TWO MEN AND A TRUCK steps in to provide prom dresses for California high school students affected by wildfires

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-Written by Erik Sargent

“Honestly, it looks like Armageddon,” Brian Rice, chairman of the California Fire Foundation said on Friday to NBC News in an interview. “There’s a part of me that wonders if this city will come back. It is that devastating.”

Those were the words to sum up what happened to the town of Paradise, Cali., after the well-documented wildfires of 2018 ravaged the state of California.

The damage was substantial to the town of 26,682 people. Completely wiped out by the damage to the fire, 31 lives were lost throughout and thousands and thousands of acres of land were lost in the blaze. It’s an incredibly unfortunate situation, and one that left a community reeling.

Pinpointing just one area that was affected is nearly impossible, as Paradise residents’ lives were altered dramatically as they recovered from this. Rebuilding starts one step at a time, and for one TWO MEN AND A TRUCK marketing intern, she felt it was time to make a difference.

Stepping up to make a difference

Paradise2.PNG“Basically, we had the fires in Paradise. We’re in Chico, and a lot of the residents that lost their homes here kind of flooded to the city,” said Addison Bedford, marketing intern at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Redding and Chico, California. “Same with all of the high schoolers who were there. Everyone that was at Paradise High School is now at a location in Chico.”

Bedford – who is currently a student at Chico State University – had seen first-hand the wildfire damage in her own community, and also how affected the people from Paradise were. She felt to the need to help, and offered up one of her own skillsets to make life a little easier – particularly for the high school students.

“Personally, I offered to do photography, free senior portraits, for the students,” Bedford said. “A lady reached out to me and asked if I would help do photography for their prom, and I said I could do more. I told her I could help plan it because I’m an event management major at Chico State right now. I asked if TWO MEN AND A TRUCK could be involved as well, because we had just wrapped up our Movers for Military campaign.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK began collecting prom dresses for the Paradise High prom and storing them at their locations, while also offering to transport them to the girls on prom day. They will also reach out to local businesses like Men’s Warehouse to offer discounts on tux rentals.

Bedford contacted a local Keller Williams real estate agent – Ellen Fields – who was also looking for ways to get involved and use her company’s resources.

“Ellen, and Keller Williams are amazing,” Bedford said. “They’re setting up a collection drive and they’re in charge of all of the budgeting and fundraising for it. We just wanted to help them any way we could.”

Paradise3Through the power of social media, Bedford has been able to spread the word of what she is doing for the Paradise High students and their prom, and the response has been overwhelming. On the first day she posted about it on a Facebook page through her college, she said 40 people reached out offering to donate.

It’s another way that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is working to make a difference in the communities we serve, and Bedford is happy to get the company involved.

“It’s crazy because people coming into our office and we have a little setup spot for people to donate, and people will tell me they have a dress they want to bring in or say their daughter has something they can bring in,” Bedford said. “They ask if we’ll take jewelry or shoes, as well. People are so eager to donate.”

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations continue their mission of giving back year-round

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Written by Erik Sargent

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is focused on giving back in any and every way possible, and that doesn’t stop with our moving services.

As our company has evolved over the years, so have the ways we’ve been able to deliver to our communities and make an impact as our teams and resources grow. This is especially true with our charitable efforts, which took a big step when we developed four of our own charitable programs during the fall months.

These four programsMovers for Meals®, Movers for Mutts, Movers for Military®, and Truckload of Warmth ­– have become a staple at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises all across the country, with each having the ability to choose the one that fits their franchise the best. Fall 2018 was another big year in giving back through these four programs, and the team members at our franchise locations were more than happy to help out in their communities!

“This year was our first annual Movers for Mutts campaign, and we feel that it went really well,” said Stephanie Mills, marketing and communications director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Huntsville, Ala., location. “We worked with pet food and supplies stores, storage units, apartment complexes, skate parks, hardware stores, banks, juice bars, veterinarians, local hospital departments, and more. Many of the businesses we worked with were already established contacts of our beneficiary or our company who were more than happy to be a drop off location for Movers for Mutts.”

movers for mutts donationsWorking with such a large number of collection partners, Mills and the Huntsville location were able to help spread the word of Movers for Mutts throughout the area, and it showed in the amount of items they collected.

“We feel it went extremely well overall,” Mills said. “It got the word out in our community about animals who don’t have homes yet. We had a large number of people wanting to be involved in the campaign, whether that meant getting the word out via social media, being a collection site, or donating. Just this year alone, we were able to collect more than 1,300 items for the local animal rescue center, A New Leash On Life. It was a huge success in our books.”

For our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Southeast locations, they chose to run Movers for Military this fall, as they felt it was important to give back to the veterans in their community and show appreciation for all of the hard work done by the brave men and women in our military.

With a number of employees having their own military background, it was a natural fit for their teams.

“It was a good fit because we employ veterans at each of our locations,” said Charlene Bush, marketing manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Ann Arbor, Brighton, Brownstown, and Oakland Southwest locations. “Some of our longest tenured full-time movers and drivers are veterans, and we wanted to be able to give back and show our appreciation.”

Three of the four TWO MEN AND A TRUCK campaigns were able to put up big numbers for the fall of 2018. Movers for Meals had 7,100 items collected and an astounding $20,636 in food donations and vouchers. Movers for Mutts had 8,000 items collected across the country, and Movers for Military collected 5,000 items that were able to be distributed to veterans in need.

It’s an effective and easy way for us to give back to the people who have made this company possible, and for each of our franchise locations, it will continue to be a priority moving forward in 2019.

“I am passionate about giving back to and supporting the people in our communities because it embodies our core values and our mission,” Bush said. “We are the ‘Movers Who Care®’. We need to live that out, and it needs to be a part of our culture. I believe that it builds trust within an organization, as well as a community for people to see TWO MEN AND A TRUCK helping and lending that community support.”

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Revisit our top stories from the year!

2018 is quickly coming to a close, and it’s always worthwhile to look back and reflect on some of the brightest TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moments throughout the year.

Here on our blog, we aim to be a trusted voice for our loyal and potential customers by giving the latest and greatest in moving tips and tricks, telling the stories of the outstanding individuals within our company, and highlighting all of the charitable efforts our franchise locations do on a regular basis nationwide.

We work to tell the best stories in our company and believe 2018 was another successful year for that! From our community outreach to moving tips, storage tips, and a look inside the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience – we touched on it all.

Enjoy!

  1. What we can’t move during your home relocation

When preparing for your upcoming home move, it’s important to know what items movers can and cannot move when the big day arrives.

  1. Five things you should never keep in your storage unit

Contrary to popular belief, you can’t just keep ANYTHING you want in a storage unit, and this post was created to let you know the things that aren’t acceptable.

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises gearing up for Busiest Move Weekend

When the end of June rolls around, that means one thing for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand – busiest move weekend!

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams keep “THE GRANDMA RULE” in mind when moving senior customers

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, moving seniors is one of our specialties, and we tailor our services to specifically cater to our beloved seniors as they transition to the next step in their lives.

  1. Downsize your home with these handy tips

There are many tricky hurdles when getting ready to complete a move, but figuring out how to downsize might be the hardest. Thankfully, our helpful tips can make any downsizing move less stressful!

  1. Finding solutions to help homelessness in America

The unfortunate reality of society is that not everyone has a place to sleep when the cold months hit, but thankfully, there are hardworking individuals all across the country doing their best to end homelessness – including here at TWO M EN AND A TRUCK.

  1. A first-hand look at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving experience

As a brand, we can tell you about the quality of our moving services over and over again, but sometimes it’s best to hear it directly from the source – a satisfied customer.

  1. Keep yourself prepared with these overlooked moving essentials

When you’re completing a home move, there is an endless amount of information to process and items to keep track of. Stay on schedule and organized with these overlooked moving essentials.

  1. What’s it like to be a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK mover?

Find out what the moving experience is like first-hand for the hard-working individuals who make these moves possible.

  1. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK works to make life easier for veterans

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has made it a point of emphasis company-wide to be as accommodating to veterans as possible, while also doing our best to give back to the brave men and women in the community who have served this country.

 

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Giving back to our communities in 2018

-Written by Erik Sargent

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, while we always focus on our goal of providing industry-leading moving services to our customers, we’re also focused on accomplishing one other important goal– giving back.

This covers a broad spectrum for our brand, and we don’t limit ourselves to how we give back to the communities in which we live and work. Whether it’s through a specific person going above and beyond with how they work – our “Move Heroes” – working with a partner organization to handle a crisis situation, or through our own efforts – we want to give back in as many ways as possible.

With each passing year, we find more and more ways to give back to the communities we operate, and 2018 was our best year yet. As the year comes to a close, we wanted to look back on some of ways we gave back and the “Move Heroes” in our family so we can reflect on the outstanding efforts from everyone involved with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

2018 Move Heroes

National Move Hero – Marcos Nabejar

National Move Hero Runner Up – DJ Cook

National Move Hero Runner Up – David Woods

Move Hero – Cameron Gaines steps up for customer in time of need during a home move

Lending a hand through corporate partnerships

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK partners with Cheeriodicals to provide care packages to local children’s hospitals.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK partners with Project C.U.R.E. to distribute much-needed medical supplies worldwide

Making a difference for those in our communities

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK works to make Mother’s Day special for moms who are currently living in domestic abuse or homeless shelters with Movers for Moms®.

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Supporting veterans

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK provides a great opportunity for veterans looking for work after their service, and for veterans looking to get into business ownership.

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An alignment in core values led to a working relationship between Convoy of Hope and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Making a difference in the world is only obtainable when people come together and use the resources around them, and for the faith-based organization Convoy of Hope, this was the exact mindset that helped it come to fruition.

Convoy of Hope – which is based out of Springfield, Missouri – was founded in 1994 with the plans of making a difference in communities all around the world, mainly by working to feed children through feeding initiatives, community outreaches, and disaster response.

“Most of what we do has a focus on feeding,” said Eric Neubauer, corporate relations director for Convoy of Hope. “Secondarily, the flip-side of that coin is we’ve also been an early responder in times of natural disasters. There was a point in our mission where we felt like responding and being a part of relief efforts was important to who we are and what we did.”

Since the organization has grown over nearly 25 years of operation, Convoy of Hope now has their focus set in six main areas: community events, children’s feeding, disaster services, agriculture, women’s empowerment, and rural compassion.

The number of people reached by Convoy of Hope are staggering when you examine what they’ve been able to do since 1994, which includes 100 million people served, 262 million meals distributed, and 615,000 volunteers mobilized to help children, families, and survivors of disasters. These numbers also include 115 countries served and $805 million worth of food and supplies distributed.

It’s no small task to be on the ground helping at so many different places for so many different causes, but a strong infrastructure allows Convoy of Hope to make it possible.

“Part of what gives us the ability to do that and what makes us so unique is our infrastructure,” Neubauer said. “Think of us like a logistics organization. We have a fleet of semis, we have an international headquarters here in Springfield with a 3,000 square foot building with essential supplies and products. We also have regional warehouses in different parts of the world, including Haiti, Asia, Puerto Rico, and Houston.”

This impressive infrastructure allows Convoy of Hope to adapt on the go to whatever the  disaster situation may need and stay prepared for any situation.

“Because of our logistical capacity and our infrastructure, we are not dependent on partnering with A, B, and C organization when deploying of times of disaster,” Neubauer said. “Because we have our infrastructure, we are at the disaster and supplying what we need for the disaster on our own.”

A partnership based on a common goal

 

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, finding any and all ways to give back to the communities we operate in and the people we serve has been our goal over the last 30 years.

For Greg Micklos, franchisee of the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pensacola, Fla., location, this same sentiment was on his mind last year when Hurricane Harvey crashed the shores of the Gulf Coast. The damage was substantial, people needed help, and he knew his moving team and his trucks could be of use. The next step was finding a partner to put these resources to good use.

Micklos had been organizing both the supplies to be donated and also organizing a fleet of trucks to head to Houston when a mutual connection led him to Convoy of Hope.

greg micklos 013“I was involved in Hurricane Floyd and Dennis in 1999 when I was living in North Carolina, I have experienced hurricane devastation myself,” said Micklos. “I knew a lot of people in the Florida area would be coming in and out of disaster areas, and knew we would need some kind of credentials to get into devastation areas. Finding an organization like Convoy of Hope to help us actually get in there and get out without making a scene – we knew they needed supplies, and it was a great fit for us.”

A couple of quick phone calls later, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and Convoy of Hope had plans in the works to tag-team these hurricane relief efforts.

“When Eric Neubauer from Convoy of Hope and I got together and actually developed a strategic plan together to figure out what we had and what we could do, it just seemed to be a phenomenal fit,” Micklos said.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s resources helped boost the efforts of Convoy of Hope, who was already established in the disaster areas.

“For us, it just makes sense to ask if there is a logistics connection, and if it could radically improve our capacity,” Neubauer said. “People want do something to help, and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has tons of trucks and people.”

Since Hurricane Harvey, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has continued to work together with Convoy of Hope where it makes sense, as each organization works hard to make a difference when possible.

Micklos noted that over the last year, he has remained in contact with Convoy of Hope and kept an open dialogue about what has worked in their relief efforts and what hasn’t as they plan to coordinate in the future. With the ability to provide both trucks and man-power on relatively short notice, the two organizations have developed an understanding with one another and are working to build their partnership.

“Our core values align so well,” Micklos said. “We’re all for one, one for all, and we can’t just do it by ourselves. [Founder] Mary Ellen Sheets said it best – ‘all of us are stronger than one of us’, so you look at that and we’re right there with Convoy of Hope sharing the same values.”

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Military program puts essential care items in the hands of veterans

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-Written by Erik Sargent

With the month of November upon us and Veteran’s Day just wrapping up, it’s important to recognize the sacrifices our veterans have made for this country, and to help the ones in need.

The unfortunate reality for the brave men and women who fight for this country is that when some of them return home, it’s not always a welcoming time. Many struggle with finding employment or homelessness, creating a harrowing situation.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is a company built around the hard work of many veterans, and we’ve made it a point as a company to help give back to these individuals through our Movers for Military campaign, which many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises choose to run each fall.

Franchise locations partner with local schools, business, organizations, and shelters to set up collection sites where people can donate essential care items that are delivered to veteran shelters around the community. It’s a good way for us to put our moving resources to use, and allows the community to come together and help those who need it the most.

“I think Movers for Military is a good fit at our franchise because we are located in a community that heavily supports and endorses our troops, both past and present,” said Kayla Emond, marketing coordinator at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Portland, Maine location. “The program is important to our community because our partner, Preble Street Veterans Housing, serves veterans all over the state of Maine, where there’s nearly 400 a year who face housing insecurity or homelessness. It’s important to not only recognize but also support those who gave so much to protect this country and our freedoms.”

Maine Mariners Collection 3Emond and the Portland franchise held two community events where they set up collection sites this fall, with the first being held at a Maine Mariner’s hockey game, and the other at the local Island Dog Brewing, where there was Halloween party and 20% of all beer sales were donated to the Movers for Military campaign.

It was a great way to get TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s cause out there, and the community really came together to support the program.

“The response we saw about the program was overwhelming,” said Emond. “People loved sharing stories with us about the veterans in their lives and praising us for hosting a program that gives back to veterans. I can’t even tell you how many people came up to us with excitement that they saw our trucks around their neighborhoods.”

For the four TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Southeast Michigan locations – Ann Arbor, Brighton, Brownstown, and Oakland Southwest – they also ran the Movers for Military program this fall, and felt like it was a good fit for their team.

“Both myself and Franchisee Alan Oversmith come from military families, so we are both very passionate about this campaign,” said Charlene Bush, marketing manager for all four TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Southeast Michigan locations. “In addition, we have several veterans that now work at each of our locations as movers or drivers. This campaign is a great way to both honor them and show our appreciation for their service to our country.”

Bush and her locations partnered with the Livingston County Service Agency, Downriver for Veterans, Michigan Ability Partners, and Vets Returning home to run “stuff a truck” events around their communities.

The events were held at two Walmart locations and two Kroger locations, and gave people the chance to stop by and donate their items. It also was a good way for the movers and drivers at the franchises to get involved and help out in the community.

“Our movers and drivers love helping with the different campaigns we run, so I get a ton of support from both management and our frontline staff,” Bush said. “I was very pleased with each campaign and the amount of donations we were able to deliver.”

Movers for Military 7The events received a phenomenal response from the community, and even led to some great stories like that of a young girl who donated her birthday money to buy items that could be donated to veterans, showing just how involved these campaigns can be and the difference they can make.

“I think it is important to participate in these campaigns because it is important to help build and support the community we live and work in, and to be a part of something bigger,” Bush said. “I also feel that people are more apt to trust a company they see giving back, and people tend to do business with people they trust.”

To learn more about Movers for Military and to find out how you can get involved with future campaigns through TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, click here.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® works to make life easier for veterans

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As we enter the month of November, all around the country, we come together and celebrate the heroic acts and sacrifices of the men and women who have bravely served in our armed forces.

Freedom isn’t free, and it’s important to take the time to recognize what each and every one of these individuals has done to give us the life we all live today. At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, these sacrifices are not lost on us, and we work our hardest to make sure we give back as much as possible to our veterans all over the United States.

Each fall around the time of Veteran’s Day, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises run our Movers for Military campaign, where the franchises partner with local schools, businesses, and veteran’s shelters in their community to collect essential care items that can be donated to veterans in need.

These donations go a long way in helping our veterans maintain a good quality of life, and can often help them get back on their feet after hard times.

“We feel this is a good fit because we employ so many veterans at each of our locations,” said Charlene Bush, marketing manager for four TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations in Southeast, Mich. “Some of our longest tenured movers and drivers are veterans, and we wanted to be able to give back and show our appreciation for their service.”

Hiring veterans

Along with the Movers for Military campaign, another way TWO MEN AND A TRUCK works to give back to veterans is by hiring them in a variety of roles.

From drivers all the way up through franchisees – and even at our Home Office location – we employ veterans for many different positions in our company, and they make up a big portion of who we are as a company.

The team environment allows for a seamless transition from military life, and as Pasadena, Cali., Move Manager Cody Setser pointed out, these similar works styles are easy to adjust to.

“The main similarities are honestly just staying motivated and being disciplined,” Setser said. “When you’re supposed to show up, show up, because people are counting on you and it can screw up everyone’s day. Just be fair – you can still have fun while being disciplined at the same time, and that’s an important thing.”

Setser joined TWO MEN AND A TRUCK after serving six years in the Marine Corps Infantry, and immediately joined the company after his time in the service.

One of the biggest reasons he’d recommended the company to someone is due to the team-environment that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK instills at each franchise location.

“It’s a solid group of guys, and it has the same basic comradery that you can get with the Marine Corps,” Setser said. “You’re doing tough work, but at the same time, you can still have fun with it and there are a lot of similarities. It’s a great group of people to work with.”

For Jerry Swartz, team lead at the Central Illinois, Ill., franchise who also served seven years in the Army, he noted the chain of command as a major similarity from military life to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK life.

“The biggest similarity is the chain of command,” Swartz said. “That’s always important, otherwise you just have people walking into offices and it’s very chaotic. Then, just that daily discipline of showing up every day and being dependable.”

We’re thankful for all of the veterans in our company and for the hard work they do every day to help us continue Moving People Forward! To find out more about if our career opportunities fit your veteran background, visit our careers page here.

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Food banks distribute meals and food options to end hunger across America

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Written by Erik Sargent

Having a reliable food source and knowing where your next meal is coming from is something that many people in this country take for granted, but unfortunately, it’s not always the case for a large number of individuals across the U.S.

Hunger is an issue that continues to affect many people right here in our own country. Due to a variety of factors that can come into play, many adults – and especially children – are left to live day-by-day being unsure if they can eat, and often failing to receive the proper nutrition to maintain a healthy diet. It’s an ongoing issue, and one that organizations like the North Texas Food Bank strive to solve.

The North Texas Foodbank was founded in 1982 with the sole purpose of providing the residents of the greater Northern Texas area access to nutritious food. With such a high number of people in the area, it can be a daunting task.

“Our mission is to close the hunger gap in North Texas by providing access to nutritious food,” said Lexi Kay, the annual campaign manager for the North Texas Food Bank. “Currently, there are more than 800,000 people – which includes 300,000 children – who are currently facing food insecurity. Food insecurity means that they don’t always know where their next healthy meal will come from.”

NTFB is able to cover a 13-county service area in North Texas, providing more than 190,000 meals each day through various locations and through their new distribution center. Just last year alone, NFTB was able to provide people access to nearly 72 million meals, and their goal by 2025 is to be able to provide 92 million meals in the year.

How does an organization like NTFB – which is a nonprofit – receive the necessary resources to make this goal a reality?

“We work with a network of over 200 partner agencies,” Kay said. “These partner agencies typically have a food pantry within their organization, so that’s really how we are getting the food out to those in need. We’re pretty much receiving either donated food, purchased food, or different kinds of food provided by the government and we provide it where it’s needed the most. Without these partner agencies, we would not be able to meet hunger demand we see. These partnerships are very critical to what we do here.”

To match their partnerships with various organizations, NTFB was able to open a new, state-of-the-art distribution center which allows them to operate at an even higher level and put more meals in peoples’ hands across North Texas.

“Since we’ve seen such an increased need for food here in our community, we’ve recently opened our new distribution center in Plano, Texas,” Kay said. “It’s very exciting. It’s three times the size of our prior distribution center, and it’s centrally located within our service area which allows for more engagement with business, volunteer’s, donors, and helps us meet the needs of the area.”

A big part of what NTFB does is not just getting food in people’s hands, but providing access to healthy food to make the process worthwhile.

Their organization allows members of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) to have access to all NTFB resources, and they set up pantries with healthy food options to make sure people are maintain – and having the options – for a nutritious diet.

“One of our pantries that we run is called ‘Our Community Pantry’, and we set it up as a client-choice pantry, which means that clients can come in and choose what they want to take home with them when shopping for groceries,” Kay said. “It’s set up just like a grocery store, and the clients come in and have a cart and volunteers help them shop for what they need.”

Giving back

img_8606 (1)Tackling the ongoing issue of hunger takes more than just one organization, and it’s important for as many hands as possible to get involved in making a difference. One company that has put their resources to good use with this issue is the international moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

For more than 30 years, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has made it a point to donate their trucks and moving resources to all types of charitable causes. One campaign they developed on their own, Movers for Meals®, specifically deals with people facing hunger. The company partners with various organizations to help deliver and pickup food and other items and deliver them where needed, taking some of the pressure off food banks who are working to distribute meals.

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Lansing location ran Movers for Meals during the month of October, partnering with local businesses in the area like MSUFCU, Tutor Time, WLNS, and McLaren of Greater Lansing to gather donated, non-perishable food items for families in need.

“The response from the organizations was a surprise,” said Laura Larson, the marketing coordinator for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Lansing. “We couldn’t have imaged how strong and supportive they have been with this project, especially since we have done other charities in the past with these organizations helping us. These organizations match our compassion and love for our community, and it is amazing to be partnered with them this year for Movers for Meals.”

movers-for-meals-2017.jpgThis kind of work fits in with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s list of company core values, and for the Lansing franchise, it was a no-brainer getting involved and helping.

“In Michigan alone, one out of seven people go hungry and of those, one out of four are children,” Larson said. “It takes a village to raise a child and when that child is hungry and in need, we all need to get involved. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Lansing strives each and every day to make a difference in our community, and that means making sure that we can stop the one out of seven people going hungry. This program strongly fits into our core values and what we stand for.”

Help make a difference

As with any charitable cause, the work of the organization only goes so far – it’s up to the help of everyone to make sure the needs and goals of a certain area are met.

“In order for us to do what we do, we really rely on donations,” Kay said. “A lot of our donations come from corporations, individuals, grants – that’s really where our funding comes from, and it’s what helps us operate.”

More than just cash donations and grants, one of the best things that can make a difference is people getting out and helping by volunteering their time.

“At least for us here, we are striving to have individuals come to our new facility and to see what it looks like and hear more about our mission,” Kay said. “We’re always looking for volunteers – they help us pack a lot of the food that goes out, so they are critically needed. We are always looking for advocates, too. People to use their voice to tell elected officials that there is hunger in the community.”

To find out more about the North Texas Food Bank and how you can get involved, visit their website here. To learn more about TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s charitable programs, click here.

Local animal shelters work tirelessly to get homeless pets into loving homes

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-Written by Erik Sargent 

As the pet population continues on a  constant rise, so too does the need to find the proper solutions for handling these animals and providing them not only with the appropriate care and treatment, but also finding them happy, forever homes.

All across the globe – from big cities down to small communities – are working to find the answers for dealing with homeless animals, mainly to prevent them from suffering neglect and potential death. It’s a complex issue, filled with hurdles like finding resources, having the proper space to house an animal, and having the proper staffing to provide support.

It’s up to the hardworking individuals at animal shelters and rescues to not only come up with the solutions for these animals, but to continue doing so each and every day with such constant turnover.

“We’re an open admission shelter, which means that we are completely open to the public and that all animals are welcome here from our service area,” said Wendy Welch, communications director for the Human Society of Huron Valley, located in Ann Arbor, Mich. “Thanks to the support we have in the community, we are able to treat many animals that come through our doors, and save the mass majority of them. We have about a 97 percent save rate, and an incredibly high adoption rate as well.”

The facilities at Huron Valley feature a full-service veterinary clinic that is open to the public, and they are able to provide treatment to most animals that come through their doors.

“We try to keep rates low [at the veterinary clinic], because our ultimate goal is to keep animals in homes,” Welch said. “Our vet staff takes a look at them and can treat them for different things. If there is something beyond the scope of what we are able to do here, we have partners in the community that can help as well. We also have behavior specialists that can help with differing conditions animals may have.”

Other facilities like the Heartland Animal Shelter, located in Northbrook, Ill., focus their efforts in providing safety for animals who are in danger, particularly ones who are on the streets and facing euthanasia.

“We get animals from all different situations,” said Stephanie Mueller-Simpson, executive director for Heartland Animal Shelter. “We will take owner surrenders sometimes, but mostly, we try to focus on animals that are in danger. Many of our cats and dogs come straight off the streets, and most of our dogs and cats come from municipal shelters where they are on the euthanasia list because there just isn’t room for them.”

Finding the resources

With organizations like these, money and resources can often be tight, and without the proper backing, they aren’t able to treat as many animals.

“One major challenge for us is the nature of being a no-kill, nonprofit means that we are a private organization, so we run entirely on donations,” Mueller-Simpson said. “So, if we don’t have particular items donated or money donated, we just can’t provide. That’s always an on-going challenge.”

It’s a difficult road relying on donations, and in order for a place like Heartland to operate, they need the money from any source possible and from people who care as much about animals as they do.

Another aspect that allows animal shelters and rescues to operate on a day-to-day basis is from volunteers in the communities they operate. Whether it’s with something simple like hosting community events or participating in the various volunteer programs these shelters offer, it provides a great service to the organizations trying to operate at a high level.

“We are fortunate to have many foster parents, so in addition to the space we have at our facilities, we have foster parents in the community who are able to take in the animals,” Welch said. “Whether it’s a medical emergency or a behavioral problem where the animal needs one-on-one attention, they are taken care of.”

Help from those in the community

22365597_1772764639425131_5775562813298348519_nThe impact of donations and volunteer work are hard to measure as shelters house hundreds of animals each year, and it’s people in the community who make the difference.

For the international moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, select franchise locations do their part to make a difference with their Movers for Mutts campaign. Movers for Mutts was a program developed by the company, and franchises who elect to run this during the fall months use their moving services and equipment to help transport food, toys, and other essential care items collected in the community for local shelters or rescues that need it most.

DSC01626It’s a good way for the company to not only give back in the communities they operate, but also to work toward saving or improving the lives of as many animals as they can.

“It’s very important to us to give back with efforts like Movers for Mutts, because we have been in this community for a long time, and the community has been good to us,” said Eric St. Pierre, co-franchisee at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs, Colo. location. “It’s the least we can do. We want the community to know how much we appreciate them, and we want to help out animals, too.”

Not only does the charitable work go toward a great cause in the community, it also gives the franchise team members a break from the everyday grind and a chance to make a difference.

“We order the materials, make up donation boxes, and get in contact with local shelters who need the help,” St. Pierre said. “I think it gives our team members something different to focus on and takes away from the monotony of work. Our workers are extremely passionate about it.”

Join the cause

“There are so many ways to help,” Welch said. “We have many volunteer opportunities from youth volunteers to adults, who can do anything from laundry and administrative assistance to dog walking and cat comforting – these are the most popular ones. Even more skilled things – we have them help out with our dog play groups and dog pack walks, and many other things.”

Outside assistance to these types of organizations is crucial, and gives people a chance to help better protect the lives of these animals and take stress off of the organizations working to save them.

Whether you’re working with one tasks mentioned above, working to become a foster parent, donating your time with their volunteer activities, or just handing over a cash donation – everything helps.

“Just spreading the word is such a major thing,” said Mueller-Simpson. “There will always be issues with pet stores and breeders, and there will always be an overpopulation of animals. Spreading the word about why adoption is important can make a big difference.”

To learn more about the work being done at both of these facilities, visit the Heartland Animal Shelter website and Facebook page here and here, and the Human Society of Huron Valley website and Facebook here and here.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® moving teams keep “THE GRANDMA RULE®” in mind when moving senior customers

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-Written by Erik Sargent

To say that a love and desire to provide the best possible care for seniors is a point of emphasis at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would be a major understatement. In fact, the story of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK never happens without the help of our company’s very own special grandma.

“Grandma Eb” – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother – was instrumental in helping Mary Ellen and her two sons, Jon Sorber and Brig Sorber, start the company in Lansing, Mich., when she allowed them to use her backyard as space for storage and to park trucks. This played a huge role in the development in the company, and more than 30 years later, we are still paying homage to Grandma Eb with one of our main company core values – THE GRANDMA RULE®.

THE GRANDMA RULE is simple – to treat each and every customer we deal with the way we would want our very own grandmothers to be treated. It’s a simple yet effective motto to live by, and it has shaped who we are as a company.

“THE GRANDMA RULE is especially personal to us here,” said Janelle Ishman, marketing manager for multiple TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations in the greater Philadelphia area. “As a family-oriented company, it is important for us to treat our customers, our employees, and any individual that we have the privilege of encountering on the road with the same respect and care as our own family.”

Senior moving is different from a standard home move. While it still can be stressful like an ordinary moving situation, there is an added level of emotion to the process as often times, seniors are leaving behind the place they have called home for many decades.

“Moving is extremely stressful, but our teams are specifically trained on senior care services, which teaches our staff about the stages of dementia, downsizing, and security in senior housing,” Ishman said. “Our movers are trained to be attentive to the emotional aspect of senior relocations, as we realize that not all requests – especially those involving downsizing or relocating to a retirement community – are joyful circumstances. Our crews do their best to move every customer forward optimistically.”

With such an emphasis on care and compassion with our movers – especially senior moves – it makes perfect sense that we have specialized in senior moving since the very beginning.

Being able to handle these moves requires delicate planning and training for everyone involved, and it’s the attention to detail that sets TWO MEN AND A TRUCK apart when it comes to senior relocation.

“A lot of times, a senior citizen just wants someone to come and talk with them at their home about what is happening and what we are able to do,” said Brian Stern, a multi-unit franchisee with locations in Maine, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. “We make it a goal to try and accommodate this any time it is requested, because we know how important it is.”

From moving people in and out of retirement communities to helping them downsize from a large home, we have done it all when it comes to moving our beloved senior citizens, and are prepared to handle any situation.

“Quite frankly, these moves are right in our wheelhouse as a company,” Stern said. “We are built around customer service first and foremost. With our unique ability to deliver a high level of customer service and compassion for our clients, other moving services simply cannot compare.”

Not only are TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s professional moving teams trained on the best practices for handling senior moves – certain franchises have different benefits and options they offer during senior moves.

“We have a special place in our hearts for these customers,” Ishamn said. “Because of Grandma Eb’s influence on the company, we make sure to offer senior citizens a 25 percent discount on boxes and packing supplies at our greater Philadelphia locations.”

If you or someone that you know is looking to complete an upcoming senior move, be sure to contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise and see why we are known as the “Movers Who Care®”!

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