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Cleaning company sweeps competition in food collection, donation drive

September 1st, 2017 development
Cleaning company sweeps competition in food collection, donation drive

By Colleen Sparks

A local company that tidies up homes in Chandler and around the East Valley is also skilled at helping people clean out their cupboards to feed those in need.

The East Valley Cleaning Authority, based in Chandler, earned recognition for collecting and donating the most pounds of food of any of the franchisees participating in the food drive in the United States and Canada last year. The local business donated more than 7,000 pounds of food to Matthew’s Crossing Food Bank last year. Clients were asked to leave any nonperishable food in bags The Cleaning Authority leaves at their homes.

“It was kind of a surprise,” Patrick Orr, managing partner of The East Valley Cleaning Authority, said. “We were just really happy to help. There’s definitely always a demand there. Everyone always falls on hard times; you remember those things as you’re trying to help.

“Any food bank around the Valley, especially in the summer and around the holidays, they’re hit hard,” Orr said. “There’s a lot of people that are looking for some help.”

It’s easy and convenient for customers, who hire The Cleaning Authority in their cities to clean their homes, to leave food donations. The clients who use the Cleaning Authority are busy, Orr said.

“They might not have time to even head down to the food bank,” he said. “We basically make it significantly easier for them to donate to this really needy arm of our community.”

The Cleaning Authority CARES, in its second year, tackles hunger in its communities. Last year more than 150 Cleaning Authority businesses collected close to 240,000 pounds of food.

“We have extremely hardworking employees who deliver for fantastic customers every day,” Orr said. “They’re happy to help us to help families in need throughout the Valley. We dove right in. Our employees dove right in; they wore their TCA CARES shirts.”

Food donations are taken in the summer and winter. So far this summer, The East Valley Cleaning Authority has taken in just under 3,300 pounds of food. Orr, of Tempe, owns The East Valley Cleaning Authority, as well as The Northwest Valley Cleaning Authority with his parents, Ken and Megan Orr of Chandler. The business in the East Valley serves people who live in Chandler, Gilbert, Queen Creek, Mesa, Sun Lakes, Ahwatukee, Tempe and south Scottsdale.

Patrick said besides focusing on the bottom line, it’s important for companies to give back to the community.

“It’s quite powerful to realize there’s a much larger picture,” Patrick said. “The minute you walk out of that office door, you kind of remember that you’re small.”

The Cleaning Authority has more than 195 franchise locations in the United States and Canada. Its workers use cleaning products with environmentally-friendly ingredients. To learn more about the company, visit