In 2020, The WASH Foundation, an evolution of Clean the World Foundation partnered with the CDC Foundation to implement our WASH (water, sanitation, and hygiene) Stations program to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and other hygiene-related illnesses by providing 24/7 access to hygiene and sanitation services. The program was implemented by setting up clusters of portable toilets and handwashing stations on partner host sites in regions where there was a high number of people experiencing homelessness.
Laminated CDC posters placed on each unit illustrated how to practice proper handwashing and how to help curb the transmission of COVID-19 and other communicable diseases. CTWF WASH coordinators performed regular site visits to monitor and log guest use of the WASH Stations. They also provided guests with hygiene items such as bottles of hand sanitizers and hygiene kits that included items such as a toothbrush, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, and conditioner.
|Operational Regions in 2022
|Greater Denver Area, Colorado
|Greater Seattle Area, Washington
In 2022, CTWF distributed a total of 1,500 hygiene kits; 8,889 feminine hygiene products; and 3,411 full-sized bottles of hand sanitizer to WASH Stations guests across all regions. Based on observational data, we estimate that the WASH Stations were used 162,027 times throughout the year.
A Word From Our Partners
Christian Service Center
“Closing our dining hall for daily hot lunch for the homeless of Orlando became a requirement. We did our best to provide a safer environment to eat outdoors, but there were other resources that financially we just couldn’t afford to supply. Being able to partner with the CDC and Clean the World to provide hand washing stations and restrooms to those experiencing homelessness has helped us stop the spread and encourage our community to be safe.”
-Carla Cox, Director of Programs and Mission
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
“We want to thank you and all who made this service possible for the community here in downtown Las Vegas. With God’s blessing and my prayers.”
-Father Courtney Edward Krier, Pastor
Samaritan Resource Center
“Thank you for allowing us to [be part of] the program. Just the other day one of our clients commented about how great it was to have the [porta-potties] available on the weekends.”
-Zeynep Portway, Director of Programming
“We are eternally grateful for you and Clean the World [Foundation] for helping. We appreciate your support and the wash stations to help the homeless. Thank you.
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