Planet Aid at Home
By making it more convenient for consumers to drop off their unwanted clothing, Planet Aid helps increase textile reuse and recycling rates, thereby reducing environmental impacts associated with the manufacture and disposal of textile products. In 2018, Planet Aid collected and recycled nearly 90 million pounds of clothes and shoes in the United States.
Here are a few other highlights from our work in 2018.
Planet Aid Partners with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
About four years ago, Planet Aid began partnering with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction and the Go Home to Stay Home program. The aim of the partnership is to help inmates in making a better life for themselves upon release.
In the following four years, the program has expanded and changed, making great strides in quaility of life for inmates. The project was featured on ABC Channel 5 News in Cleveland this past year. You can see their full story here. And, Planet Aid’s Kim Lipfird was recognized as Volunteer of the Year by Grafton Correctional Institution for with the Go Home to Stay Home program. Read more
Planet Aid Supports Kansas City Food Bank
Planet Aid Kansas City is a proud partner of Harvesters, a regional food bank serving a 26-county area in northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 62 nonprofit agencies, including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes, and others. Planet Aid makes donations of canned food and toiletries to Harvesters monthly.
Planet Aid and the Weekend Backpack Program
Planet Aid is partnering with the Peabody, Massachusetts public school district to bring food to elementary students in need. The public schools offer qualified elementary students complimentary breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, during the school year to help those families struggling to meet food needs. However, many of these children leave school Friday afternoon with no expectations for meals until the Monday morning school breakfast. To address this need for nutritious food over the weekend, The Weekend Backpack Program was initiated. Planet Aid helped with this school year’s effort by donating backpacks to the school district for the program. Read more
Planet Aid Assists Ellicott City in Cleanup Effort
Ellicott City, Maryland was devastated by flooding in May 2018, with much of the downtown area severely impacted. Buildings and businesses were destroyed, vehicles were washed away, and one fatality occurred. The incident made headlines around the globe.
In response to this terrible disaster, the second in two years, there was a tremendous outpouring of support from the community. Planet Aid helped in the effort with volunteers and with equipment.