TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises use annual fall campaigns to give back in their communities

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was built around the idea of giving – giving back to our customers, giving back to our employees, and most importantly giving back to the community.

This was a mindset instilled by Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and is something that has stuck with the company from day one. While our brand has grown significantly since that time, the commitment to giving back has not, and this was the inspiration for us to start our own group of giving campaigns associated with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Four of these programs – Movers for Military®, Movers for Mutts®, Movers for Meals®, and Truckload of Warmth® – all take place during the fall season as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises partner with local organizations and business to run their campaigns and make a difference in the community.

The collection totals for 2019 included:

Movers for Military: 40,271 items collected

Movers for Mutts: 23,000 items collected

Truckload of Warmth: 10,943 items collected

Movers for Meals: 8,537 lbs. of donations collected

We always like to highlight some of the work done by our franchise locations after the year wraps up, so take a look below at some highlights from 2019!

Rosemary Hastings – Director of Marketing and Sales – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Charlotte, N.C.

Campaign: Movers for Mutts

“2019 was our first year running Movers for Mutts, and we felt like it was a pretty successful initial launch! We had three different events, 13 collection box hosts, and we were able to collect $200 in monetary donations and a pallet full of donations for their foster cats and dogs. We were even able to adopt out five dogs at our events!”

Partners: Halfway There Rescue

“I think it’s important to participate in these fall cause marketing programs because not only is it excellent brand exposure and to show the public that we truly do care, but it’s great on an employee and personal level and self-fulfillment to know you are making a difference.”

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Laura Gazarian – Marketing Coordinator – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Portland, Ore.

Campaign: Movers for Mutts

“We felt the campaign went very well. The intent was to collect donations of the items on their wish lists, which we did. We would have liked to collect more and have a proposed strategy to do so next fall. However, the real success was the response from the community for both the animals and for us a brand.”

Partners: Oregon Friends Of Shelter, The World’s First Dog Taphouse, and Pure Mutts Animal Rescue.

“These campaigns allow the community to see us outside of our box. They see that we are more than movers, more than just a business out to make money, and that we are also supportive of the fabric of our community. We move where we live, we live where we move. It feels good, and it brings awareness that we have the capacity to make a different in the lives of others.

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Rachel Chasteen – Multi-Unit Marketing Manager – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Charlottesville, Va.

Campaign: Truckload of Warmth

“We feel the campaign was very successful for it being our first year. Our community is very generous and seems to enjoy the opportunity to help those in need. We collected more items than expected, and we were able to supply our shelter partner with plenty of warm clothing and blankets just before Christmas.

Partners: Multiple locally owned business in Charlottesville

“I think it’s important for us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to grow our franchise’s roots in the community and get involved. Giving back to the community where you serve is one way to do that.”

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Ashley Hamblin – Marketing Director – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Scottsdale, Ariz.

Campaign: Movers for Military

“For the past three years, we’ve ran Movers for Military and work closely with the Military Assistance Mission. We love attending and contributing to their ‘Operation Holiday’ event located in Phoenix. From September through November, we collect toys from our collection partners through the valley and deliver them to the MAM facility before the big event.”

Partners: Military Assistance Mission

“You leave the drop off day with the fullest heart knowing that so many children will have a Merry Christmas. We can’t wait to work with the Military Assistance Mission again – please check them out to see how you can contribute to their annual events!

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We have a Dapper Dad in the building – CEO Jeff Wesley!

Written by Jessy Howe

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley is participating in the 7th annual Dapper Dads Challenge and Fashion Show hosted by the Sparrow Foundation’s Women Working CEO Jeff WesleyWonders (W3). He is among the roster of Michigan business and community leaders competing to support women’s health through the fundraiser.

These dads campaign to receive $5 votes that benefit W3 who strive to support the physical and psychological health of women throughout mid-Michigan. In addition to taking part in a runway fashion show in downtown Lansing, Mich., the top 13 contestants are featured in the Dapper Dads calendar.

Previous TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Dapper Dads include Executive Chairman Brig Sorber and President Randy Shacka, who claimed 13th place in 2015.

“Randy is pretty dapper, and so was Brig!” said Wesley. “It would be great to stay in the top 13 but at the end of the day, I hope Dapper Dads raises more money for a good cause. If that happens and I can contribute, that is a good day.”

The opportunity to give back to the community and help those in need is a core value TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® holds near to our hearts.

“I am most excited to help Sparrow. As a hospital it is so important to so many people to continue to expand in scope and capabilities. Many people, families, and this community depend on the support. Dapper Dads allows me the chance to give back on behalf of myself and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®,” said Wesley. “Plus it may be a little fun!”

Having admitted to never being in a runway show before, he joked it never quite made it on his bucket list but is sure it will be an unforgettable experience.

Jeff’s not the only one making playful jokes, his two daughters, Erin and Emily, are getting in on the fun, too! They have been sharing first-hand why they think he is a Dapper Dad with reasons ranging from his great taste in wine to playing in the snow. The girls have also shared heartwarming stories such as how he always puts his family first, has taught them how to cook, and that he has a good heart.

CEO Jeff Wesley with his daughters
“I love my daughters, they are two of the biggest blessings I have in my life. To walk, laugh, cry, and celebrate life’s journey with them is one of the things that I have to celebrate and thank God for every day,” said Wesley. “I am so blessed for who they are. I will take every minute of goodness I can get with them.”

CEO Jeff Wesley family photo

You can support Jeff in the Dapper Dads Challenge by voting for him until Wednesday, June 8! Attend the fashion show to watch him work the runway at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 9 at Kositcheck’s in downtown Lansing, Mich.

To learn more about the Dapper Dads fundraiser, please visit the Sparrow Foundation.

Cherishing moments with your children this Father’s Day

Written by Mike Bowers, Sales Development Specialist

My father was raised on a potato farm in Croswell, Michigan. He was a model student who won cross-country championships, and went on to the Marine Corps at the age of 18 where he continued to excel and receive accolades. He was always busy and worked 60-hour weeks as an automation electrician at a metal stamping plant, working side jobs and at one point also taking Father's Daynight classes to obtain more certifications for his job. The majority of our family photos include my father in the background still dressed in his dark navy work uniform. I can still smell the bearing grease and hydraulic fluid his boots emitted if I close my eyes and concentrate hard enough.

I spent a good portion of my childhood playing in sports tournaments and school events and I was often disappointed as I looked into the audience to see if my dad was there to watch. I frequently participated in dinner table discussions about how I need to apply myself more and always give my best attempt at everything I do. If there was room for improvement, the Sergeant oozed out of my father and squeezed out every ounce of effort I had. Like most young adults, I always thought I had it worse off than most kids. I used to say to myself, “What could he possibly know about being a teenager in the 90s?” and “When I have kids …!”

Fast forward to today. I am an adult with two children and wrapped up in “life”. I came to the realization that my dad’s seven-day work weeks paid for my karate lessons and moved us out of a declining Father's Day 2neighborhood and into a blue-ribbon school district. The long hours he devoted to his job (he still works at the same plant seven days a week!) has shown me how to endure sacrifice. I hear all of the parental guidance and speeches of tough-love echo through my head as I find myself sputtering the exact same advice to my children – verbatim! There we have it … I have become my FATHER — it must be hardwired into my DNA. I have been told that I walk like him and I have the same mannerisms. Ironically, I have transformed into the parent I insisted I would never resemble.

It was Father’s Day 2012, I went to visit my dad and found him in the garage tinkering with his generator. Out of nowhere he said words that I never expected to hear from him. Tears welled up in his eyes and he said, “Michael, I have worked my entire life away and I missed all of you kids growing up.” We stood in silence for a few seconds and I assured him he has done an incredible job. As I have admitted many times before, he molded me into the man I am today and I could not thank him enough! Is it possible to be a great father and still feel like you failed? I could only be so lucky to have the positive impact on my children as he did on me.

Father's Day 5The words, “Cherish Every Moment” are now tattooed on my shoulder to remind me that we only go around this life once. As an adult, it is very easy to get lost in work and other responsibilities, unfortunately taking away precious time of watching your children growing up. Live without regrets and be thankful for all you are given. Once you are done reading this, call your dad or your child and take the time to tell them how much you appreciate them! I could not be happier to be just like my hero, my role model, my FATHER.

I wish all the fathers out there a Happy Father’s Day!