Just nine years ago, the Movers for Moms® campaign was born. The annual program, which began with the Michigan TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations who wanted to support local moms in need around the time of Mother’s Day, involves working with local businesses, schools, and organizations to collect essential care items for moms living in domestic abuse or homeless shelters. Today, our more than 300 locations across the country participate in the program and support local moms in their community.
The program has grown exponentially over the years and we’re proud to say we’ve collected more than 800,000 items for moms the past nine years. This year alone, our fantastic franchises collected more than 285,000 items for delivery to local shelters!
“Movers for Moms was extremely instrumental in providing a wonderful and meaningful Mother’s Day for the Shelter’s participants,” said Volunteer and Resource Coordinator Rebecca Grabau at The Shelter for Abused Women and Children in Naples, Fla. “Without community support like this, the Shelter would not be able to provide our life changing programs and services, and we certainly would not be able to create such a special day for all of our survivors.”
Movers for Moms® success is built on the generosity of local communities coming together to support at-risk moms. A BIG thank you to everyone who has generously donated to the cause, or the local community partners that acted as drop off locations for donations. Without the support of our communities around the country, we wouldn’t be where we are today in helping moms who need it most around the time they should feel most special- Mother’s Day!
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.
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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 Wonders (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.
“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.”
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.
Movers For Moms® is a community program that is a spring tradition for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. The program has been very successful and has spread to all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations in 39 states with more than 300 participating franchises!
You may already know that three out of 10 women are victims of domestic violence. Movers For Moms® is committed to helping support women living in women’s or homeless shelters by providing essential care items for the past nine years. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® works closely with local community partners such as banks, stores, schools, and other organizations to collect items women need in their day-to-day life. Essential care items including soap, shampoo, toothpaste and deodorant are donated by the general public into boxes provided by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and then delivered to the local shelter recipient just in time for Mother’s Day.
“Movers for Moms® was extremely instrumental in providing a wonderful and meaningful Mother’s Day for the Shelter’s participants,” says volunteer and resource coordinator of the Naples, Fla., Shelter for Abused Women & Children. “Without community support like this, the Shelter would not be able to provide our life changing programs and services, and we certainly would not be able to create such a special day for all of our survivors.”
This support extends its reach far beyond mothers in need. As we work to support mothers who are struggling, we in turn support others that depend on these women including their children, parents, and friends. An important part of the process to help build strong communities and families is doing our part to give back. Giving back is a core value that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees embody and live by.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Chair Melanie Bergeron shares the importance of the program and coming together is reaching moms across the country.
Each year our numbers continue to grow and it brings us great joy to know we are helping to positively impact lives. If you would like to get involved with Movers For Moms® or learn more, please visit twomenandatruck.com/movers-for-moms and like us on Facebook to stay updated with current program happenings!
As it has been said time and time again, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system truly believes in giving back to local communities. How can franchises not believe in giving back with it being one of our core values? This year, franchise locations across the system proved they don’t just believe in this ideal, they live it.
Franchises had the opportunity to partake in the Movers for Military, Movers for Meals, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth campaigns. Much like the national Movers for Moms® program, locations worked with local business partners to collect the much needed items for their various campaigns. Throughout the fall of 2015, more than 30 franchises implemented one of TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s four cause marketing programs, working to collect more than 99,000 much-needed items.
“Several years ago TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® had just one cause marketing campaign, Movers for Moms®,” said Media Relations and Brand Communications Team Lead Lindsay Dow. “However, we had many franchises who wanted to do more to help out their communities throughout the year. That’s when we worked to create four additional programs, providing our franchises with the opportunity to give back to different organizations. Over the past few years these campaigns have evolved and franchises have truly embraced them. This year was no different, and without a doubt the most successful year for our fall marketing programs.”
To show gratitude and appreciation to local veterans, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® once again rolled out Movers for Military. Millions of veterans in America are homeless throughout the year, and Movers for Military aims to assist these veterans in need. Franchises that participated in this program collected more than 18,000 items for veterans in need; items donated went to benefit homeless veterans and their families.
Ten locations implemented the Movers for Mutts campaign within their local communities. This program benefits animal shelters that provide and care for stray animals. Many times, these shelters are in dire need of pet food and other essential pet items. Together, the franchises collected more than 1,500 items and more than $15,000 in monetary donations to go toward the animals and the shelters.
Hunger is a problem many Americans face daily. In an effort to help combat hunger, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises implemented the Movers for Meals campaign. Movers for Meals collects nonperishable food items for families facing hunger each year. This year franchises collected a whopping 50,000 donated items for families in need!
Marketing Director Sally Mink of the Brentwood/Franklin, Tenn., location found her Movers for Meals campaign to be the best one to date.
“This year was our strongest year yet,” said Mink. “This year we hit over 1,600 pounds for Graceworks Ministries.”
Lastly, Truckload of Warmth, helps keep children and their families warm during the bitter cold winter months. Gently used or new winter coats and other winter clothing donations are needed for this collection drive. Through the collective efforts of the nine locations that ran the program, more than 30,000 items were collected.
General Manager Chris Jones from the Boise, Idaho franchise implemented the Truckload of Warmth program. The Boise location, in its fourth year with the campaign, partnered with 35 collection partners across the community, providing even more awareness for the program and those in need.
“The program has gained traction every year and many of the participating businesses even look forward to it,” said Jones. “It gives us and the business a great opportunity to help and give back to our community. All of our donations go to the families living at the Women’s and Children’s Alliance (WCA). The WCA organization does such amazing things for those in need and we are just proud that we can help.”
With another successful year wrapped up, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system is excited for the 2016 fall campaigns and the opportunity to increase the charitable efforts throughout our local communities.
“Moving People Forward is our core purpose,” said Marketing and Communications Director Dawn Kroeger. “I am so passionate about these cause marketing initiatives and how they allow TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to put our core purpose into action. We are committed to moving people forward beyond our customers and our team members, but those most at risk in our communities.”
To learn more about these programs please visit our community service page. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is the first and largest franchised moving company in the United States. Let us help move you forward! For more helpful tips and information on moving services, subscribe to our blog and like us on Facebook.
Written by Gary Parisher, President of Cheeriodicals
At Cheeriodicals, we provide one-of-a-kind corporate team building activities for US and global corporations where their teams of 10 to more than 1,000 can come together to assemble “cheer-up” gift boxes to deliver in person to local children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses. Our business was born of the desire to connect corporations to team building “that matters” to delivering a dose of cheer and encouragement to hospitalized children and their families. Simply put, we deliver Big Green Boxes of Cheer to those that need a lift in spirits.
Managing the logistics of Cheeriodicals assembly, corporate team building, delivery to the hospital, coordination with media and so many other items in the process has been quite a challenge to say the least. The one component we struggled with the most was how to get the assembled Cheeriodicals from the team building activity safely and carefully delivered to the children’s hospital or Ronald McDonald House. For the first couple of hospital deliveries, we really didn’t have an ideal answer. We found local options, but nothing that had a national reach, nothing we could rely on consistently.
One day while driving in Birmingham, AL, I noticed a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® vehicle passing by. While we had used TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in our own personal home move years ago, I was struck by the logo on the truck “Movers Who Care”. I thought, maybe they could assist our efforts, especially with a tagline like “Movers Who Care”.
We were preparing for one of our children’s events at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, OH. I called the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office in Columbus and was routed to Carly Turcu to discuss this idea. As I shared our concept of corporate giving, the impact on hospitalized children, the process, Carly simply said “We’ll gladly pick up and deliver your 250 Cheeriodicals to Nationwide Children’s completely free of charge”. And the rest is history. Here are just a few of the many trademark TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® – Cheeriodicals photos to follow:
Since that first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® delivery in Columbus, OH, we have partnered with the local office in each market we’ve delivered to children’s hospitals or Ronald McDonald Houses. We have now made more than 40 deliveries to children’s hospitals and Ronald McDonald Houses with the local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office leading the delivery.
It’s incredibly difficult to pick out what stands out most about our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partnership because I could personally write a book about the value of this combined effort. That said, I’ll limit this to three areas:
Professionalism – Our business is all about putting together a corporate team building activity that is flawless from beginning to end. It’s about our customers experiencing what it means to really “give back” with their effort, their labor and that satisfaction of seeing a child and family struggling with a healthcare issue light up and forget their situation for a while. It’s about witnessing magic up close and personal.
To create this experience, we are required to uphold the highest level of professionalism because delivery of gifts to a hospitalized child has to be perfect. That means our gifts, the way they are delivered, the safety required, the hospital interaction, everything has to be handled without error. Our delivery has to be beyond professional.
We have never, not one time, had anything less than professional service from the many TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® offices and their delivery teams. The trucks and equipment are always in excellent shape and super clean. We notice it and I can assure you the hospital staff notices it. They tell us time after time!
Consistency – In a perfect world, you can go into any franchise, anywhere in the country, and the product delivered meets the expectations to the highest levels. Well, that perfect world doesn’t really exist for most national businesses, except for Starbucks, Apple stores, come to mind in this hallowed ground for business excellence.
I can assure you that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® has earned its stripes with regard to consistency across all the franchises we’ve worked with over the last four years. Our traveling events team has mentioned time after time how each interaction with each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® office is so similar that we often are unable to distinguish those interactions. It’s not that we don’t remember the individuals we meet (we do!), it’s just that EVERYONE has been so consistently excellent. This consistency makes the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® component of our events planning the one part we can rest assured comes together without issue.
“Movers Who Care” is real – Rather than list all the reasons we know this is true (dozens we could share), I’ll share one example that highlights this value is absolutely real. It’s an observation from my own personal experience, and something that others may not have noticed, but I did.
We were making a Cheeriodicals delivery to Comer Children’s Hospital in Chicago. The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® team was led by Lauren Munson on that day in June in 2015. Comer Children’s Hospital invited Lauren and one of the delivery guys (dressed in his Truckie suit), to make a couple of deliveries to patients in their rooms, completely by surprise.
As a photo is worth a thousand words, one look at the photo that follows shows the emotional impact of this delivery on Lauren’s face. I watched Lauren (and Truckie) interact with this child and lift the child’s spirit. What this photo doesn’t show, is Lauren leaving the room to escape into the hallway to shed tears, a mix of empathy for obvious reasons and joy for seeing this child in smiles. “Movers Who Care” can have multiple interpretations, but in this case, it was “Movers Who Care” the way we care.
Gary Parisher has been the President of Cheeriodicals since 2011. To learn more about Cheeriodicals, please visit www.cheeriodicals.com.
Giving back to the community is not only a Core Value we have posted on our walls, but a way of life at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. It started back when our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, decided to donate her $1,000 of profit to 10 different local charities her first year in business. Since then we’ve continued looking for ways to give back to the communities in which we work and play. Not only do we give back to local charities, donate moves, and give 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society, we also have developed five programs unique to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.
Eight years ago Movers for Moms® was created to give back to local mothers in need on Mother’s Day. After seeing tremendous success with the program, we decided to develop additional programs to help families, veterans, and pets in need during the fall and holiday season.
Movers for Military
Veteran’s Day is a time to honor the courageous men and women who have proudly served our country. Unfortunately many veterans are experiencing tough times and need the aid of local shelters and organizations to get back on their feet. As the “Movers Who Care®”, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aims to provide critical assistance to local veterans in crisis with a program called Movers for Military – an effort to collect essential items that will be delivered to veterans living at local shelters during Veteran’s Day.
Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations partner with schools, businesses, and veterans’ shelters to begin collecting essential care items each fall and deliver them to the shelters the week of Veteran’s Day, November 11.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities it is privileged to serve. Through the Movers for Military program, we hope to provide critical support to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms.
Movers for Meals
The fall season typically involves family and friend gatherings around a feast to give thanks. Unfortunately many families are unable to participate in this tradition. To help support local families facing hunger crises around the country, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations host the Movers for Meals food drive each fall. Movers for Meals runs each October and November and ends just before Thanksgiving. Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® outlets partner with schools, businesses, food pantries, and local shelters to collect non-perishable food items with the goal of putting more food on tables.
Movers for Mutts
Don’t worry, we haven’t forgotten about our furry friends. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® developed Movers for Mutts in an effort to help local animal shelters support and foster stray animals. This program is hosted each fall and partners with local businesses, schools, and organizations to collect food, toys, and other essential items pets may need while living in local animal shelters.
Truckload of Warmth
Truckload of Warmth is a program dedicated to supporting local shelters during the cold, sometimes unbearable, winter weather by collecting warm clothing including new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and anything needed to stay warm. This program is relatively new in the past few years and began with only a few locations throughout the country who wanted to support local shelters during the cold, winter months. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partners with local schools, businesses, and organizations to collect these items each fall and donate them to local shelters in need.
At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we are very grateful to everyone who has donated to these programs and have allowed us 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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The 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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This month at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® we have focused on our core value of giving back to the community. Whether it’s donating a move or raising money for a good cause, we believe in supporting our communities and helping people move forward.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®has not only seen success with the annual Movers for Moms® program, but we are excited about the $2 million worth of moving services we donated this year. There is nothing better than knowing we made a difference in the communities around us.
One of our franchise owners Jason Judson from St. Louis, Mo., said it best:
“Our community is the reason we wake up every day and come to work. If it wasn’t for our community, we would not have a thriving business and be able to employ so many great people.”
You don’t need to be a part of a big company to be able to give back to your community. Here are some great ideas of how to give back:
Donate clothing: One of the easiest ways to give back is to donate clothing you are no longer using. We all have those pieces of clothing pushed way back in our closet that has not seen the light of day in some time. Instead of just leaving it there to collect dust, take it to your local Salvation Army or Goodwill. Just remember to make sure they are washed before you donate them; it will be much appreciated!
Volunteer: Many people cringe when they hear the word volunteer, but it doesn’t have to be something boring or dirty. Instead, think of your skills and what you have to offer (we are all good at something!). If you are athletic, look into volunteering at one of your local community centers to teach kids about sports or check out your local Humane Society and see if they need someone to play with the animals or walk the dogs. If you are more on the artistic side, call a nursing home to see if they would like to have a musician come in and play music for everyone.
Send greetings: So many people are having a hard time and just need some cheering up. A fun and easy thing to do is to work with a shelter and make cards for the kids there. This will be an encouraging and positive moment they will remember for days to come. You could also include something small and fun like stickers with your card. There are also programs like AMillionThanks.org, which provide a simple way to just say thank you to our troops. It may seem small and simple but it means a lot to them.
These are just a couple of things you can do to get involved and support your community. Check out these great pictures from some of the charity events the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® systemhas recently been part of.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® would like to recognize our office in Flint, Michigan for their charitable contribution in November of 2011. Residents from a local apartment community were forced to evacuate with only five days’ notice. The Flint location received the call and offered two trucks to help move the remaining residents without hesitation.
Click here to read the full story written by the Flint Journal.
A recent story we would like to recognize is about the efforts of the Panama City franchise. The location offered their assistance collecting supplies for survivors of the January 23, 2012 tornados that ripped through the state of Alabama.
Click here to read the full story written by the Panama City, FL local ABC affiliate.
Community service has been an important to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® since the very beginning, and still is today. In fact, the first $1,000 made by the company was donated to ten different charities. Charity is such a huge part of our culture that we created our own charitable giving program – Movers for Moms®. The goal of Movers for Moms® is to collect and deliver gifts for mothers living in women’s shelters on Mother’s Day.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® also helps in the fight against cancer by donating 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society. Ten cents may not seem like very much, but in 2011 our customers helped us contribute more than $345,219 from our system.
Other charities franchises work with on a local level includes Move For Hunger, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, Toys For Tots and many, many others throughout the country.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® even has a Humanitarian Award that is given to an exceptional franchise in the system annually. This award is presented in recognition of its community actions throughout the past year.