Written by Jessy Howe
The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system holds a long tradition of giving back to communities in which employees live and work. After Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ first year in business, she donated her profits to 10 different local charities. Today, we continue to donate 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society, the national charity of choice, totaling a donation of more than $450,000 to date. It is this spirit that gives meaning to our motto: “Movers Who Care®.”
Franchises from across the country illustrate the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core value of giving back to the community by donating countless hours, valued at nearly $2.5 million annually, to a variety of charities in addition to our own cause marketing program, Movers for Moms®.
The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location in Akron, Ohio ran their first-ever Movers for Mutts drive, one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s five charitable programs, in which items are collected and delivered to animal shelters to help support foster animals being cared for. By partnering with seven local businesses to serve as drop off locations for food, toys, and other essential pet items, Akron was able to collect 357 items and donate nearly $250 to One of a Kind Pet Rescue, the largest no-kill animal shelter in the county.
“We were blown away by the support of the local businesses. When we mentioned our Movers for Mutts drive many businesses jumped on board and even came up with their own promotional offering to help increase the donation efforts,” said Franchisee Vicki Voth. “The generous out pour of support showed us that this area loves their animals and are thrilled to have the opportunity to help out a local shelter that places thousands of cats and dogs in happy homes every year. We cannot wait to expand this effort in the years to come by adding more events and drop off locations!”
While Vicki and her team worked to support animals, the Gainesville, Fla., franchise focused their efforts on a local toy drive hosted by the Gainesville/Alachua County Association of Realtors (GACAR) for the fifth consecutive year.
A vital role during the GACAR Toy Drive is the pick-up, transportation, and delivery of donated toys to the Children’s Home Society of Florida, Mid-Florida Division. This is where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® steps in.
This year, the toy drive received their largest donation to-date. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gainesville Director of Marketing and Business Development George Baldacchino says it is a blessing to be in a position to help.
“These types of events allow us to live all of our core values,” said Baldacchino. “Something that touched me is when we were delivering the toys, several members of the Children’s Home Society staff teared up and became very emotional. We were able to help those whose entire professional life is designed to help these children in foster care and it meant so much to them.”
Employees throughout our system share the joy that serving their local communities brings and often times say community service opportunities are a rewarding aspect of being in our system.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® North Las Vegas Marketing Coordinator Ashlee Wright shares this feeling after their first year participating in the Diaper Drive hosted by the Las Vegas Diaper Bank, an organization providing diapers and supplies to families in need.
“My favorite thing about working for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the commitment that each employee has to giving back to the community,” she said. “All the charity events that I have been a part of are so life changing.”
The North Las Vegas franchise was able to assist by providing the move services to transport the diapers collected as well as spreading the word and promoting through social media to increase donations.
Like many franchises across the country, North Las Vegas also works closely with Cheeriodicals to deliver “boxes of cheer” to hospitalized children who need a lift in spirits.
“We have partnered with the local office in each market we’ve delivered to children’s hospitals or Ronald McDonald Houses,” said Cheeriodicals President Gary Parisher. “We have now made more than 40 deliveries to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with the local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office leading the delivery.”
It is our goal to serve those in need and make our local communities a better place to live. We strive to continue offering local support in 2016 and look forward to the opportunities ahead of us. When we work as a system of one, what an impact we can make.
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