Transitioning your little ones: new school, home, and friends

Written by Nicole Harrison

The beginning of a new school year is usually filled with excitement. However, the first day at a new school is a different story, and in some cases, the anticipation and excitement is outweighed by anxiety and nerves. Your child’s feelings on attending a new school may vary based on his or her age – they may feel anger, resentment, excitement, or nervousness. Regardless of how old your kids are, there are a handful of tactics to help them adjust to this change.

Orientation/school tour. This is easily one of the most important steps to do with your kids. Make time to attend new student orientation, or if there isn’t one, schedule a school tour together. Both of you will have the opportunity to learn more about the school, class structure, curriculum, and get any questions answered. Whether going to an orientation or scheduling a tour, you and your kids will become familiar with the new school before their first day. This is also a perfect time to meet the teacher. A few familiar faces and knowing where to go will make the first days much easier for your child. It may seem silly, but we promise, it will make a huge difference and will immediately make them more comfortable during the transition if they can navigate through the hallways, and find their way around with ease. Spend time learning about the new school. Are there any fun facts about the new school? When was it built? How many students go there? What type of electives do they offer? Spend time learning as much as you can about the new school. The more you learn before the first day, the more prepared your kids will be.

TMAT322Stock up on school supplies. To ease your child’s nerves, take them back-to-school shopping to stock up on school supplies they need. Most schools have a list of supplies their students will need for each grade. If the school hasn’t provided a list, contact them and ask for a list of supplies your child will need most.

Explore the playground. Before your kids’ first day, take them up to the playground, spend time playing and making them comfortable with the new set up. Find activities they like such as the swings or monkey bars and spend time playing with them. That way, when they go off to recess they will be familiar with the new playground and will most likely branch out and join other students participating in activities they love!

Prepare for the first day. Before school starts, allow your child a trial run of a school day. Practice walking to the bus stop, walking the route, or driving to school. The evening before the first day of school, run through last minute items. Where is the bus stop? What time does the bus come? What is the bus number? Pack a special lunch for the first day. Spend this time sifting through the remaining items that haven’t been addressed. If your little one seems particularly nervous for his or her first day, consider taking them to school versus riding the bus.

Get involved in your kids’ school. If your children are young, it helps to get involved. Network with other parents, get to know their teacher and classmates on a personal level. If you’re able to, volunteering your time is a great way to make your son or daughter feel more comfortable in a new environment, and they will be able to see a familiar face in class.

Set up play dates. Shortly after your kids start at their new school, set up some play dates with their classmates. This is a great way for them to build relationships with their classmates and to help them make friends at school. There is a fine line between supporting them and putting too much pressure on them, make sure your kids feel supported at all times.

Participate in extracurricular activities. Are there activities in your new community that your child has an interest in? If your son enjoys martial arts, try to find a program he can participate in. If your daughter enjoys swimming, try to find a swim team she can join. Extracurricular activities are an added bonus for you and your kids to become acquainted with the community.

Attending a new school can be stressful for children and parents, hopefully these pointers will aid the transition. We encourage parents to keep their children involved throughout the process, without being too pushy or making them step too far outside their comfort zones.

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Wrapping up Movers for Moms®, 230,000 items collected in 2015!

Movers for Moms® 2015 has officially come to a close!

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we believe every mother deserves to be thought of on Mother’s Day, regardless of her circumstancm4mes. Because of that, we came up with the Movers for Moms® program eight years ago, and it runs as our annual spring program. Our franchises team up with local schools, businesses, and other organizations to collect essential care items for mothers in need who are forced to stay in domestic abuse or homeless shelters around the time of Mother’s Day. Our franchises distribute collection boxes around the community to gather the items, and deliver them to their local shelter partners on or before Mother’s Day weekend.

The Movers for Moms® program continues to grow year after year. It was first created with just 20 Michigan franchises and eight years later, we’re proud to say our franchises have collected more than 600,000 items for moms in need over the years! This year alone, our fantastic franchises collected more than 230,000 items for delivery to local shelters!

Movers for Moms® success is built on the generosity of local communities coming together to support at-risk moms. We want to thank everyone who has generously acted as m4m5a donation drop off location, our customers who so thoughtfully give items to the cause and support their local women’s and homeless shelters, and to our businesses and schools who work so hard to collect items for local moms!

We’re proud to live out our core value of giving back to the community, not just when running our annual Movers for Moms® program, but all year long.

The photos illustrate the impact Movers for Moms® not only has on moms in need, but on the entire community as they come together to support those in need.

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Movers for Moms® 2015: Moving moms forward this Mother’s Day

Written by Nicole Harrison

This is my favorite time of year to work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Exciting things happen from March to May when Movers for Moms® brings individuals across the country together. Movers for Moms® is a program seeking to make life easier for at-risk women who are lead to stay in shelters on Mother’s Day as a result of domestic violence or homelessness.

Each year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country collect donations for women and deliver the items to local women’s and family shelters on or just before Mother’s Day. Each franchise location partners with local shelters, schools, and community organizations to collect items to make Mother’s Day special for moms in need. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations collect donations from mid-March through the weekend of Mother’s Day.Movers for moms

Movers for Moms® is an initiative created by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® eight years ago to provide moms who need it most with a little something to brighten their holiday. Each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location participates in the program — that means more than 250 franchises are working together and supporting hundreds of shelters across the 39 states in which we are present!

Movers for Moms® 2015 is well underway! We have high expectations to make this year the most successful one yet and an overall goal of collecting and delivering more than 250,000 items to moms across the country. If you have any questions about Movers for Moms® or want to get involved, check out the frequently asked questions below.

How can I help?

Thanks for your interest in helping Movers for Moms®! You can help by getting in touch with your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise and dropping off your donations to their office or at the collection site nearest you. You can also help by telling your friends and family about Movers for Moms® and encouraging them to donate!

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Each shelter determines their own wish list and comes up with items they need, however, popular donation items include: soap, hair styling products, shampoo and conditioner, pillows, toothbrushes, blankets, slippers, hygiene products, and other  basic clothing items.

Contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise for a complete list of their collection items. To find the franchise nearest you, visit twomenandatruck.com and put your address in the franchise locator.

Why does TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® celebrate mothers?

We believe every mother deserves a gift and a moment of reverence on Mother’s Day, no matter what their situation is. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has women in key leadership roles across the country — some of the most successful franchisees are mothers. Movers for Moms® is just one way we can show our support to mothers everywhere, despite their current circumstances.

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Last year was a record-breaking year. More than 220,000 items were collected and donated to shelters across the country. With your help, this spring, we hope to surpass last year’s numbers and collect even more donations. Last year, Movers for Moms® partnered with more than 400 collection partner sites such as elementary schools, daycare centers and community collection sites across the U.S.

Help us make this year even bigger! There are numerous women living in shelters that deserve to be celebrated this Mother’s Day!

Follow Movers for Moms® on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with the latest Movers for Moms® news and updates.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® lives Giving Back to the Community core value

Written by Lindsay Dow

Giving back to the community is where our hearts lie. So much in fact, that we not only developed one charitable program to support those in need, we created FIVE. One national program that every franchise in our 38 states run during the spring months, and four optional programs our franchises can run locally during the fall season.

Each of these programs consist of the same concept: give back to a specific group of people in need, in our local communities.

Being the Movers Who Care®, and having access to critical resources such as movers to do the heavy lifting, and trucks to do the hauling, it just makes sense!

Here’s what we do:

Movers for momsMovers for Moms®: Our national program that runs each spring, from March to May. This program gives back to mothers in need! Franchises partner with local businesses, organizations, and schools to collect essential care items for mothers living in homeless or domestic abuse shelters locally. Items collected depend on what the shelters need, however they often range from soaps and shampoos, to child care necessities.

398748_MoversforMeals_FinalMovers for Meals: This food collection effort runs each fall and collects food for local pantries and homeless shelters. It is coordinated the same way as our Movers for Moms® collection. Franchises partner with local businesses, organizations, and schools for a specific period of time, sort, box, and deliver all items to their recipient partner.

PrintMovers for Military: We are proud to give back to our veterans and local military families! This program is run in local markets and franchises partner with schools, businesses, and organizations to collect essential, everyday items Veteran’s need most. This program runs each fall, and donations are delivered to homeless Veteran’s shelters and families in need around the                                                 time of Veteran’s Day.

398748_MoversforMutts_FinalMovers for Mutts: We also care about our furry friends. When franchises run this program each fall, they partner with local pet shops, businesses, and schools to collect items shelters need most to care for homeless animals.

 

PrintTruckload of Warmth: This program is popular among the cold-weather states! This fall program entails collecting warm, new and gently-used clothing for homeless shelters and rescue missions locally. Franchises partner with the community and deliver these items to the recipient shelters just in time for the cold weather to hit.

 

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In 2014, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® was proud to deliver more than 220,000 items to mothers in need across the country through the Movers for Moms effort! The four fall charitable programs collected thousands of items for Veterans, pets, and those in need around the country!

We can’t wait to kick off the Movers for Moms® program in March! If you’re interested in becoming a collection partner, please visit twomenandatruck.com to reach out to the franchise closest to you. Or, email movers4moms@twomen.com.

Check out the Movers for Moms® Facebook page for up to date information on this popular program!

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we are very grateful to everyone who has donated to these programs and have allowed us to help others in need. Contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location to learn how you can help your community.

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National Movers for Moms® campaign recognizes moms on Mother’s Day

Written by Lindsay Dow

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Pasco County, Florida

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is excited to begin collecting items for its seventh annual Movers for Moms® program aimed at collecting and donating items for mothers living in domestic abuse or homeless shelters across the country.

Locations across the country and internationally collect donations locally each year starting mid-March and running until Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11. The purpose of the program is to recognize those moms living in shelters this Mother’s Day by arranging delivery of small gifts for women who are victims of domestic abuse or homelessness. Every mother deserves to be recognized on their special day!

How can you help?

It’s simple! All you have to do is bring your donated items to a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location near you.

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Omaha, Nebraska

Encouraged donations include any/all personal items including:

• nice soaps
• hair styling products
• shampoos and conditioners
• pillows
• blankets
• slippers
• robes

No gift is too small!

To sign up to become a Movers for Moms® recipient or collections partner, please visit twomenandatruck.com/moversformoms. There you’ll find a partnership sign up form where you’ll input all of your contact information. From there your form will be forwarded to the closest franchise to you.

Be sure and check us out on Facebook www.facebook.com/moversformoms and follow us on Twitter @MoversForMoms to keep up with the latest program information!

 

Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama

Movers for Moms® 2013 Results

Written by Claire Schneider

Movers For MomsThe Movers for Moms® program continues to grow year after year, and this year was no exception! We are very excited to announce the goal of 200,000 donated items has been exceeded with more than 205,000 items donated this year! We are so proud of our Movers for Moms® program that started just six years ago with 20 Michigan franchises and has blossomed to what it is today. This year we had more than 115 franchises participate and nearly 430 school partners.

A big thank you goes out to our PR partner, Lambert Edwards and Associates! They worked closely with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises and facilitated the coordination between local schools, shelters and media partners.

Be sure to watch this great video showcasing Movers for Moms® 2013 results!

“Our expectation is that more schools and community partners will seek to join Movers for Moms® in 2014 and beyond!” – LE&A Senior Director Joe DiBenedetto.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this year’s Movers for Moms® program!

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Movers for Moms® Photos

We’d like to say a special thank you to everyone that has helped our Movers for Moms® program by donating items for moms in need. Movers for Moms® is a community-based program seeking to make life easier for less fortunate women forced to stay in shelters on Mother’s Day. With your help we are that much closer to making Mother’s Day special for all moms in need.

Below are some great Movers for Moms® pictures we have received so far from our various TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations. These photos show the abundant support from schools, businesses and communities across the country. Thank you for all your help and donations!

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