NORTHBROOK, Ill. — Zengeler Cleaners reports that in the month of June it donated face masks to Lake County Haven of Libertyville, Ill., a social-service agency dedicated to meeting the needs of homeless women and children, using education, employment, and life-skills training to help people move from homelessness to independence.
“More and more local residents have turned to not-for-profit organizations for short-term assistance during this unusual time of need,” says Tom Zengeler, president of Zengeler Cleaners.
“Additionally, the State of Illinois has asked residents to wear face masks as we continue to battle the COVID-19 pandemic. It stands to reason that if a family needs services from a food pantry or other organization, they may not be able to afford face masks, either. We felt it would be important to donate reusable cloth face masks to such organizations.”
Zengeler Cleaners also donated masks to the Libertyville Food Pantry, an affiliate of the Northern Illinois Food Bank. Additional donations were to take place this month for similar organizations in the Northbrook and Deerfield areas, the firm adds.
Zengeler Cleaners’ face-mask donation program is conducted in cooperation with Image Apparel Solutions of Wheeling, Ill. Image Apparel Solutions will donate masks to organizations in need by matching one-for-one with each mask Zengeler Cleaners purchases for employees or customers and/or masks purchased to donate on their own, Zengeler notes.
“We really appreciate a key supplier like Image Apparel Solutions stepping up to help make this program possible during these trying times,” continues Zengeler.
“This is a great example of the culture of the cleaning industry: owner/operators and suppliers working together to support the local community in its time of need.”