TWO MEN AND A TRUCK supports local veterans and service members through annual Movers for Military program

Last Thursday was Veteran’s Day, a time to recognize the incredible sacrifices made by the brave men and women veterans of this wonderful country.

This means a lot to us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, as we have a number of veterans working within our brand at every level of the company. From movers and drivers all the way up to franchisees and Home Office team members, we’re proud of our strong veteran presence and strive to look for opportunities to help veterans adjust to life after their time in the military.

Another way we honor veterans is through one of our own giving campaigns, Movers for Military®. This program was designed for our franchises to work within their communities to collect and deliver essential care items to veterans in need. Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises will partner with organizations and businesses in their area to set up collection sites where the public can drop off the needed items, and our teams deliver them to veteran’s shelters in the area.

“Any time we can help or assist veteran or service members, it is a good thing,” said Jeff Walker, a veteran and franchisee at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs location. “It is a small way to serve our country.”

See more: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK San Diego partners with Veteran’s Village to help end veteran homelessness

Movers for Military is a natural fit for our brand and aligns with our mission of giving back in the community, and with so many veterans working at our franchises, it’s a great way for them to connect with the community.

“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 and Boston 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.”

This campaign is a great opportunity for members of our frontline staff to get out in the community and partner with them to make a difference. The break from the normal day-to-day job is welcomed by our movers and drivers, and they love helping out and making life a little better for our nation’s veterans.

“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.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises give back through branded campaigns to their local communities during the fall season

It’s hard to believe, but somehow, September has already arrived. Summer is coming to a close, fall is right around the corner, and that signals a major movement for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand: giving back to our communities over the next few months!

While this is an ongoing effort throughout the year, the fall season is a particularly busy time for us as we give back to local organizations through our four, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK fall cause campaigns. These fall campaigns are great ways for our franchises to give back through different avenues which are important to them and their teams. Our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, made it a point from day one that giving back in the areas we work and live would be a top priority for our franchises, and we’ve continued to live out this mission since the mid-1980s.

On top of our four fall campaigns, we’ve also developed meaningful and impactful relationships with organizations like Convoy of Hope and Cheeriodicals, who we work with year-round as we donate our resources to help with their individual missions.

Below, you can learn a little about each of our four call cause campaigns and what they stand for. If you want to get involved with these in your area, click here to use our franchise locator and find the location closest to you and contact them directly!

Movers for Meals®

Created to support families in the community facing hunger by partnering with schools, business, and other organizations to collect and deliver non-perishable food items to food pantries and local shelters that support the community.

Movers for Mutts®

Created to collect pet food or toy donations for local shelters or organizations who care for and foster stray animals.

Movers for Military®

A fall collection drive created to show support for the brave men and women who sacrificed to protect our freedoms. Essential care items are collected and delivered to veteran’s shelters to support veterans in need.

Truckload of Warmth®

A collection drive for new and gently used winter clothing, such as coats, hats, gloves, and scarves for local shelters or other organizations to distribute to those who need them most.

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Annual Movers for Moms® campaign underway to help moms in need this Mother’s Day

Like so many things effected by the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, our annual Movers for Moms® campaign was forced to take a step back as community gatherings were halted to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

While some of our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations were still able to assist in small ways, it wasn’t to the scale we’d normally operate. This spring, however, we are slowly building back up and finding new alternatives to run Movers for Moms in a safer way around our communities.

Movers for Moms is a campaign created by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to give back to moms in need each Mother’s Day. MEN AND A TRUCK locations nationwide team up with local business, organizations, schools, and community partners to collect essential care items which are donated to local women’s and family shelters leading up to Mother’s Day weekend.

“It’s a great way to get out and show we care about the community, and a great way to let people know that we do more than just moving,” said Amy O’Brien, marketing and recruiting manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Cleveland location. “It’s always amazing to see the joy on volunteers’ faces when we make the big delivery before Mother’s Day.”

How Movers for Moms® works

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations partner with organizations such as schools, stores, banks, and more in their community to setup collection sites for the essential care items needed most by their recipient shelters. Using our specialized Movers for Moms boxes, collection sites are setup around the community and events are held to encourage the donation of items. Due to COVID-19 restrictions this year, many of these events are limited, but we still have boxes set up for people to donate on their own.

Items which are encouraged for donation include things such as basic clothing, shampoos and conditioners, pillows, blankets, soaps, hair styling products, and more. Once all items are collected, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams deliver them to the shelters in their area.

See how our 2019 Movers for Moms campaign went in the video below!

To learn more about our Movers for Moms program and how you can get involved, visit our Movers for Moms website and Facebook page to see updates and important details.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK partners with First Book to provide books for organizations that support educational equality for children in need

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It’s hard to list every way in which COVID-19 has affected our world, but one impact has certainly been on education and schooling for children.

With many schools going virtual or limiting in-person attendance, new challenges have been created for children in low-income communities who don’t have the same access to resources as their more affluent peers, and this can create barriers to learning.

This is why we are thrilled to announce our partnership with First Book.

First Book is building a path out of poverty for children in need through educational equity, ensuring equal access to quality education. They have numerous ways they work to help kids in need improve their education and we can’t wait to join forces with them while using our resources to support this great cause.

As part of our Career Move Month campaign in April – a program we designed to fill open positions in our franchises across the country – we will be donating copies of the children’s book When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree for each employee hired during this time.

“First Book believes education is the best path out of poverty for kids in need and providing meaningful books is one step to support these kids,” said Chief Talent Officer Sara Bennett. “When Grandma Gives You a Lemon Tree illustrates many important life lessons, including using creativity, patience and hard work to turn an unwanted gift into a blessing for many. This message aligns beautifully with our company’s core purpose, to move people forward.”

Twenty-five TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises have signed up to donate 100 books each and deliver books to organizations in their communities. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s corporate office will also donate five books for each hire these franchise make during this time frame.

Together, we’re looking to donate at least 5,000 copies of When Grandma Gives You A Lemon Tree to organizations supporting the education of children in need. This effort aims to make an impact during the annual summer learning gap for children whose learning may have been impacted by COVID-19.

Stay tuned to our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for more details on this and be sure to visit First Book’s website and follow them on their Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels for more information.

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A similar set of core values helped foster a long-term partnership between TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and Cheeriodicals

Since the beginning here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, our focus has been on more than just moving – it’s been about giving back in any way we can.

Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1,000 in profit to 10 local charities, and since then, we’ve continued working on new ways to give back to the communities where our franchises operate. In more recent years, we’ve partnered with Cheeriodicals as a delivery partner for their amazing efforts nationwide.

Cheeriodicals is an organization that works all across the United States to deliver their patented “boxes of cheer” to children’s hospitals and veteran’s hospitals. The goal is simple: to brighten up the days of patients in these hospitals, even just for a little bit.

The team at Cheeriodicals began working with a few local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises to help with the transportation of these boxes and before long, our entire brand was on board with the Cheeriodicals mission, setting up events to use our trucks and resources to help transport these boxes of cheer in all corners of the country.

Watch the video above to learn more about this partnership. We’re thrilled for the future and what we’re able to do working with Cheeriodicals!

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Movers for Military® allows TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises to provide most-needed essentials for local veterans

Veteran’s Day is later this week and here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we prioritize the annual recognition of the incredible efforts made by the brave veterans of this country.

We believe strongly in this and do our best to our best to ensure they receive the proper celebration when possible. However, many veterans don’t come home to celebration at all and instead, find themselves in unfortunate situations filled with hardships after their time in the military has ended.

As a company who is committed to giving back to the community – and with the struggles that veterans face when returning to normal life – we used this inspiration to form one of our branded campaigns, Movers for Military.

This was designed by us with a focus on our franchises working within their communities to collect and deliver essential care items to veterans who need them most. Franchises partner with local organizations to set up collection sites where members of the community can drop off these essential care items, which are later delivered and donated to veteran’s shelters.

“Any time we can help or assist veteran or service members, it is a good thing,” said Jeff Walker, a veteran and franchisee at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs location. “It is a small way to serve our country.”

With a number of franchise locations employing veteran staff members in a variety of positions, it’s a natural fit for our frontline staff members as they work to give back during the fall season.

“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 and Boston 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.”

This campaign is a great opportunity for members of our frontline staff to get out in the community and partner with them to make a difference. The break from the normal day-to-day job is welcomed by our movers and drivers, and they love helping out and making life a little better for our veterans.

“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.”

To learn more about the work our franchises do with Movers for Military and to learn how you can get involved and help the cause, click here.

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How TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s “THE GRANDMA RULE” helps shape the brand

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Throughout the years, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has been defined by a mindset of giving back, providing outstanding care for our customers, and making a difference in our communities.

It’s what drives our brand daily at our franchises nationwide, and it’s what inspired our list of company core values – which is highlighted by THE GRANDMA RULE®. Simply put, this means that we treat each customer the way we would like our own grandmothers to be treated. It’s a value that resonates with team members and customers alike, and in many office buildings, you can find a picture on the wall with “Grandma Eb” and the meaning of THE GRANDMA RULE.

Grandma Eb – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets’ mother – was the inspiration behind the core value, and she played an instrumental part in helping the brand get started. She offered her backyard as a spot for parking the trucks in the early days of the business in Lansing, Mich., and gave incredible support as Sheets helped to grow the brand. THE GRANDMA RULE is a fitting tribute to her contributions, and it helps carry her memory while giving our team members a great visual in how to treat all customers.

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The first TWO MEN AND A TRUCK “office” at Grandma Eb’s house.

“I believe THE GRANDMA RULE® is such an important core value because it truly represents the culture of this company,” said Lauren Trost, marketing and sales manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Chicago locations. “TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® employees not only practice this core value while at work – it is deeply ingrained in their everyday life. Before I started working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, the Lansing franchise actually moved my grandma. I witnessed a wonderful display of compassion and strength. For several weeks after her move, my grandma could not stop talking about how impressed she was with the two young men who moved her.”

The core value helps to inspire our movers and drivers when they’re out on movers, reminding them that being courteous and using great care with customers is important when representing the brand.

“THE GRANDMA RULE, to me, exemplifies everything we want and expect out of our employees and ourselves,” said Brian Stern, a TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® multi-unit franchisee with locations in New Jersey and Maine. “The idea is to treat each and every one of our customers as if they were our grandmother. If we do that, every customer will be treated with respect, patience, and empathy during difficult moving situations.”

THE GRANDMA RULE applies to every customer we work with, but it’s especially important when providing moving services for seniors.

Nearly 52% of all the moves we complete are for people over the age of 50 and based on our experiences, these can be some of the tougher moves that people endure. Whether it is downsizing to a smaller home as you enter retirement or making a move into a retirement community, these types of moves can be filled with emotion as you leave somewhere you’ve called “home” for many years. Our teams understand this, and work hard to provide care and compassion to customers as they work through this difficult time.

“Often times, a senior move involves downsizing from a long-term home, and it can be a complicated and emotional experience,” said Alexa Lanier, a multi-unit marketing director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Fort Lauderdale and Boca Raton locations. “Our customer service representatives and in-home consultants work with the customers to account for the destination of all items, which can involve multiple stops or storage. Our movers then take the time to make sure every item gets to where it needs to go.”

This training is crucial for our moving teams because it shows our customers that we are a company they can trust during this emotional time. But more than anything, it’s just about showing care and compassion during an emotional time.

“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,” Stern said. “We make it a goal to try and accommodate this any time it is requested, because we know how important it is.”

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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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises use resources to give back amid COVID-19 crisis

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We’re living in tough, uncertain times right now. The spread of COVID-19 has halted our everyday activities and way of life. While many of us remain optimistic and practice social distancing while working to stop the spread of the virus, others are still in need of help.

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, we’ve been engaged in our communities by working within the guidelines set by the CDC, as well as local, state, and federal governments. Our moving teams are still operating to the extent they are able and conducting moves in some capacity, focusing primarily on customers who absolutely have to move during this time.

While we are doing our part in taking all necessary safety and sanitation precautions with our team members and our moving trucks, we’re also working hard to give back and donate our services to those who need it most.

We’re a company that is committed to giving back to our communities in every way possible, and here are just a few examples of how our franchises have been doing their part around the country.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK volunteers to deliver face shields to Detroit hospital

Movers Derrick and Kirkland from our Ann Arbor, Mich., franchise location volunteered their time to pick up and deliver 11,000 much-needed face shields to the Beaumont distribution center.

Moving company TWO MEN AND A TRUCK donates face masks to Frisco, McKinney hospitals

Members of our Northern Dallas franchises put together gift bags and more than 100 face masks to deliver to two separate Dallas area hospitals.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Columbus responds to COVID-19 emergency call

Movers Ellis and Gerald helped respond to an emergency call for a local hospital in Columbus, Ga., to deliver a critical piece of medical equipment.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK picks ups and delivers food for Foods4Kids Backpack Program

Our Gainesville franchise helped to pick up and deliver pallets of food to the Food4Kids program, which gets food in the hands of kids who need it most in the community.

Movers provide essential services during COVID-19 outbreak

A family in Sacramento needed safe, professional moving services during the COVID outbreak and our Sacramento movers were there to help.

Wichita moving company implementing polices to keep employees, customers safe

Our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Wichita, Kansas location recently shared the precautions they’re taking to keep team members and customers safe.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchises put a strong emphasis on giving back in the community

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More than 35 years ago when Founder Mary Ellen Sheets started TWO MEN AND A TRUCK, she made it clear that regardless of how far the business went, the company would follow one strict rule: give back to the community.

She donated the first $1,000 in company profits charitable efforts and set the tone for how the company would operate. To this day, we’ve continued to live by this motto of giving back, and have went on to partner with multiple charitable organizations around the country and even started our own cause campaignsMovers for Moms®, Movers for Mutts®, Movers for Meals®, Movers for Military®, and Truckload of Warmth®.

This emphasis on giving back was recently highlighted in a piece by Franchise Business Review, where they talked about some of the work our company has done around the country.

Click below to read the full story!

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers on charitable efforts

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK’s partnership with Cheeriodicals lifts up veterans in need

 

The entire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand was founded with an emphasis on giving back to the communities where we work and live – something instilled from day one by Founder Mary Ellen Sheets.

Throughout the years, each and every one of our franchises have worked hard to use our services for good, working with charitable programs and organizations to give back to those who need it most. This mindset made our partnership with Cheeriodicals a no-brainer, as we’ve helped assist in their efforts to provide their famous “boxes of cheer” to children’s and veterans hospitals all around the country.

“I know that we’ve delivered about 90,000 Cheeriodicals boxes in the last seven years,” said Gary Parisher, the president and CEO of Cheeriodicals. “Every one of those deliveries – I can’t think of one otherwise – was with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving those boxes for us and making those deliveries free of charge.”

This fall, multiple TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations worked with Cheeriodicals to give back to veterans hospitals and provide a bright spot in the day of the residents there. Working together at team building events, our franchise teams helped assemble the gifts that would be delivered to the veterans and then delivered them individually at the hospitals.

It’s a great way to bring a little joy into the life of others as you can see in the video above. Check out some of the different locations where we delivered boxes over the fall season!

Portland company delivers gifts to veterans (via – Portland Press Herald)

“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK and Cheeriodicals deliver duffel bags to veteran facilities through month of November in honor of Veterans Day”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK assembles 100 duffel bags to deliver to the Orland VA Medical Center

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK delivers bags to our veterans at the VA Ann Arbor Hospital

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