-Written by Erik Sargent
Although we’re mainly known for providing excellent moving and packing services to customers across the U.S., and even internationally, a major focus for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand each year is giving back to the communities we live and work in.
We’ve lived up to our motto – “Movers Who Care®” –for more than 30 years as we’ve worked to make a difference and an impact in the lives of those who need help the most. Our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, made this a priority from day one, and ever since, we have gone on to start our own campaigns while also assisting other national organizations in their journey to make the world a better place.
A majority of these campaigns for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK take place during the fall months with our Movers for Military, Movers for meals, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth programs. These are ran across our 350 plus franchise locations, where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK teams partner with local businesses, shelters, schools, nonprofits, and volunteer groups to assist them in initiatives they are running.
Each year, we like to highlight the outstanding work members of our franchises did with a fall campaign wrap up. Here’s Part 2 of our series featuring our Truckload of Warmth and Movers for Mutts programs. Be sure to check out Part 1, here.
Truckload of Warmth
Kara Berhow, marketing director/recruiter for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Des Moines, IA
Who did you work with?
“We worked with a local non-profit who runs the “Winter Warmth Drive”. They help to enlist students to organize and hold donation events within area schools. This year, there were more than 25 area schools that participated in collecting warm clothing. In addition, we partnered with Chick-Fil-A restaurants to host a “Fill the Truck” event that lasted two days.
How do you feel the event went overall?
“This campaign was incredibly successful, and it’s a joy to watch it grow each year. Of course, the need also grows with it, so we are thrilled to help as many of those in need that we can. Our teams are always thrilled to help with dropping off boxes, picking up donations, manning the “Fill the Truck” events, and ultimately delivering donations. The ability to give back is something we celebrate here, and it is a blessing to work for a company that puts so much emphasis on philanthropy.”
Alysha Tompkins, move consultant for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Folsom, Roseville, Sacramento, and Vacaville, CA
Why did you decide to run Truckload of Warmth?
“With how cold it gets in Sacramento and the unfortunate rise in homelessness, we felt it was important to help in any way we could, and Truckload of Warmth was the perfect way to ensure that our local shelter got the much needed items to provide for those people.”
How did the campaign go overall?
“For the first time ever running it, it went extremely well, as we were able to gather well over 5,000 items for those in need, and the community response was heartwarming. People were even donating after the official wrap up of the event.”
Movers for Mutts
Kayla Emond, marketing coordinator and customer service representative for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Portland, ME
Why Movers for Mutts?
“We decided to run Movers for Mutts as our campaign because not only do we love puppies, but there was a huge influx of dogs brought to Maine this fall. The dogs were sent here for a few reasons, one being that our shelter partner, Animal Refuge League, has success rate of 99 percent placing animals for adoption, and another reason being the terrible hurricanes in Texas and other regions. The need was there, and we thought it was important to do what we could to help ease this transition for the animals and the shelter.”
Why do you think the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK fall campaigns are so important?
“I think it’s important for us to participate in these programs because it helps build a sense of community. It shows our neighbors that we really are the “Movers Who Care”, and that we want our friends, our families, our veterans, and even our animals to know they have someone looking out for them and there is someone they can count on.”
Rachel Dickerson, customer service representative for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs, CO
Why did you choose Movers for Mutts?
“We have not done Movers for Mutts before. Colorado Springs is a very pet-friendly state, so we wanted to get on that campaign to see what we could deliver and see how successful it could be.”
How would you judge the success of your campaign?
“I feel it went great, although there is always room for improvement. The responses we received were amazing! A lot of people came together to make donations happen, and a lot of our partners reached out to their own customers to get more involvement.”
Patti Pula, sales team lead for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw, MI
Who did you work with to run Movers for Mutts?
“We collaborated with Tractor Supply for our event. Our franchisee, Ashley Anderson, talked with the manager at our local Tractor Supply and he was more than happy to work with us. They placed a shopping cart at the checkout with 75 percent off all items in the cart, and people were asked if they wanted to purchase an item to donate. Our donations went to the Humane Society of Bay County and the Salvation Army Pet Pantry.”
How would you judge the success of the program?
“I think the campaign went extremely well considering this was our first year doing the campaign this way and not having a bunch of drop off sites. We took donations if people wanted to drop them off at our offices, but we planned the event to coincide with Tractor Supply’s vaccination day, which brings in extra customers every Sunday.”
Kirk Fishel, marketing coordinator for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Appleton, Green Bay, and Oshkosh, WI
Why Movers for Mutts?
“We have many rescue organizations in our area that rely 100 percent on community support. If they do not receive support from the community, they must use their personal funds to help neglected, abused, and homeless animals. We felt this was an opportunity to help these animals and organizations by coordinating a Movers for Mutts campaign.”
Who did you work with during this process?
“We worked with the Unforgettable Underdog Rescue and the Neenah Animal Shelter. We contacted them and asked if they would like to be a beneficiary. They were ecstatic, and we collaborated with one another to promote the campaign in the community through public relations.”
Jessica Chapman, marketing specialist for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Akron, OH
Why Movers for Mutts?
“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Akron has been running the Movers for Mutts program for the last three years in the fall. We partner with local businesses to collect items for One of a Kind Pet Rescue. We love working with them because they are the largest no-kill animal shelter in Summit County.”
How did you run the event?
“We kick off our month-long donation drive every year with a cardboard boat race the Sunday after Labor Day at Portage Lakes. Local businesses sponsor, build, and race their own boats made out of cardboard for a chance to win a puppy play date! This is a very unique and entertaining event.”
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