Posted on June 20, 2012
Volunteers loading soap to be shipped.

Hotels in the United States discard an estimated 2.6 million bars of soap every day. Around the world, there are over 45 million people with limited or no access to clean water or soap, leaving them susceptible to life-threatening illnesses.

Three years ago Derreck Kayongo and his wife Sarah, former Kenyan refugees, recognized the potential in what Americans throw out every day to save the lives of refugees and vulnerable populations. From their dreams and dedication emerged The Global Soap Project. What started as a small venture in the Kayongo’s Atlanta basement, is now an organization partnered with more than 300 hotels. With the help of these hotels, The Global Soap Project generates over 100 tons of recycled soap for suffering communities in nine countries.

The organization collects soap in mass quantities from hotels and is then processed by volunteers at Global Soap Project’s warehouse in Georgia. At the warehouse, a machine is used to filter out dirt and particles from the soap, and finally, the soap is sent to a laboratory and screened for pathogens before being shipped around the world.

The Global Soap Project’s work has garnered much deserved international attention. Kayongo was recently recognized as a Top 10 Finalist for the 2011 CNN Hero Award. Along with the help of volunteer attorneys through Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta, the organization has been able to focus their attention on helping those in great need.

“With their help, we’ve been able to improve the structure of our volunteer program and soap making operations. They’ve saved us considerable time and money – two resources that are critical to our success,” says Sam Stephens, executive director of The Global Soap Project.

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta has worked with The Global Soap Project on a wide variety of projects. For example, Ashley Herd of Meyer Moser Lang advised the organization on hiring an executive director, and Alex Fonoroff and Sabina Vayner of Kilpatrick Townsend are currently assisting Global Soap Project with international trademark protection. Stacey Turner of Georgia Power, Sloane Perras of Aaron’s and Luanna Petti have also donated their time and talents to help the Global Soap Project.

Posted on June 20, 2012

Pro Bono Partnership of Atlanta volunteers provided more than $2.3 million worth of legal services to Atlanta nonprofits last year. The time and talents of our attorney volunteers make a big difference to the nonprofits they serve. Below are some “shout outs” to our volunteers from their appreciative nonprofit clients:

To: Jared Brandman of The Coca-Cola Company and Dan Rollman of DLA Piper
From: Fund for Southern Communities
“We truly appreciate all the time that you gave to this project, including meetings with our Board of Directors to review each one of the documents and answer their questions. It was a pleasure working with you all.”

To: Ashley Herd of Meyer Moser Lang
From: Global Soap Project
“I just wanted to thank you again for all the incredible work you performed for the Global Soap Project. I hope you know that we could not have made so much progress within the last 60 days without your help.”

Shout out to Jason Howard of Paul Hastings
From: Child Development Association
“Thanks to Jason, we were able to craft a strategy that met our Board’s approval and provided significant help to our tenant who was struggling. The new lease arrangement has been working smoothly for three months and the tenant has been very appreciative. They have even been coming up with fundraising ideas to benefit the CDA!”

To: Lisa Reeves of Turner Broadcasting System
From: Youth V.I.B.E.
“Your support helped us to maintain compliance and provide the necessary documents to garner more funding. Thank you again and may you continue to serve as a catalyst to empower the youth in our community.”

To: Keisha Coleman of Ballard Spahr
From:
S.H.A.R.E. House
“Thank you for volunteering to help S.H.A.R.E. House with its employee handbook. It was great working with you in this process. You have been a great teacher and educator relating to what we need to do as an organization.”