Gabrielle Union

*Actress and spokesperson for Proctor and Gamble’s Bounty brand in partnership with HandsOn Network and the Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation, announces the “Make a Clean Difference” program which will unite more than one thousand volunteers to transform the learning environments of 30 public schools in 10 cities across the country.  

The program was recently unveiled in Washington DC at the HandsOn Network’s reception to celebrate National Volunteer Week and the first anniversary of the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act.  

In the following weeks, Gabrielle will be joined by other famous faces pitching in to make a clean difference in public schools, including Mary J. Blige and Russell Simmons who will kick off the first school clean up in New York on May 4th.

Volunteers will help make the schools “Bounty clean,” tackling everything from cleaning cafeterias to planting around front entrances, while Rush’s teaching artists will work with children and volunteers to paint special murals to leave behind at each school that inspire and promote creativity.

“I am thrilled to be here at National Volunteer Week with the HandsOn Network, Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation and Bounty,” said Union. “We hope the ‘Make a Clean Difference’ program will inspire families across the country to get involved hands-on in their communities and join the effort to clean our public schools.”

Clean learning environments are critical since research shows a link between the cleanliness of school facilities and students’ academic achievements, yet 25% of all schools report at least one on-site building in less than adequate condition.(1)(2)

“Our goal is to provide our youth with clean and fun learning environments to unlock their curiosity and creativity,” said Dave Lee, Bounty Brand Manager.  “We believe that whether at home or at school, messes should never get in the way of creativity and learning.”

Bounty’s “Make a Clean Difference” program will impact 30 public schools in the following cities from April through June: Atlanta, GA; Boston, MA; Charlotte, NC; Cincinnati, OH; Dallas, TX; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL; Minneapolis, MN; New York, NY; and Seattle, WA.  

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