The Community Laundry Co-op in Ottawa not only provides clean clothes for $2.00 a load (wash, dry and soap included) but it also means being part of a community.
Our member volunteers welcome and assist newcomers in becoming familiar with the co-op and operating the machines as well as providing a cup of coffee and a chance to chat while the wash is being done.
Our counsellor is very familiar with services available in Ottawa and can provide support and referrals as required in a safe welcoming environment.
Anyone can become a member for just $2.00 a year. As they become more comfortable, they can decide how they want to fit into the CLC Community whether through:
- attending social events,
- volunteering or
- taking part in our Commercial Laundry Service.
The Commercial Laundry Service social enterprise offers laundry and delivery services to local clients at competitive rates while providing opportunities for members to gain work experience, develop their skills, and supplement their income.
WHY WE'RE HERE
Founded in 1999, the Community Laundry Co-op (CLC) is a grassroots charitable co-operative that provides accessible and affordable self-service laundry for low-income and isolated families and individuals and serves as a valuable support network for its members – many of whom struggle with mental health issues, addictions and developmental and/or physical disabilities. The Co-op also provides training and mentoring through its Contract Laundry Service social enterprise which offers laundry and delivery services to local clients at competitive rates, providing further opportunities for members to gain work experience, develop their skills and supplement their income.
Approximately 75% of Co-op members rely on government programs for income; 99% are living in poverty. The Co-op reaches out to recent immigrants and provides a non-threatening environment to practice English and access the support of a broader community. As an integral part of its program, the Co-op provides formal counselling to an average of 90 members per month as well as information, referrals and social support to more than 40 people on a drop-in basis.