Orange Sky was founded by best mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett in 2014, with a mission to positively connect communities. Since building their first mobile laundry van, Nic and Lucas have been awarded 2016 Young Australians of the Year, and have expanded to every capital city in Australia, and recently - across the ditch to New Zealand too! Through a network of 37 services in 26 locations, over 2000 volunteers operate mobile laundry and shower shifts each week to connect with people doing it tough. Our volunteers are not social workers or experts on homelessness - they are empathetic listeners and great conversationalists. What started as an idea to improve hygiene standards and restore dignity to people doing it tough has evolved into something much bigger and more powerful. There are over 41,000 New Zealanders who are experiencing homelessness and we are proud to be part of the greater community of service providers and not-for-profits helping to support people doing it tough. Now we are proudly operating three services in New Zealand with future expansion plans on the horizon.
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