Written by Jessy Howe
Giving back to the community holds a special place in our hearts. So much, it is a core value that each and every employee lives out on a daily basis in the communities in which we live and work. Although long before it was formalized as a core value, after our founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ first year in business, she donated her profits to 10 different area charities.
Across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, our franchises also go the extra mile to ensure their communities are thought of. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Charlotte, N.C., marketing coordinator Monika Markley believes if you have the ability to help, you should. The team is heavily involved in the Charlotte community primarily with non-profit projects where they can utilize their strengths — trucks and labor. Recently, they announced they would be offering free moving services to all Habitat for Humanity new homeowners.
“If we can offer these services to the people who are doing good in the community for free, it allows them to focus more dollars and more time on their mission,” says Markley.
Supporting the community is a year-long effort and truly takes the work of the entire team to make it happen. Throughout the spring, the Charlotte location goes above and beyond with their participation in TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s company-wide cause program, Movers for Moms®, collecting essential care items to deliver to women’s and family shelters near Mother’s Day. In 2015 they had roughly 30 collection partners and ended up with 3,000 essential care items to deliver to shelters in their community. Their goal is to exceed these numbers in 2016.
Come October you will find pink boxes filling the franchise. A portion of the sales are donated to a breast cancer support group, the Carolina Breast Friends, to support and increase awareness of Breast Cancer Awareness month. By the time December arrives, the team is keeping busy with the Salvation Army Angel Tree program, an initiative with more than 12,000 children whose families are in need of assistance to provide Christmas gifts during the holiday season.
“With only two small box trucks and enough gifts for 12,000 children, the Salvation Army needed a way to help with the collections,” explained Markley. “We were able to provide trucks during their big weekend push to collect the toys. We were also able to run pick-ups for their corporate partners, picking up a couple hundred bags of toys at a time from companies like Wells Fargo and GM Financial.”
In January 2016, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Charlotte was honored with the Extra Mile Award on behalf of Salvation Army of Greater Charlotte for their work with the Angel Tree program.
“During their volunteer appreciation luncheon, they recognized a few individuals and businesses that have been instrumental for the drive’s success,” said Markley. “It was a total shock for us to be included in this group.”
Prior to this honor, they also received the 2015 Outstanding Philanthropic Small Business Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals, which they were nominated for by Community School of the Arts, a longtime charity partner. The franchise stores extra keyboards, violins, and pianos in their warehouse for the organization and frequently transports the items throughout the year for concerts and events.
“They nominated us in May and we found out in August that we had won! There was a
luncheon in November with over 700 charities and philanthropists in attendance,” said Markley. “To be recognized alongside Bank of America and other big names in the nonprofit world for the work that we do was very humbling.”
While the recognition is certainly appreciated, it is far from the reason the volunteer efforts are done. More often than not, it is done without hesitation. With the flooding that occurred in Columbia, S.C., in October 2015, the team was already prepared to step in and help. They were able to partner with a local radio station to collect bottled water for those who were affected. Markley remembers there being so much water, the truck wouldn’t move due to the weight. They ended up sending three trucks in total to Columbia to deliver the bottles of water.
“It just feels good knowing you helped someone,” said Markley.
Time and time again, we feel blessed to have a strong franchise system and the team members who genuinely care for their communities and pour their hearts into supporting them.
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