Frequently Asked Questions
Cleaning for a Reason is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides free home cleaning services to cancer patients. We believe in the power that a clean living environment can have on a patient’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being.
Cleaning for a Reason partners with qualified, local residential cleaning companies across the United States and Canada. Our partners are dedicated to supporting individuals and families affected by cancer and providing their services at no cost to the patient.
We serve all individuals and families with any type of cancer. Patients are eligible if they are recovering from cancer surgery, in cancer treatment, or in hospice care.
There is no cost to the patient – our amazing cleaning partners donate their time and services as a way of giving back to individuals and families in their communities.
We accept applications online. Please visit the Learn More & Apply page under the Patients tab to complete an application. You will be asked to submit patient information such as your email, name, and address.
Yes, we welcome applications submitted by caregivers, nurse navigators, doctors, colleagues, friends or family on behalf of patients. However, you must ask the patient first and ensure they are willing to accept the service.
During the application process, we ask for patient information such as email, name, and address, so please have this information readily available. Please visit the Learn More & Apply Now page under the Patients tab to complete an application.
Upon being matched with a qualified residential cleaning company in their area, a patient will receive two home cleaning sessions at their registered place of residence – that’s one cleaning a month for two months. These home cleanings will help cancer patients and their loved ones focus on what’s important and remove the burden of maintaining a clean home during a difficult time. Please note that services do not include “deep cleanings” or “spring cleanings.”
We are proud to have a high match success rate of 50%, which is well above the American Cancer Society’s benchmark standard of 30% for cancer charities. While we cannot guarantee a patient will be matched, we will do our best to find an available partner in their area. Cleaning for a Reason is always expanding partnerships and territory covered in an effort to serve a greater number of applicants.
To ensure safety and peace of mind for patients, Cleaning for a Reason requires that all cleaning partners are insured and perform background checks on their employees. Cleaning partners must be willing to support at least two separate patients. Each patient receives two free general house cleanings – that’s one cleaning a month for two months.
To submit a request to be contacted by a member of our team, please visit the Learn More & Join the Cause page under the Cleaning Companies tab.
9. I operate or work for a Cancer Center. Do you provide brochures so that we can promote Cleaning for a Reason?
Yes, we host Volunteer Days of Service that allow volunteers to help a qualified residential cleaner complete more home cleanings than is typically possible in one day. However, due to COVID-19, all Cleaning for a Reason volunteer campaigns are currently on hold. Check back soon for future updates.
Visit the Volunteers page to learn more.
Cleaning for a Reason is a signature ISSA Charity, the charitable arm of ISSA, The Worldwide Cleaning Industry Association. While Cleaning for a Reason is affiliated with ISSA, donations are essential for covering program costs. Please note that donations are only applied to program costs associated with working with patients and cleaning partners and the matchmaking process. Cleaning company partners are not compensated by Cleaning for a Reason.
Your generous donation will help Cleaning for a Reason grow and support additional cancer patients. Visit our Donors page to access our secure online donation platform. You may donate $10, $25, $50, $100, or another amount of your choosing. We also accept donations via check. Please make your check payable to Cleaning for a Reason and send it to our P.O. Box:
P.O. Box 734383
Chicago, IL 60673-4838
Cleaning for a Reason is headquartered in Lewisville, Texas and works with cleaning partners throughout the United States and Canada. If you’re interested in administrative volunteering opportunities, please reach out to us at [email protected].
(Please note all volunteer opportunities are on hold due to COVID-19.)