TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchisees reflect on Movers for Moms® as Mother’s Day approaches

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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. Continue reading

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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Communities across the country come together to support moms in need

Written by Jessy Howe

Each spring, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country work to support moms in need by collecting essential care items be delivered just in time for Mother’s Day. Mothers who have been impacted by domestic violence and homelessness often turn to women’s and family shelters during this time of need for support. The harsh reality is these essential care items such as soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, blankets, and socks are often in short supply to these women and their children.

We believe every mom deserves to feel supported, loved, and special regardless of their circumstance. This national program called Movers for Moms® has swept over 39 states and supports hundreds of shelters each year. In 2015, Movers for Moms® collected more than 230,000 essential care items and the 2016 program is wrapping up, as the goal this year was to collect 300,000 items! These generous gifts are collected through community partnerships with schools, banks, and other local businesses. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® teams then pick up and deliver the items to partnering shelters just before Mother’s Day in hopes of making the day special for moms in our local communities.

With more than 330 franchises participating in Movers for Moms®, communities across the country are being positively impacted by the efforts to support moms in need.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Las Vegas has participated in Movers for Moms® for eight years now and reached their highest collection year to date, delivering more than 7,100 donated items to Safe Nest Shelter. This impressive number is one the veteran participant is proud of as they understand the difference these donations make.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Movers for Moms® donations

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Las Vegas picks up Movers for Moms® donations from community partner, OneTrust Home Loans!

“Domestic violence is on the rise in Las Vegas. It is something that the community sees in the news almost every day,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Las Vegas Marketing Coordinator Ashlee Wright. “Because of this, individuals and businesses in the community were thrilled to be a part of such an awesome campaign.”

Movers for Moms® would have been hard to miss in Cleveland, Ohio as the program spanned across 16 different cities in the area with donation boxes set up in 30 businesses. Between them, 3,000 items were collected and delivered to WomenSafe, the local Ohio shelter who received the goods.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Cleveland prepares to deliver more than 60 boxes of essential items to moms in need!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Cleveland prepares to deliver more than 60 boxes of essential care items to moms in need!

“We were able to help women who are survivors of domestic violence throughout Northeast Ohio and make others in the community aware that help is available for those in need,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Cleveland Marketing and Recruiting Manager Amy Gladieux. “I was overwhelmed with the amount of items each business had collected. It was a great feeling and provides a sense of teamwork throughout the community.”

A common theme throughout cities hosting Movers for Moms® is community. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville Marketing Director Jenni Hargrove has seen this firsthand hosting Movers for Moms®.

“The best part for me is the feeling of a whole community coming together to love these moms and their families,” Hargrove says of running the Movers for Moms® campaign. “So many partners went above and beyond what I was asking. I had salons and fitness centers asking me if they could host Movers for Moms® events, offering a percentage of their product sales to Safe Haven, connecting me to their friends who were business owners and would want to help … it was such an awesome outpouring of support.”

The outpouring of support exceeded Nashville’s initial goal of collecting 2,000 items and resulted in nearly 3,800 donations for moms and their families living at Safe Haven this Mother’s Day.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville jumps for joy with their Movers for Moms® recipient!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville jumps for joy with their Movers for Moms® recipient!

Movers for Moms® is very important to us specifically because Middle Tennessee really lacks the ability to help the homeless FAMILIES in our region,” says Hargrove. “Safe Haven is the only shelter in Middle Tennessee that can accept entire families through its doors.”

Each year, the number of Movers for Moms® participants, community partners, donated goods, and moms being supported in communities across the country continue to grow. We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all those who played a part in making Mother’s Day brighter for women in need. It would not have been possible without your generosity.

To learn more about Movers for Moms®, please visit twomenandatruck.com/movers-for-moms and like us on Facebook to stay updated with current program happenings. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward!

Balancing business and family, how franchisee duo makes it work

Written by Jessy Howe

Windemuller Family

Multi-unit franchisees Joe and Kate Windemuller are veterans in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, having been with the company from nearly the beginning. Joe’s journey began when he accepted a part-time position as a mover in 1991, just three years after the first franchise had been awarded. With his continued dedication to the system and a series of career advancements, he and Kate excitedly took on the opportunity to become franchisees in North Carolina. The pair was a recipient of the Two Million Dollar Club Award at the 2016 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Annual Meeting and recently was honored during the company’s 30th anniversary celebration.

Can you briefly explain your history with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?

Joe: During college, in 1991, I started as a part-time mover for the Holland, Mich., franchise. In 1995, I moved to Columbia, S.C., to help a friend start the franchise there. I started as a driver, then moving up to general manager as the business grew. After 18 years in Columbia, Kate and I heard that the Winston-Salem, N.C., location was for sale and we were ready to take on the challenge of owning our own business. In 2012, we purchased the location and moved with our one-year-old daughter to North Carolina. We then added a second location in 2014 in Mooresville, N.C. We hope to open a third location in the future.

Windemullers with Truckie

What do you most enjoy about being a franchisee with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®?  

Joe and Kate: We enjoy watching our franchises grow alongside other franchises in the system. It also gives us flexibility in life to enjoy our family and be financially sound.

What would you say is the best part of working with your significant other?  

Joe: We both have different skill sets which complement each other. Kate handles the bookkeeping, accounts payable, and marketing, while I handle operations, sales, and training.

Kate: It is great knowing you have someone you can truly trust to help make big key decisions in the business. The executives at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®/International, Inc., and other franchisees have been great examples that working with your spouse is possible, and can also be extremely beneficial.

How do you find balance between your work life and personal life?

Kate: We try to keep work at work, although it’s hard to do so all the time. Joe works full-time and is very involved in all aspects of the business. I work part-time while the kids are in preschool. We make sure to set aside quality time to be with our children, while having enough time to get our work completed.

As successful business owners, what do you hope to teach your children?

Joe and Kate: From a business perspective, we hope to instill a strong work ethic and ability to work well with others. Also, the importance to set goals in life and follow through on tasks to achieve said goals. To never give up and never stop dreaming.

Windemuller Family

With Mother’s Day right around the corner, can you tell us about your local Movers for Moms® efforts?

Joe and Kate: As parents we are honored to help moms in need and can’t think of anyone more deserving. We hope that our efforts will help struggling mothers to get back on their feet again and help care for their children and future.

In Winston Salem, our collection of donations will be given to Family Services. To collect donations we have partnered with several local retirement homes, storage facilities, and our customers. In Mooresville our donations will be given to My Sisters Place in Troutman, N.C., and to Family Guidance in Hickory, N.C. To collect donations we have partnered with a local church and elementary school as drop off sites.

Kate, how do you juggle being a wife, mother, and business owner?

Kate: I’ll be honest, it’s hard to find the perfect balance and some days I juggle life better than other days! My kids, ages two and five, are without a doubt my top priority so I wish I could be with them 24/7, but I also want to be involved in the business. It’s exciting to be a part of the growth that Joe’s achieved with our teams in Winston and Mooresville. We work with some great folks so that helps with the time away from the kids. We are blessed to have a wonderful nanny and involved grandparents that take care of the kids while we are both working or traveling for work. When I am at home I try my best to put the phone and laptop away, while they are awake, and just focus on our family. But when the kids go to sleep, we often have to chat about work or hop online to complete some tasks.

Are there any special plans this Mother’s Day?  

Kate: Hopefully a low key day outside somewhere with Joe and our kids … and dinner out (so I don’t have to cook or clean!)

 

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More than 300 franchises are working to make Mother’s Day special for those in need

Written by Jessy Howe

Did you know 60 percent of homeless women are mothers? We believe all moms should feel loved, regardless of their circumstances, each and every day, but especially on Mother’s Day. Our annual Movers for Moms® program works to support moms impacted by domestic violence and homelessness who may be living in women’s and family shelters. In 2015 more than 230,000 essential care items were collected and delivered to shelters providing joy and support to women in need.

Each spring, more than 300 franchises in 39 states participate and partner with local businesses and organizations to collect essential care items including soap, lotion, toothpaste, and more. Together with our generous donation partners, we hope to collect more than 250,000 items this year!

Right around the time of Mother’s Day, our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® teams will pick up the donated essential care items and deliver them to hundreds of local women’s and family shelters across the country, just in time for Mother’s Day.

“Protecting and supporting domestic violence victims is a community-wide responsibility,” said YWCA West Central Michigan CEO Carla Blinkhorn. “We were deeply touched and heartened by the generous outpouring that the Movers for Moms® campaign brought forth.”

“With the help of our dedicated community partners like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and its Movers for Moms® program, our agency was able to continue our tradition of giving our clients a basket filled with personal care and cleaning supplies,” said Volunteer Coordinator Sherry Martens with the Center for Women in Transition based in Holland, Mich. “Receiving a basket full of products, we think of as staples, is like receiving luxuries to those on a limited budget. Each May Basket gives a sense of renewed hope … a feeling that their community cares for them.”

We’re proud to live out our core value of giving back to the community, not just during the Movers for Moms® program, but year round.

If you would like to learn how you can support moms in need in your local community, or find a donation drop off location, please visit twomenandatruck.com/movers-for-moms and like us on Facebook to stay updated with current program happenings!