Volunteers to Assemble Hygiene Kits at Annual Conference

Find out how you can take part in the Clean the World service project

By Kathy Gurchiek May 8, 2015
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​Volunteers at the 2014 SHRM Annual Conference & Exposition

Community project volunteers at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition are expected to stuff 4,000 hygiene kits that will be given to adults and children in Las Vegas who are in need.

Volunteers will fill plastic bags with everyday items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, body lotion, a washcloth, and soap. Community groups will distribute the kits to seniors, people who are homeless, students, children and survivors of disaster in the region.

This marks the third year that SHRM has partnered with Orlando-based Clean the World (CTW). Volunteers at the SHRM 2014 Annual Conference in Orlando “blew through” the assembly of 3,000 hygiene kits that benefited needy children and families in that city, according to Lauren Liles, CMP, meeting planner for SHRM. The first year of the project—at the 2013 Annual Conference in Chicago—also saw 3,000 kits assembled and distributed.

(Share your Clean the World experience on Twitter with these hashtags: #SHRM15 #ONEPROJECT.)

Clean the World

CTW was founded in February 2009 to prevent millions of deaths caused by hygiene-related illness and, in the process, reduce landfill waste. The nonprofit organization is located in all 50 states and a number of Canadian provinces and operates soap recycling centers in Orlando, Las Vegas and Hong Kong. Soap that is recycled is donated by CTW’s more than 1,600 hotel partners.

The centers can produce more than 80,000 bars of soap daily from the discarded soaps it receives weekly from its hotel partners and from individual soap drives, according to the group’s website. It has distributed more than 23 million bars of soap in 99 countries. It also uses a process to recycle, sanitize and repackage shampoos, conditioners, lotions and gels from the hotels with which it partners.

One volunteer can easily assemble 20 kits in one hour, but any amount of time that people can spare is welcome. Volunteers may include a short message on a card with the toiletries they pack. CTW staff will have information available on how other organizations can replicate this community project with their employees.

CTW is located in the Connection Zone at the SHRM Annual Conference. Here are the hours you can stop by to assemble a kit:

  • Sunday, June 28: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
  • Monday, June 29: 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
  • Tuesday, June 30: 8 a.m.-5:15 p.m.

Kathy Gurchiek is the associate editor at HR News.

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