NSF Scrub Club

April 23, 2008

Greta Houlahan
NSF International
Phone: +1.734.913.5723

Anne Duffy
World Vision
Phone: +1.202.572.6340

NSF International Donates Over 1 Million Bars of Soap

Donation to World Vision, United Way and United Sisters of Charity will Help Communities in Need throughout the U.S. & Zambia

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ANN ARBOR, MI - NSF International, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to protecting and improving public health for over 60 years, announced today a donation of over 1 million bars of soap. The donation was made to World Vision, United Way and the United Sisters of Charity. These organizations will help distribute the soap throughout Southeastern Michigan; Appalachia, WV; Bronx, NY and Zambia in Africa.

Little girl receives soap

A World Vision staff member delivered some of the soap last month during her visit to Zambia.

Little boy receives learns to properly wash his hands

Little boy in Zambia learns how to properly wash his hands.

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Left: Mike Mason, G.S.A.; Bill Knott, World Vision; Robin Bechanko, NSF; Marcia Miner & Sandra Rupp, Washtenaw United Way; Nina Batie, United Sisters of Charity; and Will Fisher, NSF help load truck with soap.

Loading soap

Stan Hazan, NSF Director of Regulatory Affairs (left) and Will Fisher, NSF Vice President pitch in to load the soap.

"NSF International is honored to join World Vision, the United Way and the United Sisters of Charity in efforts to prevent the spread of illness by providing soap and encouraging proper handwashing techniques," said NSF Vice President William Fisher. "This donation will help thousands throughout the United States and Zambia live safer."

The United Way of Washtenaw County and Wayne County's United Sisters of Charity will distribute the soap to homeless shelters and other community organizations throughout Michigan.

"This donation will help our organization provide hygiene products to the hundreds of individuals and families we serve," said Nina Batie, Director of the United Sisters of Charity, a Wayne County Soup Kitchen. "We thank NSF for allowing grass roots non-profit organizations, like ours, an opportunity to broaden our services to the community."

"United Way of Washtenaw County is thrilled to have the opportunity to help NSF distribute the soap through our agency partners that assist the homeless, provide healthcare and work with youth in our community," said Sandra R. Rupp, President, United Way of Washtenaw County. "We are grateful to our friends at NSF for this generous donation of soap."

World Vision will distribute the soap to homeless shelters in Appalachia, the Bronx, as well as to HIV/AIDS caregivers in Zambia. World Vision and Genesis Service Associates, an NSF partner based in Ann Arbor, Mich., will cover the cost of shipping the soap.

"This gift shows that great things are accomplished when business, non-profits and faith-based communities join forces to help others," said Bill Knott, World Vision Senior Area Director. "It's wonderful to see the wide variety of needs this donation will meet."

NSF's Scrub Club, launched in 2004, is a series of web-based, interactive resources designed to teach children proper handwashing techniques and hygiene habits. The website ( features seven animated "soaper heroes" who work together to fight germs and bacteria. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the single most important thing we can do to keep from getting sick and spreading illness is to wash our hands. The Scrub Club teaches the six steps of proper handwashing to help reduce the spread of illness.

About NSF International: NSF International, an independent, not-for-profit organization, helps protect you by certifying products and writing standards for food, water and consumer goods ( Founded in 1944, NSF is committed to protecting public health and safety worldwide. NSF is a World Health Organization Collaborating Centre for Food and Water Safety and Indoor Environment. Additional services include safety audits for the food and water industries, management systems registrations delivered through NSF International Strategic Registrations, organic certification provided by Quality Assurance International and education through the NSF Center for Public Health Education.

About World Vision: World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision serves the world's poor regardless of a person's religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, visit

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