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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® 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 continues to give back with 12th annual Movers for Moms campaign

-Written by Erik Sargent

Another spring has passed, and we are proud to announce we had another successful year running our Movers for Moms campaign at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations all across the country!

It was year 12 of Movers for Moms, a program  we designed to help provide essential care items for mothers who are facing the horrible situation of homelessness or domestic abuse. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations partner with local businesses and organizations to set up collection sites in their community before taking the items and delivering them to local women’s shelters on or around Mother’s Day.

As a company that was founded by a mom and her children, we believe strongly in the importance of moms everywhere and want to make sure Mother’s Day is special for them.

“[Our Movers for Moms program] was great for 2019,” said Fabiola Simon, the marketing coordinator for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Treasure Coast, Fla., location. “We partnered with multiple businesses in our area to set up the collection sites, and this program is great because it puts an emphasis on giving back to those in need.”

With the program continuing to grow each year and awareness spreading about the cause, our numbers continue to grow, and 2019 was one of our best years yet.

2019 Stats:

-383,236 total items collected across the system

-1,212 total collection sites (894 collection sites and 318 TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations)

-163 different women’s shelters supported

-Top 3 collection sites: Huntsville, Ala., Treasure Coast, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla.,

“This year’s Movers for Moms campaign went fantastic,” said Stephanie Mills, the marketing and communications director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Huntsville, Ala., location. “We had so much support from the beginning. In the first few weeks, we started to gather partners and had different companies and organizations calling us daily to get involved. We ended up with more than 140 partners and more than 23,000 donations gathered to benefit women and children living in Downtown Rescue Mission’s Owen’s House! We’re so thankful for how generous this community is.”

Movers for Moms is yet another chance for the entire TWO MEN AND A TRUCK family to get out and make a difference, and the response across various communities is always positive.

“The response is always beyond what we could ever imagine,” Mills said. “We wanted to double what we did last year, and we exceeded those expectations! Our community was all in and ready to give back for this campaign.”

Thanks to everyone who helped participate and set up collection sites for 2019’s Movers for Moms – without you, none of this is possible! We are looking forward to doing even bigger and better things in 2020. If you are interested in learning more about Movers for Moms or looking to get involved, click here.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK launches 12th annual Movers for Moms® campaign nationwide

Now entering its 12th year, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®’s Movers for Moms® campaign has officially kicked off at franchises across the country!

Each spring, all TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations nationwide team up with local businesses, schools, and other local organizations in their communities to collect essential care items that will be delivered to women and children currently living in women’s or family shelters.

While most of us spend Mother’s Day honoring all of the outstanding things our mothers do for us, these women often don’t have family and support by their side, so our goal is to make Mother’s Day a special day for every mom, despite their current circumstances. After collecting the essential care items, our franchises deliver the items to their local shelter partners on or before Mother’s Day.

“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 Gladieux, 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 it works

Each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location finds several partners within their community to team up with for collection efforts, ranging from area businesses to local organizations, schools, and more. They also partner with women’s or family shelters in their area as the recipient of these donations.

Collection sites are set up using our boxes and promotional campaign items, and a wide-range of donations are collected based on the shelter’s needs. Many items will include: basic clothing items, shampoos and conditioners, pillows, blankets, nice soaps, hair styling products, and much more.

Once all of the items are collected, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise picks up all of the items and delivers them to the shelters on or around Mother’s Day.

2018 success

With each passing year that we run Movers for Moms, the people we’re able to reach grows, allowing up to help more and more women and families as word gets out about the program.

2018 was one of our best years yet, with some impressive statistics that included 366,642 total items collected across the country.

Get involved

If you want to get involved as a collection partner, or donate to the campaign in your area, we encourage you to visit moversformoms.com and find a local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK location in your area to contact. Or, search your area for the nearest Movers for Moms drop off location where you can donate items.

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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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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises brighten up Mother’s Day for moms in need

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-Written by Caitlyn Laidler

Giving back to the community has been a driving force behind the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand ever since our Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1,000 profit to local charities.

This spring, as part of a national effort to better our local communities, each and every TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise collected donations for women in need during the 11th annual Movers for Moms® campaign.

Movers for Moms was created in support of mothers who are living in shelters due to homelessness or domestic abuse. In an effort to show these women the love and appreciation they deserve on Mother’s Day, our franchises work with businesses and individuals in their local communities to collect essential care items to be delivered for the holiday weekend.

M4M 1Each year, Movers for Moms continues to reach new levels of success. This spring, more than 366,000 donations were collected across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK system —70,000 more than the 2017 total. With the help of nearly 1,000 collection sites across the country, these donations were able to support more than 150 women’s and family shelters nationwide.

In addition to reaching record-breaking numbers, franchises went above and beyond to spread awareness and make Mother’s Day extra special for moms who need it most.

“Aside from gathering donations, [our franchise] provides gift baskets to each of the mothers living in the shelter on Mother’s Day, and gift bags to every woman in the shelter whether they are a mother or not,” said Miriam Berrouet, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Myrtle Beach Marketing and Human Resource Manager. “Everyone gets to feel special on Mother’s Day!”

For Berrouet, Movers for Moms is more than just part of her job. South Carolina ranks among the states with the highest rates of domestic abuse against women.

Movers for Moms is an initiative that means a lot to me,” she said. “Whenever I speak about Movers for Moms, I speak about it with passion. When you speak about something passionately enough, your passion becomes contagious and people want to help you with your cause.”

Berrouet’s passion for the program and dedication to supporting the women in her community led the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Myrtle Beach location to being one of the top preforming franchises in the 2018 Movers for Moms campaign. With the help of five collection sites, Berrouet and her team raised nearly 14,000 donations for their local family shelter.

Just up the coast, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Charlotte Marketing Director Rosemary Hastings painted the town purple in honor of Movers for Moms®.

M4M 2“We have had two buildings in the Charlotte skyline go Movers for Moms purple in years past, but this year I wanted to paint the town purple,” Hastings said. “I made a dozen Movers for Moms packets and took the afternoon to walk around to each sky rise and asked the front desk if they had a lighting program and if so, would they be on board to support local moms on Mother’s Day.”

“On Saturday, May 12, we had six buildings on the skyline go purple and my mission is to get the remaining four on board for next year,” Hastings said.

It’s this kind of extra effort that makes Movers for Moms grow in success each spring, and we’re proud of the impact our system is able to make in the communities where we live and work.

M4M 3.jpgSpecial recognition goes to our St. Louis, Madison, Charlotte, Myrtle Beach, and Boynton Beach locations for their large-scale campaigns. Together, they raised 90,000 donations for shelters in their communities.

To learn more about how you can be involved with Movers for Moms in the future, visit our website, here.

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Women’s shelters nationwide work tirelessly to provide safety for those in need

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Flowers, gifts, family get-togethers, and immense appreciation are just a few things that make up Mother’s Day each year.

Unfortunately for some mothers and women, a joyous day of celebration isn’t always on option on Mother’s Day – or any day. Domestic violence is a never-ending issue nationwide, with a staggering three out of every 10 women facing some form of domestic violence in their lifetime, according to The National Domestic Violence Hotline.

It’s an issue that many try to brush to the side, but one that needs to be talked about, as women from every community around the country struggle to find safety, help, and peace. Where do these women go if they can’t find safety in their own homes, for themselves, and their kids? A major resource for women in these terrible situations comes from the help of women’s shelters, which aim to not only give them a place to seek refuge during moments of domestic violence, but also the resources to find stability in their life again and get back on track in an independent manner.

Organizations like the Genesis Women’s Shelter, based in Dallas, work diligently to be as accommodating as possible for women of domestic violence, as they try to strategically maneuver around the obstacles involved in cases like these and provide the necessary care.

“Genesis provides shelter, safety, and support for women and children who have experienced domestic violence,” said Bianca Jackson, senior director of funds and community development at Genesis. “Our goal is to remove every single road block she is going to face on her journey to this abuse-free life that she deserves, and that can be different for every woman.”

Every domestic violence case is different, and a big step for places like Genesis is figuring out each patient’s specific situation and needs to get where they need to be. Whether it is physical or emotional damage, domestic violence can take many forms, and the type of support one women may need might not work for someone else.

Genesis takes in women who have experienced what they call “intimate partner violence”, and that’s where they target their relief efforts for the women of the Dallas area.

“Basically, she’s been hurt by someone she is in a relationship with, or someone who she was in a relationship with,” Jackson said.

Outreach by the Genesis staff can take many forms, but most women inquire about coming to the shelter by reaching out to Genesis’ 24-hour emergency hotline.

“Does she need a place to stay, or does she need to talk to someone? As long as we have space to protect her, we tell her to come,” Jackson said. “She doesn’t have to bring anything with her, and in most cases, they don’t have anything because they are leaving while he’s at work, he jumped in the shower, or he’s on a business trip, and she gets out of there. When she walks in our doors, we provide food, clothing, a private room, and the immediate support that she’s going to need.”

Each woman who enters the doors at Genesis starts with counseling treatment before shifting to what specific things they might need to get out of their situation. Everything from figuring out if a change of jobs is needed to determining where their next residence will be, as the threat of the abuser going to where he thinks the woman might be is always present.

One of the biggest factors that comes into play with a domestic violence situation is financial, because according to Jackson, nearly all domestic violence relationships contain some type of financial abuse, too.

“We sustain them while they are here, and we also help them with financial planning,” Jackson said. “In 99 percent of all of these relationships, financial abuse is present, so she doesn’t have access to her money. Even if she’s working, she has to put her money in his account or he doesn’t allow her to work. So we provide financial planning to get her prepared for life after she leaves the shelter.”

Another major benefit Genesis offers – and something that would often get overlooked by someone on the outside looking in – is resources for the children she might have.

If a woman brings her children with her, they are no longer able to go to school because their father could go looking for them and he has the right to pull them out of school, putting the woman in a situation where she would have to go back home to get the kids.

“For the six-week period [she is here], her children can enroll in our school that is on-site with trained therapists that know what these children are experiencing, and that can provide them with a safe education while they are here,” Jackson said.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® making a difference

Appleton 2A company who takes this issue very seriously – and who tries to make a difference by helping every spring – is the international moving company, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Founded in 1985 by a mother herself, Mary Ellen Sheets, and her two sons, Jon Sorber and Brig Sorber, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK developed its own way to make a difference by helping women’s shelters i across the country with its national Movers for Moms® campaign.

Franchise locations throughout TWO MEN AND A TRUCK partner with local shelters and community organizations in their community to collect essential care items for women and children that are then delivered by the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK moving teams to various women’s shelters. It provides the company a way to not only a make a difference in the lives of these women, but also to raise awareness to the public.

“Our franchise is so into Movers for Moms, we love it,” said Shalimar Rydzik, marketing coordinator for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Waukesha, Wis., location. “Personally, I feel having a respected woman as our franchisee makes us a little more connected to the campaign and what it means to the women in our community. [This campaign] really forces [all] of us to look at the world from a wider perspective, and encourages to care more about the greater good.”

In 2017, Movers for Moms ran in all 42 of the states that TWO MEN AND A TRUCK operated in, supporting a large number of different shelters. More than 295,000 gifts were donated to these shelters, and over the 10 years the company has been running Movers for Moms, more than 1 million items have been donated.

To find out more about Movers for Moms and how you can get involved, click here.

Get involved

For Genesis and other shelters, the goal at the end of the day is to help women in these terrible situations find stability and peace. Genesis encourages anyone in the Dallas area to visit the “Be Her First Step” page on their website, which provides a detailed breakdown on the necessary steps to take for women – or people who know women – in situations of domestic violence.

For those outside of the Dallas area who are interested in helping, be sure to research shelters and organizations in your area working with this cause to find out ways you can donate to their facilities or assist with their work.

 

Movers for Moms® aims to make 2018 Mother’s Day special for moms in need

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-Written by Erik Sargent

The importance of mothers in the world could not possibly be put into words, and taking care of the moms in all of our lives is something we take very seriously here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®.

Since the company’s beginning when it was started by a mom, Mary Ellen Sheets, and her two sons – Brig and Jon – we’ve put a heavy emphasis of working to honor and support the mothers in our communities any way we can. This motivation was the driving force behind the creation of one of our most important campaigns – Movers for Moms.

Movers for Moms is run by each franchise location in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK network, and was developed with the idea of making Mother’s Day special for the mothers and families who have fallen on hard times.

Franchises partner with local business and organizations to set up collection areas, where people are encouraged to bring essential care items that are then delivered to partnering shelters by our moving teams in time for Mother’s Day.

“[Movers for Moms] is a great way to show we care about the community, and let people know we are more than just a local moving company,” said Amy Gladieux, marketing and recruiting manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Cleveland location. “For me, it’s about educating people in the community that the shelters could use our help. It’s so amazing to see the joy on volunteers’ faces when we make the big delivery before Mother’s Day. They are so grateful for what we can do for the shelter.”

Movers for Moms has continued to grow exponentially each year since it was developed, and every spring we’re able to expand our reach a little bit farther and make more of a difference for the people who need our assistance.

2017 was a record-breaking year for the campaign, as we were able to collect more than 295,000 items that were donated to shelters all across the country. These donations go a long way in helping moms get back on their feet, and also helps them enjoy a special Mother’s Day during a difficult time in their lives.

“I’ve always thought that Movers for Moms was an important initiative for us because it shows we are much more than just a moving company,” said Joe Malacky, marketing specialist for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Akron location. “One of the biggest compliments I get as a marketer for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is the amount of community involvement we do, and how much we give back. Movers for Moms is a great example of this, especially here in Akron.”

In the 10 years the program has been running, more than a million items have been donated to shelters across the country. For the year of 2017 alone, we partnered with over 800 businesses, schools, and other community programs to make sure we help as many people as possible.

This year, the system is ready to get back out and help as Mother’s Day quickly approaches, and our franchises are ready to continue making a difference with new and exciting ideas.

“We have a really good mix of partners this year, consisting of daycares, coffee shops, banks, libraries, insurance companies, title companies, and more,” said Shalimar Rydzik, marketing coordinator for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Waukesha location. “Associated Bank is a big partner this year, because they have 14 branches participating over Southeast Wisconsin. To sweeten the pot, Southeast Wisconsin co-op is working together to offer a free breakfast or lunch to the Associated Bank branch that collects the most items. With our Waukesha franchise, we are also offering this prize to the community that collects the most items.”

The franchises get creative in who they decide to partner with to help set up their collection sites and raise awareness, like the Akron franchise, who uses the power of baseball to work their campaign.

“This is the second year that we’ve partnered with the Akron Rubber Ducks (Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians) for The Battered Women’s Shelter Night at Canal Park,” Malacky said “The first 200 fans to bring a donation will receive a free ticket to the game. Truckie and the BWS president will also be throwing out the first pitch, and the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Akron and BWS teams will be there with games and prizes, as well as passing out info on the shelter.”

We’re proud of all the hard work that’s put in by our franchise locations to work with women’s shelters and help make Mother’s Day a positive one for moms who need it most. If you’re interested in partnering with us for the Movers for Mom campaign, reach out to your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise to see how you can get involved.

In the meantime – be sure to check out this recap video from our 2017 Movers for Moms campaign!

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Making a difference by giving back: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® fall-cause wrap up Part 1

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-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!

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IMG_8606Amy 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

Movers For Meals 2017Who 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.”

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Eugenia Parlow, Regional Sales and Marketing for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK in Tampa, Ocala, The Villages, and Pasco County, FL

IMG_0200How 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

IMG_0693Why 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

Movers for militaryWhy 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

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“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.”

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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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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® lends a helping hand to mothers in need across America

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Movers for Moms® from our TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Charlotte location.

-Written by Erik Sargent

Giving back to the communities we work and live in is what drives the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® brand each and every day. Founder Mary Ellen Sheets donated her first $1,000 in profit directly to charities and since then, giving back to the community has been a top focus throughout our system.

Our franchises across the country participate in and run numerous charitable events throughout the year, but none compare to our annual Movers for Moms® campaign each spring. A campaign started in-house by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® 10 years ago, it aims to provide essential care items to women who are facing homelessness or domestic violence and living in shelters throughout the country.

These women aren’t able to receive the love and care that most mothers receive on Mother’s Day, and we make it a point to ensure they are appreciated by spending the spring months partnering with organizations and shelters to collect donation items. Each TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise participates in Movers for Moms®, making sure our reach is felt from coast to coast.

“We take so much pride in community service events here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, including our own Movers for Moms® program,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® CEO Jeff Wesley. “We celebrated our 10th year of giving back to mothers in need. It’s a blessing that our brand is in position to give back, and we thank all of our locations for the support and passion they put into this important program and the impact they have on communities. We are proud to move people forward and do our part to change lives.”

dukenascarpurpleWith each passing year, the Movers for Moms® word spreads, and the success of the campaign continues to grow. 2017 saw the most impress year of collections yet, and showed how much hard work is being put in by all participants.

More than 295,000 items were collected across the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system, exceeding the 2016 collection total by 10,000. These collection items were able to provide support to more than 250 different shelters across the United States.

Even more exciting, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations were able to secure 810 franchise collection partners for the campaign, and with each location as a drop off location for the community to give donations, there were more than 1,000 collection sites spread across the country this year. Our Sacramento, Lansing, Charlotte, Nashville, Des Moines, Ann Arbor, Myrtle Beach, and Miami locations also stood out as some of this year’s go-getters. All collected 5,000 or more donations items in 2017.

“We were extremely happy with how our Movers for Moms® campaign went this year. Our donation box and special event hosts helped us collect over $1,200 in donations and over 10,000 items,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Charlotte Marketing Manager Rosemary Hastings.

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Movers for Moms® from the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Mesa location.

On the opposite side of the country, the same levels of success were also seen as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® worked to help collect these donation items.

“We were very successful, and had a 20 percent increase in donations over last year,” said TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Mesa Marketing Coordinator Jennifer Merkel. “This is attributed to finding corporate partnerships where we were able to place collection boxes in businesses with multiple locations. We also held a few donation drives. These didn’t bring a lot of impromptu donations, but they gave us the opportunity to talk about the charity, and many people were excited to return to the locations with donations at a later date.”

To learn more about how you can be involved with Movers for Moms® in the future, visit our Movers for Moms® page, here.

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