Tis’ the season to give back and give thanks

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

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Baton Rouge Flood Relief

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

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Movers for Military

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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Honoring our Veterans

Written by Jessy Herman

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, an estimated 39,471 veterans are homeless on any given night. In addition, 1.4 million of our veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to a variety of factors such as poverty, overcrowding housing, and a lack of support networks.

To hear those who have sacrificed so much fighting for our country’s freedom are struggling with these hardships, it begs the question how can we help? It is our belief the brave service men and women who have selflessly served us should never be without basic needs including shelter, food, and most importantly a support system.

As the Movers Who Care®, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® developed the Movers for Military program in an effort to aid veterans in need across the country. Across the country, locations team up with local businesses and schools to collect essential care items and deliver them to veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day.

Our system is very fortunate to have several franchisees with a military background. These men and women are proven leaders who align with our core values and bring an unmatched work ethic.

One of these Franchisees being Joey Hale who was awarded Franchisee of the Year by the International Franchise Association in 2015, a top honor among franchisees throughout the country.

“Prior to joining TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, I served as an intelligence officer for the United States Air Force,” said Hale. “I enlisted while in college. My dad flew in the Air Force, and I had tunnel vision to follow in his footsteps.”

Veterans Day

We are proud to have received several recognitions celebrating our commitment to actively recruiting and supporting veterans. This year we have been ranked 10th on the Military Times’ 2017 Best for Vets Franchise Opportunities, jumping 10 spots on the list from our 2016 ranking.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has also earned a place on the Franchise Business Review Top Franchises for Veterans list in 2012, 2014, 2015, and 2016.

Despite the many efforts to assist veterans across the country, we know there is still a great deal of work to be done to provide hope for our country’s heroes. In an effort to raise awareness of veterans in need and honor  active military and veterans this Veterans Day we are changing our website colors to reflect the colors of the land of the free and home of the brave.

 

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Working together to move our communities forward

Written by Jessy Herman

The leaves are beginning to change, the weather is cooling, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country are rolling out fall cause campaigns in effort to give back to the local communities in which we live, work, and play.

Since our humble beginnings, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has prided itself on giving back to the community. More than 30 years ago, our Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated the first $1,000 she made to ten different local charities. This core value is one we have carried with us and embrace to the fullest each and every day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has created four programs for our more than 340 locations to host in their communities.

Movers for Military

Veteran’s Day is a time to honor the brave service men and women who have proudly
served our country. Sadly, many of our veterans find themselves going through hardships and rely on the support of local shelters. Movers for Military works to provide critical assistance for veterans in need by the collection of essential care items. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations team up with local community businesses, schools, and shelters to collect items to be delivered to shelters during the week of Veteran’s Day.

Movers for Mutts

In an effort to keep strays and foster animals cared for until they find their forever home, Movers for Mutts was established and has been hosted all across the country. The program aims to collect food, toys, and other items these pets may need to make life in a shelter more comfortable.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Nashville supports Movers for Mutts

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville works to support Movers for Mutts!

Movers for Meals

Families facing hunger crises in our local communities are far more common than many might think. This is where Movers for Meals helps. To aide those struggling to put food on the table, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises host the Movers for Meals food drive during the fall months concluding just before Thanksgiving. Non-perishable food items which are collected with the help of local organizations, business partners, and schools, are donated to food pantries and shelters.

Truckload of Warmth

One of the newest programs over the past few years, Truckload of Warmth is dedicated to collecting new or gently used warm weather wear including coats, boots, hats, gloves, and anything else needed to stay warm during the harsh winter months.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Birmingham delivered more than 15 boxes of warm weather items in 2015 for Truckload of Warmth!

As a system, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities we are privileged to serve and feel thankful to be in a position to help. If you would like to learn more about our charitable efforts, or wish to get involved with a program mentioned above, please visit our community service page.

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Supporting veterans through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military program

Written by Jessy Howe

Alonso High School

Alonso High School in Tampa, Fla., with the essential care items collected for veterans in need during TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military program.

 

An estimated 49,933 veterans are homeless on any given night and the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates an additional 1.4 million veterans are considered at risk of homelessness due to poverty, lack of support networks, and dismal living conditions.

After hearing this heartbreaking number, the question that comes to mind is how do we help? How do you lift those who’ve sacrificed so much, and fought for our freedom, back up to their feet? These courageous men and women who have proudly served our country should never be without shelter, food, and support.

As the “Movers Who Care®,” TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aims to provide critical assistance to local veterans in crisis with a program called Movers for Military. With local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations partnering with schools and local businesses to collect essential items, we are able to deliver essential items to veterans living in shelters during Veterans Day.

Marisa Elias, sales and marketing manager at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® San Diego, worked to coordinate the program locally for their fourth year of participation. Each year, the program continues to grow with new partners coming on board, resulting in even more donated items for local homeless veterans. With the help of her marketing and sales intern James Kearns, the two involved 23 community partners including schools and businesses to host collection sites.

“It is estimated that up to 40% of San Diego’s homeless population are veterans. Movers for Military draws much-needed attention to our homeless right here in San Diego,” said Elias. “With a particularly strong military presence here, we’re eager to do our part to help. These men and women have a tough life and our Movers for Military drive works to make it a little easier by providing them with essential, everyday items including clothing and toiletries.”

San Diego Movers for Military delivery to VVSD

The San Diego team prepares to deliver items collected to the Veterans Village of San Diego for the fourth consecutive year.

The San Diego team is ecstatic to have collected 1,718 items for veterans in need which are delivered to the Veterans Village of San Diego (VVSD), a partnership that began four years ago.

“VVSD really does fantastic work, not only housing homeless veterans but also providing them with a range of services including employment, housing, and medical referrals,” Elias said. “Mental health counseling is available every night and AA and NA meetings are held every morning. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is more than happy to help such a wonderful cause.”

Similar to San Diego, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Tampa, Fla., ran the Movers for Military program for the fourth consecutive year.

“Living our core values is very important and we want to show our support for homeless veterans and their families who all deserve care for defending our freedom every day,” said regional sales and marketing coordinator Eugenia Parlow, who focused her efforts to coordinate the program in Tampa.

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Eugenia Parlow with Movers for Military community partner, Armwood High School.

2015 marked their second annual golf outing held at The Ridge Golf Course, a community partner involved with Movers for Military. The event brings the community together with 51 business and individual sponsors and a number of volunteers to assist in set up, registration, selling fifty-fifty tickets, working the refreshment cart, and the many other duties it takes in hosting the tournament. The golf outing brought in $7,600 which went toward buying essential items on the charity’s wish lists.

With the support of 34 community partners and the success of the golf tournament, the Tampa franchise was able to collect a grand total of 13,216 items to be donated.

Vietnam Veterans Delivery

Essential care items being delivered to Vietnam Veterans of Tampa.

“Vietnam Veterans of Tampa and Saint Vincent DePaul Veteran Services appreciate our help and support as these items go a long way in helping them get items to our homeless veterans that are living in camps,” Parlow said.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities it is privileged to serve. Through the Movers for Military program, we hope to provide critical support to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedom. To learn more or to get involved, please visit our community service page.