–Written by Erik Sargent
Being a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisee is more than just building a successful moving franchise in cities across the globe – it’s about giving back to the communities they operate in, and making a difference for the people who live in these areas.
Founder Mary Ellen Sheets set this tone from day one with the company, and it’s a sentiment that is still carried out today. Of the many ways TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and our franchisees give back each year, perhaps none is bigger than our Movers for Moms® campaign.
Now in its 12th year of operation, Movers for Moms was designed to collect essential care items for mothers who are staying in local domestic abuse or homeless shelters. The items that are collected for this drive are delivered to designated women’s shelters on or around Mother’s Day in an attempt to make this day a little better for those who deserve it most.
“I think the tie to Mother’s Day resonates within our brand – a brand that was founded by a mother and her children,” said Multi-unit Franchisee Brooke Wilson, who owns locations in the states of Georgia and North Carolina. “The message of compassion and support for community mothers in needs creates empathy and trust in the brand, especially in an industry with the stereo type of masculinity.”
Every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise location runs Movers for Moms, and each partners with a women’s organization in their community to make it all happen during the spring months leading up to Mother’s Day.
“Our team knows how important it is every year,” said Eric St. Pierre, the franchisee for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs, Colo. location. “I think the campaign sells itself because let’s face it, mothers are pretty important to most people. We have built a culture here at our location of being active in the community, and this helps to drive home that idea.”
Last year, Movers for Moms was operating at a record pace, with over 295,000 items collected by our franchises that were eventually donated to these women’s shelters. The program has grown each and every year and with more and more people becoming aware of the cause, we are continuing to expand our reach.
It’s an important time, not only to give back to the communities where they have opened a business, but to appreciate the hard work and impact of women in the world.
“You can never do enough to show an equal appreciation for moms and all they have done and are continuing to do for their families,” said Franchisee Clint Bergman, who owns two locations in the state of Missouri. “However, showing appreciation and giving back is a great starting point, and it goes a long way for so many.”
For our franchisees who are mothers themselves, it’s always an extra-special way of giving back, and one they get excited about for their locations.
“This is one of my favorite ways we give back to the community,” said Franchisee Holly Stewart, who owns multiple locations in the state of Georgia. “I have never been in the position that these women are in, but I’m a single mother and rely on a team of people to help me on a regular basis. I’m happy to be a small part of these women’s tribe. I personally feel socially obligated to share my blessings with those in need, and this is such a great cause that directly helps our community.”
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