Pilot Chemical Company teamed up with United Way of Greater Cincinnati on April 14 to celebrate one of life’s simple pleasures – the smell of fresh laundry. As part of National Volunteer Week, more than 20 employees from Pilot Chemical packed into a conference room at its headquarters in Sharonville to assemble individual packages of laundry detergent for those in need.
“We wanted to give back, strengthening the communities where our employees live and work,” said Bartley Morrisroe, corporate communications manager with Pilot Chemical Company. “As a manufacturer of the ingredients inside personal and household cleaners, donating those types of products was the perfect match.”
Pilot donated enough detergent to wash more than 800 loads of laundry to Family Service of Middletown and to Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center located in Lockland, Ohio.
“Not everyone realizes that food stamps cannot be used for taxable items like a bar of soap or laundry detergent,” said Barbara Klie, program manager with Family Service of Middletown. “There’s a huge need for these items in our community. We are so thankful for everything Pilot is doing for our clients.”
“We serve about 9,000 clients each year and Pilot’s donation saved our organization the cost of purchasing supplies,” said Gordon Dennis, volunteer and board member with Valley Interfaith Food and Clothing Center.
This is the first installment of a quarterly initiative offered by Pilot Chemical and its employees. “It’s important to see our chemistry put to good use,” said Morrisroe. “We really enjoy being involved in something that seems so simple but makes such a difference to our neighbors.”