-Written by Erik Sargent
At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we’re all about giving back to the communities where we work and live, while making a difference in peoples’ lives. Going above and beyond the moving services we offer, we always look for different ways to provide assistance and care to those who need it, and show why we’ve earned the motto “Movers Who Care®”.
Our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, made it a staple of the brand to give back to local charities with our time and resources, as it shows we are more than just a moving company. Over the course of more than 30 years, we have not only worked with various charitable organizations all over the country, but have also started our own charitable programs centered on giving back.
These campaigns take place during the fall months heading into the holiday season, and include Movers for Military, Movers for Meals, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth.
Across our more than 350 locations, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK teams partner with volunteer groups, local businesses, schools, shelters, and nonprofits to assist in helping the mission of these specific campaigns. As each year goes by, we like to highlight some of the work our franchises do in the community with these campaigns.
First up – Movers for Military and Movers for Meals in part one of our fall campaign wrap up!
Movers for Meals
Amy Gladieux, Marketing and Recruiting Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Cleveland
How did your Movers for Meals program go in 2017?
“The response was amazing this year! We did Movers for Meals for the first time in 2016, and this year, we had an additional 100 items donated to the cause. I think the success comes from people who remember about it the year before, and we had exposure in a community paper.”
Who did you work with?
“I’ve been involved with an organization in the fall that collected food for the past five or six years, and I thought it was a good opportunity to partner with them for Movers for Meals. One of the main events was with the local chamber who has a bowling event where people can earn extra raffle tickets for donations they bring to the event. I’ve had pretty good success partnering with libraries, also.”
Sarah Bullard, Sales & Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK North Mississippi
Who did you work with during the process?
“We partnered with several different types of businesses such as local apartment communities, storage facilities, and realtor groups. Many of which we were well acquainted with due to our involvement with the chambers in our area. One of the best locations that we were able to partner with actually ended up being a local apartment complex called Oak Hallow, who contacted us to participate for a second year! They loved the response they had from their residents in the previous year, and were eager to help us once again. We were thrilled to see their excitement and desire to partner with us for such a great cause!
Why Movers for Meals?
“We decided to run Movers for Meals after becoming aware of a huge need for canned goods and nonperishables by a local organization called “Heartland Hands”. We were first introduced to this organization through our involvement with several of the Chambers in our community. Movers for Meals was the perfect campaign to help our location impact our community in their time of need.”
Movers for Military
Eugenia Parlow, Regional Sales and Marketing for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Tampa, Ocala, The Villages, and Pasco County, FL
How long have you been running the Movers for Military program?
“We’ve been doing this program for six years, and have made it a part of our continuing efforts to aid homeless veterans and their families. [We worked with] schools, universities, daycares, golf courses, and real-estate offices. We collected 13,000 items.”
Why do you think it’s important to run these campaigns?
“It is very important to continue our efforts in aiding our veterans. Unfortunately, some veterans have given so much that they are unable to fathom what is being done for them. We need to show them we appreciate what they have gone through.”
Stefanie Shook, Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Pasadena, CA
Why did you choose Movers for Military?
“We had a lot of success running it last year, and we have built a great relationship with our charity, New Directions for Veterans. They are very active in the community, and do a lot of good for the homeless veteran population in Los Angeles, which happens to be the largest in the nation.”
How did this year’s campaign go?
“The campaign was a huge success, and it really got our staff pumped up! It was exciting to see the donations pour in. Last year, we had six donation partners and collected 1,800 items. This year, we had 27 donation partners, and collected 6,700 items plus an additional $1,300 in gift cards!”
Jade Tinner, Marketing Lead for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Fort Worth, TX
Why did you choose to run Movers for Military?
“We chose to run Movers for Military in our Fort Worth locations because we have a large amount of veteran organizations, military bases, and organizations to end homelessness in the area. It just seemed like the perfect fit. Also, we have several veterans on our team.”
Who did you work with for your campaign?
“From start to finish, we worked very closely with the Tarrant county Homeless Coalition and Catholic Charities Fort Worth. Both organizations have their own veterans’ initiatives working to help homeless veterans transition to housing and employment.”
Charlene Bush, Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Ann Arbor, Brighton, Brownstown, and Oakland SW, MI
Why Movers for Military?
Both myself and Alan Oversmith, our franchisee, come from military families, so we were both very passionate about running this campaign. In addition, we have veterans that now work at each of our locations as movers or drivers. This fall campaign was a great way to both honor them and show our appreciation for their service to our country.”
Who did you partner with during this process?
“We worked with the Livingston County Veterans Service Agency, Downriver for Veterans, Michigan Ability Partners, and Vets Returning Home. We organized a “Stuff a Truck” event in each of our locations. The organizations, the local chambers, and some local radio stations helped us to get the word out about each event.”
Andrew Marrotte, Marketing Manager for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Northwest-Phoenix and Southwest-Phoenix, AZ
How did the campaign go overall compared to previous years?
“When all was said and done, there was more than 10,000 donations for the cause. Our location had more donations this year than ever before, and our staff is really proud to have been a part of it.”
What was the overall response to your efforts?
“There was a big event that was put on for the recipients of the donations at the Air Force base here. All of the active duty military in the area were invited, and over 1,600 people left at the end of the day with full stomachs and trash bags full of presents for their family members. On top of the toys and food were bounce houses, face painting, cookie decorating, and picture booths. Needless to say, the response was pure joy.”
Thanks to all of the organizations that helped us run these campaigns, and thanks to all of the outstanding employees at our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises for making a difference in the community. Stay tuned for Part 2 of this blog series!
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