-Written by Erik Sargent
Here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, giving back to the community is a staple of who we are as a company. Ever since its founding, finding ways to make an impact on local communities has been a main point of focus, and this belief is carried over to every person who joins the team.
We give back in a number of ways, but our favorite are the campaigns we’ve created from the ground up. One of our biggest seasons is the fall, where some of our best charity work takes place, and helps to get people in need set up for the winter months.
We have our own TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® fall programs we call Movers for Meals, Movers for Military, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth. Franchises around the country run the program of their choice, each positively affecting specific groups or causes. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises running Movers for Meals collect nonperishable food items for local food pantries or homeless shelters. Items collected for Movers for Military include personal care items and gently used clothes for local veterans or homeless shelters. Movers for Mutts focuses on collecting food, treats, and toys for humane societies or animal shelters. Truckload of Warmth aims to put provide those in need with essential warm clothing for the winter months.
We experienced another successful year in 2016; here are a few highlights of how we’re able to move people forward once again.
Movers for Mutts
For many households across the globe, pets are important members of a family, and they hold a special place in the hearts of people everywhere. Unfortunately for some pets, they are without a home or proper care, and are forced to live in shelters.
“We have partnered with and sponsored the Humane Society multiple times this year, and dedicating or fall program to them not only solidified our relationship with them, but opened the door to more cause marketing opportunities for 2017,” said Panama City marketing intern Savannah Hasty.
At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we take the time to collect items shelters need most to help pets in need, partnering with local businesses, schools, and organizations across the country to collect items shelters need most.
In 2016, we were able to collect a grand total of 12,946 items through the Movers for Mutts campaign, totaling 1,000 lbs., and $2,000 in total collections.
Movers for Military
Without the men and women who serve this country, we would not be able to enjoy the many great freedoms we experience each day and often take for granted. Unfortunately, many of these men and women return from their service and struggle, often dealing with homelessness.
“Seeing how thankful everyone at the shelter was when all of the items were being dropped off was truly a great feeling,” said Dayton marketing intern Justin Greear.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® teams up with local partners such as businesses and other organizations each fall to collect essential items such as towels, bedding, clothing, toiletries, and other care items to help out veterans in need.
With the 2016 Movers for Military campaign, we were able to collect 5,125 items, totaling $250.
Movers for Meals
The hunger crisis in the country is an ongoing issue, and more and more people find themselves in situations where they aren’t sure how they’ll get their next meal.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® acts upon this each fall, just before Thanksgiving, partnering with various schools, businesses, food pantries, and local shelters to collect non-perishable food items, hoping to put more food on the table for those in need.
In 2016, franchises collected 2,637 pounds of non-perishable food items for the Movers for Meals program.
Truckload of Warmth
Each year as the cold winter months approach, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® makes an effort to provide more people in tough situations with the appropriate clothing to stay warm during the cold, winter months.
“The Self-Help Closet and the Pantry is a wonderful organization,” said Des Plaines marketing coordinator Lauren Trost. “It is so neat to see local businesses and organizations get so passionate about helping keep local families warm this winter.”
Partnering with local organizations, businesses, and schools, we aim to collect anything that could help someone stay warm, including coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and much more. We donate these items to local shelters who help distribute them to those who need it most.
For 2016, franchises collected 13,736 items to help those in their local communities stay warm this winter.
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