The Rev. Gerardo Roma Garcia, sent to East Hampton by the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island to oversee the church’s new East End Latino ministry, has a number of outreach efforts planned, but one called Laundry Love is already up and running.
The program is part of a national movement in which laundries and community volunteers work together to help low-income families and individuals save money for other needs by paying to wash and dry their clothes. Locally, Mr. Roma Garcia has partnered with the East Hampton Laundry in Amagansett. On the first Wednesday of each month from 5 to 7 p.m., the laundry provides the soap and fabric softener, while Mr. Roma Garcia and his helpers provide the money for the machines.
It is one small way to ease the burdens on low-income families, and it is open to all people, not only those who speak Spanish, he said.
Those who need assistance simply show up at the East Hampton Laundry on Wednesday. Those wishing to volunteer with the program have been asked to contact Mr. Roma Garcia at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church.