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FirstBank Awards Social Spin $5K for ‘Good Business’

Arizona laundry earns grant in small-business contest

LAKEWOOD, Colo. — Social Spin Laundromat, with locations in Mesa and Phoenix, Arizona, is one of 10 businesses to have been awarded grants in a bank’s recent “Good Business” contest.

FirstBank selected Social Spin to receive $5,000 in prize money plus $1,000 donated to a nonprofit of its choice.

Entrants were asked to describe “your business and how your business made, and continues to make, a positive impact on your community, customers, or employees during the COVID-19 pandemic,” according to the contest’s official rules. Businesses in Colorado; Maricopa County, Ariz.; and Riverside County, Calif., were eligible to enter.

Christy Moore, MSW, is founder and owner of Social Spin. The Mesa location offers self-service, wash-dry-fold, and pickup and delivery in addition to its customer-driven community programming.

Weekly, Social Spin provides free laundry to any neighbor in need and cultivates a “sharing environment” that includes a community refrigerator, clothing rack and little library.

“Our team of empathetic laundry lovers is our biggest asset,” said Moore in a July 2021 American Coin-Op article on community-focused, service-minded laundromats. “They enjoy connecting our customers to care and being a safe and trusted space for neighbors.”

FirstBank Awards Social Spin $5K for ‘Good Business’

Customers launder their clothes during a weekly free laundry event at Social Spin Laundromat, Mesa, Arizona, in fall 2020. FirstBank recently awarded Social Spin’s efforts to make a positive impact on its community during the COVID-19 pandemic with $5,000 in prize money plus $1,000 donated to a nonprofit of its choice. (Photo: Social Spin)

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