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    Down with dirty laundry

    With the diverse nature of the students at the University of Arizona, it’s expected that some will have businesses, but some of them have a heart, too.

    Mom’s Campus Cleaners, a laundry and cleaning service run by two UA students since April, plans to host a clothing and donation drive, in conjunction with Project Volunteer, for the victims of the Southern California fires.

    “”We definitely wanted to help give back to the community,”” said Jeffrey Levin, a political science senior.

    Mom’s will be collecting clothing and monetary donations every day next week as they pick up and drop off customers’ clothing orders and should also be on the mall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, depending on UA mall scheduling demands.

    Moms will donate all the clothing and money to the Red Cross Natural Disaster Relief Fund program set up specifically for the SoCal fire victims.

    “”A little donation from everybody would help,”” he added.

    Levin and Mom’s partner Cooper Wilson, a media arts junior, started Mom’s Campus Cleaners after meeting when they were brothers in the Zeta Beta Tau fraternity.

    Levin said after doing their own laundry when they first came to the university, the two thought it would be great if someone would come and pick up their laundry and then bring it back done.

    After discovering that there was no such service on campus, the two saw a great need and acted on it.

    Wilson said they pooled their money – his from leftover settlement money from an accident – and went into business, including buying their own van.

    Planning for the business began in December 2006 with

    brainstorming over the name of the business and the creation of a logo, made with the help of a graphic designer, Wilson said, adding that it took a couple of weeks for them to come up with a name they liked, which turned out to be Mom’s.

    Wilson said his parents have been very supportive of his business venture.

    So much so, that his mother’s voice is on the voicemail system for the business’ telephone.

    The company does it all: laundry, dry cleaning, home cleaning and they are looking to expand to move-in and move-out storage for students while they are home for the summer, and served their first clients in April.

    The company picks up laundry weekly at fraternities, sororities and dorms on campus according to a regular schedule.

    Mom’s will also pick up laundry from apartments and homes in greater Tucson on the customer’s time frame.

    Mom’s, which has about 200 clients, has several plans in place to fit just about anyone.

    The most popular plan includes up to 25 pounds of laundry per week, Levin said. If the student uses less one week, it rolls over to the next week.

    Leo Grifka, a business management junior, said he plans to use Mom’s service until the end of his time at the UA.

    “”I’m really happy with it, so far,”” Grifka said. “”It’s really great.””

    When the laundry comes back, it is clean, soft, folded and “”smells good,”” he said.

    Before he began using Mom’s, Grifka used a different laundry service that sometimes lost his clothing.

    But students aren’t the only one taking advantage of the service.

    Parents have also found the services to be beneficial, Levin said.

    Mom’s leases laundry facilities at Shaffer Dry Cleaning and Laundry, 2901 N. Campbell Ave.

    While neither partner actually does laundry, leaving that for their many employees, they both manage the business.

    “”We all do a little bit of everything,”” Wilson said, who is officially in charge of marketing, though the two share jobs.

    In addition to managing the business, both are full-time students who plan to keep the business up after graduation.

    “”We definitely see ourselves as moving forward and making it in to a big corporation someday,”” Levin said.

    Additionally, the partners are looking into expanding to other colleges around the country.

    They have spoken to business connections about opening locations or franchises at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of Illinois, Rutgers University and at Arizona State University, Wilson said. The company Web site lists even more universities they are considering for locations.

    Mom’s is doing so well, he said, “”I’m looking forward to next semester.””

    Anyone wanting more information about Mom’s or the company’s relief effort, can call 888-909-MOMS.

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