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Your vote is your voice! #Vote2020 #MakeMomProud
Did you know that registering to vote is available online in many states? It's easy and there's still time to register!
Rinse Election Updates To Date:
This election season we’re continuing to #MakeMomProud and help any way we can. That is why we’re excited to report that members of the Rinse team are participating in the Big Send -- a nonpartisan initiative to increase voter turnout by sending 15 million personalized letters to under-represented groups across the nation.
Multiple randomized experiments have shown that Vote Forward’s hybrid handwritten / typed letter templates are effective at increasing voter turnout. Learn more about the Big Send here!
At Rinse, one of our core values is to “Make Mom Proud.” With Election Day right around the corner, we are focused on doing just that by getting involved and helping out where we can.
To that end, Rinse will be closing service on Election Day (Tue 11/3) and giving all of our employees a paid holiday. We will send an email closer to the date with an updated service schedule for that week.
In addition, we are working with a few great organizations to help ensure everyone who wants to vote will be able to. We’re excited to tell you about one of those partnerships below!
(If you haven’t already, don’t forget to register to vote. It's easy and takes less than 2 minutes!)
Rinse x Power the Polls
You may not know it, but America is facing an unprecedented shortage of poll workers.
Many workers from previous elections are over the age of 60 and due to their heightened risk from COVID-19, cannot work the polls this year. With more than half of the U.S. electorate expected to vote in person, communities around the country need help.
If you are interested and able to support your community by serving as a poll worker, please sign up using this link or share to help spread the word. Note that poll workers receive PPE, training, and payment.
- 10/17 - 10/30: early voting period
- 10/24: the deadline to register online to vote (register here in 2 minutes or less!)
- 10/28: the deadline to request a ballot by mail (by 5 p.m.)
Who Can Vote in Massachusetts
To register to vote in Massachusetts you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Massachusetts
- be at least 16 years old (must be 18 years old to vote on Election Day)
- not have been convicted of corrupt practices in respect to elections
- not be under guardianship with respect to voting
- not be currently incarcerated for a felony conviction
To learn more about voting in Massachusetts, visit the state's resource page here.
- 9/24 - 11/2: early voting period
- 10/18: the deadline to register online to vote (register here in 2 minutes or less!)
- 10/29: the deadline to request a ballot by mail
Who Can Vote in Illinois
To register to vote in Illinois you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a resident of Illinois and of your election precinct at least 30 days before the next election
- be at least 18 years old on or before the next election
- cannot be serving a sentence of confinement in any penal institution as a result of conviction of any crime
- not claim the right to vote anywhere else
To learn more about voting in Illinois, visit the Illinois State Board of Election's page here.
- 10/5 - 11/2: early voting period
- 10/19: the deadline to register online to vote (register here in 2 minutes or less!)
- 10/19: the deadline to request a ballot by mail (must be postmarked by 10/19)
Who Can Vote in California
To register to vote in California you must:
- be a United States citizen
- be a resident of California
- be at least 18 years old or older on Election Day
- not be currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony
- not be currently found to be mentally incompetent to vote by a court
To learn more about voting in California, visit the Secretary of State's resource page here.
- 10/27 - 11/2: early voting period
- 10/13: deadline to request a ballot by mail
- Reminder, you cannot register to vote online in WDC
To learn more about voting in Washington, D.C., visit the DC Board of Elections' resource page here.
Who Can Vote in Washington, D.C.
To register to vote in Washington, D.C. you must:
- be a citizen of the United States
- be a be a resident of the District of Columbia
- maintain residency in the District of Columbia for at least 30 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote
- not claim voting residence or the right to vote in another U.S. state or territory
- be at least 17 years old (You may register to vote if you are at least 16 years old. You may vote in a primary election if you are at least 17 years old and you will be at least 18 years old by the next general election. You may vote in a general or special election if you are at least 18 years old).
- not be in jail for a felony conviction
- not have been found by a court to be legally incompetent to vote
Our Co-Founder & CEO, Ajay Prakash, shares more about what Rinse is doing to help during the 2020 election season.
This year's elections are incredibly important for a number of reasons, and not surprising for #2020, they will also be a bit different than many we've seen in the past. Typically, most of the energy prior to an election is spent on persuasion - e.g. how can you convince voters to support your candidate (some of you are probably trying to do that with family and friends right now!) - but the interesting thing about this year's election is that it's less about persuasion and much more about mobilization.
It has become increasingly clear that Voter turnout will decide the election.
Like many of you, Rinse has been thinking about how we can help mobilize voters over the next 35 days. Below are a few things we are doing:
- Rinse is closing service on Election Day (11/3) and giving our employees a paid holiday. We typically only close around July 4th, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve. This year, we will be closed on Election Day so we can give our team time to vote, to volunteer as a poll worker, or to just enjoy the day off.
- Rinse has joined the Civic Alliance, a nonpartisan coalition that provides valuable tools, resources, events, and partnership opportunities to companies to help them engage employees and consumers as active participants in civic life.
- Rinse has partnered with Power The Polls to help address the impending poll worker shortage this year.
- Rinse will facilitate participation in the “Big Send” led by Vote Forward. Vote Forward is an organization that focuses on sending letters to drive voter turnout (a surprisingly effective approach). They have set October 17th as the "Big Send" date to maximize voter turnout.
- I am personally supporting the Voter Participation Center and exploring ways that Rinse might be able to as well. Their only goal is to turn non-voters into voters.
Note that all of the organizations above are nonpartisan and primarily focused on voter turnout. Involvement in any of the above efforts is 100% optional for our employees (except for taking the day off ... they've earned it!) - our goal is simply to #MakeMomProud and facilitate ways our team and customers can help.
To stay up-to-date on our election initiatives, visit our blog page here.
Check out Rinse’s Co-Founders' episode of NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz as part of the Resilience Series.
Check out Rinse’s Co-Founders, Ajay and James, episode of NPR’s How I Built This with Guy Raz as part of the Resilience Series.
How I Built This is a very popular podcast about "innovators, entrepreneurs, idealists, and the stories behind the movements they built" produced by NPR. The Resilience Series focuses on Guy’s conversations with founders and entrepreneurs about how they're navigating turbulent times, including Airbnb, Hello Sunshine, DreamBox, and now Rinse!
In the episode, Ajay and James discuss with Guy how to start a business and choose the right Co-Founder, how Rinse’s business model works, and how Rinse’s core values have been guiding Rinse through the challenges of COVID-19. Download the episode or watch the full video interview below!
Download the audio podcast here.
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We put together a helpful checklist to consider when trying to find the best dry cleaner near you.
Depending on your lifestyle you may need access to a dry cleaner regularly, particularly if you work in an office environment with a dress code or frequent social outings that require formal wear. Finding a trustworthy dry cleaner near you should not be taken lightly. After all, you are trusting the cleaners with your wardrobe which costs money, and ultimately can affect how you look and feel each day.
We put together a list of the top factors you should consider when choosing a dry cleaner near you in order to help you find the best option nearby.
1.) Cleaning Quality
Arguably the most important factor to consider when searching for a cleaner nearby is determining whether or not the cleaner is able to provide you with high-quality, professional cleaning. The easiest way to find this out is to try the cleaner yourself. If you choose to do so, it might be a good idea to start small and only provide a few clothing items that are relatively easy to clean, such as dress shirts. This way, you’re not putting too much of your wardrobe at risk.
Otherwise, we recommend doing your research on the cleaner to find out how long they have been in business and what their customers say about them. Sites such as Yelp! are helpful because customers are able to leave a review and post photos, which gives you a preview of what the service is like at the prospective cleaner.
Additionally, cleaners may have a website where they provide a brief description of their experience and list reasons why they are the right cleaner for you.
At Rinse, we have decades of cleaning experience. Our Co-founder James Joun has been in dry cleaning for over 30 years. As such, we know what it takes to provide high-quality cleaning and have been doing so for many years in several locations.
Another way to find out if a dry cleaner is able to provide you with high-quality cleaning is by asking them questions. (HINT: if you need to ask Rinse a question you can email us anytime at [email protected].)
For example, you can bring in an item that you know will need extra care and attention, such as a formal dress with ornamentation, and ask the cleaners how they would handle the cleaning process. By doing so, you’ll gain a better understanding of how knowledgeable the cleaner is and it will help you determine if they are able to provide you with quality cleaning service that you can trust.
Finding a dry cleaner that is accessible for you and your schedule is another important factor to consider. Many dry cleaners are only open during normal business hours (e.g. 9am to 5pm). If you do find a cleaner near you, may have to navigate parking or the lack thereof. However, this schedule causes issues for most of us since we typically work during the day. Spending precious minutes before or after work to drive to the cleaners isn’t a great use of your time either.
In addition, you will want to find out if any cleaners near you offer a delivery service. If they do, they may only deliver during the day which isn’t helpful if you work or they may only deliver within a certain radius.
Rinse has addressed these two major pain points to make dry cleaning more accessible and easier than ever. We offer door-to-door pickup and delivery 7 days a week between 8pm and 10pm. With this schedule, our customers are able to fit dry cleaning into their daily routine.
3.) Damage Policies
Accidents and mistakes happen to the best of us, including professional cleaners. If your next cleaner inadvertently loses or damages your items it’s important to understand how the cleaner will handle the situation and what your options are as their customer.
While reputable cleaners rarely lose or damage items, they might have policies in place just in case the worst-case scenario does happen.
At Rinse, we have the best guarantee on the market. In the rare instance that an item goes missing or is damaged during the cleaning process, we will provide reimbursement for up to the full value of that item ($1,000 max per order), in accordance with our terms and conditions.
Furthermore, if you’re not satisfied with the cleaning of your clothes, we will re-clean them — free of charge.
4.) Additional Services
While you may be in the market for dry cleaning today you never know what you might need in the future. Finding a cleaner near you that does more than just dry cleaning is valuable because it will save you time from having to search for another cleaner and perhaps even save you money depending on the type of service you’re looking for.
It’s rather difficult for dry cleaners to offer laundry services but you may be lucky and live near one that offers both laundry and dry cleaning.
Another reason why Rinse is a leader in the clothing care industry is that we offer a variety of services including Wash & Fold, Hang Dry, Dry Cleaning, Launder & Press, Repairs, and Leather Cleaning.
Many of our Dry Cleaning customers end up using us for Wash & Fold and vice versa. You may need a cleaner that is versatile sometime in the future so finding a cleaner that offers several services now as opposed to later can save you time in the long-run.
Perhaps you are already thinking of this given what has transpired as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Now more than ever, door-to-door services are becoming much more important. Rinse will continue to a leader in the space and provide door-to-door delivery service to those who need it
Choosing a dry cleaner near you shouldn’t just be based on the proximity of the cleaner to your home — it’s a decision that should take into account everything from pricing, convenience, experience, and quality.
Cleaning Service Reviewed, one of the leading independent review sites for cleaners around the world, has named Rinse as one of the Top 9 Best Dry Cleaners in San Francisco! Receiving this recognition would not be possible without the hard-work and dedication from our team at Rinse including our Valets, Cleaning Partners, Customer Care team, and all of our local Operations teams.
We appreciate the support of all of our customers, especially our customers in the Bay Area. We're proud to be recognized as one of the best dry cleaners in San Francisco and look forward to continuing to serve the San Francisco Bay Area for years to come!
Rinse has always worked to help local businesses. In the wake of COVID-19, we have spent significant time and energy helping our Local Cleaning Partners navigate the current environment.
In addition, we know there are other ways we can help local business while also helping our customers get through this. To that end, we have partnered with our friends at Union Kitchen to bring you a “Stay-at-Home Snack Pack” that they have created with a focus on products that are made in Washington, DC.
Union Kitchen has curated a Snack Pack that consists primarily of assorted items that are made locally in the Washington D.C. area (and they’ve even included hand sanitizer for good measure!). Each box sold helps support these local businesses while bringing you some great snacks to enjoy.
The price of each Stay-at-Home Snack Pack is $50. Each box includes the following items:
- 2 – Tony's Chocolonely Small Chocolate Bars - (1 Milk Chocolate, 1 Caramel Sea Salt)
- 1 – Stacy's Pita Chips (1.5oz - Cinnamon Sugar)
- 1 – Kettle Chips (5oz - Sour Cream & Onion)
- 2 – Wood Fire Big Bag Pita Chips – (1 Garlic Parmesan, 1 Za’atar)
- 1 – Berg Bites - Chocolate Peanut Butter Madness
- 1 – Afirma Water (750 mL bottle)
- 2 – Clark's Cubes (1 coffee, 1 tea)
- 1 – Sahale California Almonds
- 1 – Meat Empire Biltong
- 1 – Tasty 6 - Relax & Rest
- 1 – Ignite Bar - Salted Chocolate
- 2 – Snacklins – (1 BBQ, 1 Chesapeake)
- 1 – Walt's Waffle & Pancake Mix
- 1 – Compass Coffee Hand Sanitizer (6 oz)
How To Order
You can request a Stay-at-Home Snack Pack by texting SNACKS to 746-73 (“RINSE”) or emailing [email protected] We will confirm availability with you before your delivery, and you will be charged the $50 upon delivery. Customers may order more than one Snack Pack at a time.
Note that if you choose to order a Snack Pack without an additional Rinse service like laundry or dry cleaning, it will be subject to our standard Service Fee and Health & Safety Fee.
We hope you enjoy Union Kitchen’s Snack Pack as much as we have. More importantly, we hope you continue to stay safe and healthy, and stay home if you can.
For Non-Rinse Customers:
If you have not used Rinse before but would like to order a Stay-at-Home Snack Pack, please take the following steps:
- Create your free account here.
- Follow the instructions to schedule a pickup and create your account. If you would like to ONLY order a Stay-at-Home Snack Pack and do not plan to use Rinse’s clothing care services, that’s okay. The signup process will ask you to select the type of service you are looking for (just go ahead and select any option).
- Once you have created your account, simply text “SNACKS” to 746-73. We will confirm availability with you before your delivery, and you will be charged the $50 upon delivery plus our standard Service Fee and Health & Safety Fee. You may order more than one Snack Pack at a time.
More on Union Kitchen
Union Kitchen is a food and beverage business accelerator in DC. It builds Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) brands through its manufacturing infrastructure which includes a commercial kitchen, retail stores, and distribution. Since starting in 2012, Union Kitchen has worked with over 650 food businesses, including DC favorites Compass Coffee, Snacklins, Eat Pizza, Swapples.
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