Written by Erik Sargent
Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, giving back to the community is something we take seriously, and is practiced intently from top to bottom, company-wide each and every day. The Core Values are a way of life, and we are always looking for ways to help out and keep moving people forward.
Often times it’s with our moving services, but each franchise around the country makes it a point to do charitable work in their communities, striving to make a difference and impact on the lives of those around them.
One great example is the annual Movers for Moms® program that runs each spring and culminates on Mother’s Day. Each franchise location in the country collects essential care items for local mothers in need, and delivers them to domestic abuse and homeless shelters so the moms feel extra special on a day that might otherwise have been forgotten. This year, we were proud to have collected more than 280,000 items!
Additionally, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system donates 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society and has given more than $520,000 to the cause.
This fall, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was involved in numerous charitable organizations and events, and below are some of the standout moments.
Baton Rouge Flood Assistance
On August 12, disaster hit in the state of Louisiana. A broken levee caused a massive flood that took the lives of 11 people and destroyed thousands of homes.
On August 19, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Panama City team sprang into action and collected donations for the flood victims in Baton Rouge. Movers, managers, and staff members, along with Franchisee Sean Wise, helped the community load a truck with items the Baton Rouge community were in need of most. Working with local radio, TV stations, newspapers, and businesses, they were able to collect 15,000 pounds of donations in one day.
With three truckloads of supplies, they were on their way to help distribute the items across the affected areas.
“With us being a small community and having a former manager who now owns and operates the franchise in Baton Rouge, we felt it was imperative to give back to that community, donate the truck, and volunteer the guys,” Wise said. “It’s part of our company core values, and it’s who we are as a franchise.”
Movers for Military in Pasadena
Supporting the men and women who have sacrificed and served our country is crucial, and each fall, these thanks are heard around the country. Being homeless or living is crisis is not something we picture with these heroes, but unfortunately, it is a very common occurrence.
The homeless rate for veterans is between 131,000 and 200,000 nationally, according to the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans. To help out these vets and show our thanks, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pasadena recently wrapped up their Movers for Military drive to help show support and appreciation for those who have served.
Partnering with YMCA, Embassy Suites of Arcadia, and the Wonder Dog Ranch of Monrovia, they were able to collect essential and comfort items – more than 1,825 donations in all – and deliver them to New Directions for Veterans. New Directions for Veterans was founded to empower men and women who served in the military, and their families, to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
“I love being part of a company that has such a heart for charity and giving back! This time of year, it’s important to be reminded of everything you are thankful for, and how you can impact those who are less fortunate around you,” said Stefanie Shook, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Pasadena marketing manager. “By just a simple donation of some basic necessity items, we were able to make a huge difference in these homeless veterans’ lives!”
Sleeping Out In Detroit and Long Island
All across the country, youth homelessness is an issue, and with the winter cold months coming up, it’s important to help raise awareness and money to help end this tragic occurrence.
Partnering with Covenant House, several TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises around the system, including Wayne County and New York City, participated in the Covenant House Executive Sleep Out event, which is held to raise awareness for youth homelessness. Executives sleep in boxes in the cities at night, listen to the stories of kids in need, and hold a candlelight vigil. All while raising money for the organization that supports homeless youth.
In Detroit, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Wayne County General Manager Ashley Allen helped organize the company’s involvement.
“We donated all the boxes to shelter the sleepers for the night and also donated a truck for three days to assist with storing all items and gear for the event,” said Allen.
This was the third year Wayne County has been involved in the Sleep Out event, and they have raised more than $350,000 through their work. Numerous youth were invited to come speak, pray, and give thanks at the event.
In New York City, General Manager Gerald Jones organized his location’s involvement, and they too, donated boxes and a truck to the event hosted in Long Island. Jones and Operations Manager Tim Dumpson, slept out at the event along with various other executives, and even New York Yankees General Manager Brian Cashman.
There are many, many more great examples of franchises donating their time, resources, and manpower to their communities. Stay tuned for additional stories highlighting their positive work!
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