Student non-profit strives to improve community

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Helping the homeless, Brendan Graves, junior, packages kits and bags, Photo courtesy of Sean Maseng

Soap for Hope is a non-profit organization that creates and donates sanitary kits for the homeless in Nevada. Coronado student Sean Maseng created the organization in 2016 when he started donating the items to the homeless for his Eagle Scout project.

“I decided to expand my Eagle Scout project because I saw that there was a huge need in our community for these kits and the people needed these items,” Maseng said.

During the Thanksgiving break Maseng distributed the kits out in the Las Vegas area on November 20 and 21.

“We went to Project Homeless Connect where we gave out 1500 kits to the homeless and disadvantaged,” Maseng said. “The next day we distributed 450 kits and Piero’s served a free Thanksgiving dinner.”

He conceived the idea to give hygiene kits to the community when his dad, a pilot, brought home unused shampoo and soaps from hotels. They work with multiple organizations to provide kits for those in need.

“We work with Lutheran social services, CHIPS, and Nevada Homeless Alliance,” Maseng said. “We have also worked with Catholic Charities and Renew.”

The kits are given out weekly in the Las Vegas area to those unable to buy or provide themselves with sanitary items.

“The people that receive the kits smile and say thank you,” Brett Barish, board member of Soap for Hope, said. “They are so appreciative for the items we give them.”

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Samantha Catalano is a junior, and it is her first year writing for “The Roar.” When she is not at school, she is golfing, shopping, cooking, baking, traveling and spending time with friends and family. She also enjoys volunteering. She loves to watch “The Office” and “Parks and Recs,” along with anything that will make her laugh. Her all time favorite food is strawberries. Her favorite book is “Nine Women, One Dress.” Samantha’s goal is to go to college somewhere in the east.