AT A GLANCE
Here’s what was accomplished this past year…
3,000+ pre-paid laundry cards given to our neighbors in need
4,600 loads of laundry washed and dried
32 community-minded organizations, businesses, and individuals gave funds to LLGD
30 volunteers staffed a monthly event, delivered laundry cards to community partners, and helped keep this small ministry moving
16 community partners distributed cards throughout the year
12 laundromat events held at White Street Wash in Danbury, 2nd Wednesday of each month
10 founding faith communities continued to pledge money and provide volunteers
10 dollars provided one laundry card and two loads of laundry
ABOUT LAUNDRY LOVE
The story of Laundry Love began with T-Bone (Eric), a houseless gentleman living in Ventura Calif. In one particular conversation, a question was asked of him: “How can we come alongside your life in a meaningful way?” His response was honest and practical.
“If I had clean clothes, I think people would treat me like a human being.”
Since its inception, Laundry Love has washed close to 2 million loads of Laundry and served over 1.2 million people throughout the country. (www.laundrylove.org)
FISCAL SPONSOR AND TEAM LEADERSHIP
First Congregational church, Ridgefield generously acts as LLGD’s fiscal sponsor. This allows donations to directly support laundry cards rather than administrative fees. They provide a vital role for this much-needed yet often overlooked ministry.
WANT TO DO MORE?
Every month, the inventory of cards we distribute is depleted before demand is met. So, your ongoing support is crucial. Here’s how you can continue to support LLGD:
Make a donation. Every $10 provides two loads of laundry.
Join our monthly meeting, first Wednesday of each month,7 PM, via Zoom. These short meetings are a great way to steward the funds the church gives, and to meet like-minded volunteers from other faith communities.
Work a one-hour shift at White Street Wash in Danbury, second Wednesday of each month, 10 AM – 4 PM. There’s no better way to fully understand the meaning of love, dignity, and detergent.
Deliver laundry cards to our community partners in Danbury, once a month.
Contact any members of the Executive Board for more information.
Carol Bigman, Vice Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org); Becky Burdumy , Treasurer (email@example.com); Laurie Christiansen, Chair (firstname.lastname@example.org); Frances Kimball, At Large Member (email@example.com); Carole Stathis, Secretary, (firstname.lastname@example.org)