TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises use branded campaigns to give back to their favorite organizations locally

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Founder Mary Ellen Sheets had a vision when she first started this brand, one that has stuck with us since day one and has shaped who we are.

Not only were we going to be the most reliable movers nationwide – we were going to make an impact in our communities.. Mary Ellen donated her first $1,000 in profit to 10 different charities in the greater Lansing, Mich., area where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK all began. Since that day, our brand has continued with that commitment, since donating more than $3 million to organizations who support those who need it most.

We’ve also partnered with many great organizations over the years – like Convoy of Hope and Cheeriodicals – but along the way, we’ve decided to create our own branded programs to give back.

There are four fall campaigns and our franchises choose one to run in their local communities:

Movers for Military: A fall collection drive created to show support for the brave men and women who sacrificed to protect our freedoms.

Movers for Meals: Created to support families in the community facing hunger by partnering with schools, business, food pantries, and local shelters or food banks to collect non-perishable food items.

Movers for Mutts: Created to raise donations for local shelters or organizations who care for and foster stray animals.

Truckload of Warmth: A collection drive for new and gently used winter clothing, such as coats, hats, gloves, and scarves.

“We really are the ‘Movers Who Care®’,” Bush said. “We need to live that out, and it needs to be a part of our culture. I believe when we run these campaigns, it builds trust within an organization, as well as in the community, when TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is helping people and lending support.”

To learn more about all of our fall cause campaign programs and how you can get involved, click here.

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises use annual fall campaigns to give back in their communities

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK was built around the idea of giving – giving back to our customers, giving back to our employees, and most importantly giving back to the community.

This was a mindset instilled by Founder Mary Ellen Sheets and is something that has stuck with the company from day one. While our brand has grown significantly since that time, the commitment to giving back has not, and this was the inspiration for us to start our own group of giving campaigns associated with TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

Four of these programs – Movers for Military®, Movers for Mutts®, Movers for Meals®, and Truckload of Warmth® – all take place during the fall season as TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchises partner with local organizations and business to run their campaigns and make a difference in the community.

The collection totals for 2019 included:

Movers for Military: 40,271 items collected

Movers for Mutts: 23,000 items collected

Truckload of Warmth: 10,943 items collected

Movers for Meals: 8,537 lbs. of donations collected

We always like to highlight some of the work done by our franchise locations after the year wraps up, so take a look below at some highlights from 2019!

Rosemary Hastings – Director of Marketing and Sales – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Charlotte, N.C.

Campaign: Movers for Mutts

“2019 was our first year running Movers for Mutts, and we felt like it was a pretty successful initial launch! We had three different events, 13 collection box hosts, and we were able to collect $200 in monetary donations and a pallet full of donations for their foster cats and dogs. We were even able to adopt out five dogs at our events!”

Partners: Halfway There Rescue

“I think it’s important to participate in these fall cause marketing programs because not only is it excellent brand exposure and to show the public that we truly do care, but it’s great on an employee and personal level and self-fulfillment to know you are making a difference.”

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Laura Gazarian – Marketing Coordinator – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Portland, Ore.

Campaign: Movers for Mutts

“We felt the campaign went very well. The intent was to collect donations of the items on their wish lists, which we did. We would have liked to collect more and have a proposed strategy to do so next fall. However, the real success was the response from the community for both the animals and for us a brand.”

Partners: Oregon Friends Of Shelter, The World’s First Dog Taphouse, and Pure Mutts Animal Rescue.

“These campaigns allow the community to see us outside of our box. They see that we are more than movers, more than just a business out to make money, and that we are also supportive of the fabric of our community. We move where we live, we live where we move. It feels good, and it brings awareness that we have the capacity to make a different in the lives of others.

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Rachel Chasteen – Multi-Unit Marketing Manager – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Charlottesville, Va.

Campaign: Truckload of Warmth

“We feel the campaign was very successful for it being our first year. Our community is very generous and seems to enjoy the opportunity to help those in need. We collected more items than expected, and we were able to supply our shelter partner with plenty of warm clothing and blankets just before Christmas.

Partners: Multiple locally owned business in Charlottesville

“I think it’s important for us here at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to grow our franchise’s roots in the community and get involved. Giving back to the community where you serve is one way to do that.”

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Ashley Hamblin – Marketing Director – TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Scottsdale, Ariz.

Campaign: Movers for Military

“For the past three years, we’ve ran Movers for Military and work closely with the Military Assistance Mission. We love attending and contributing to their ‘Operation Holiday’ event located in Phoenix. From September through November, we collect toys from our collection partners through the valley and deliver them to the MAM facility before the big event.”

Partners: Military Assistance Mission

“You leave the drop off day with the fullest heart knowing that so many children will have a Merry Christmas. We can’t wait to work with the Military Assistance Mission again – please check them out to see how you can contribute to their annual events!

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TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® franchise locations are ready to give back with their annual fall giving campaigns

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-Written by Erik Sargent

The seasons are changing, school is starting, and football is back! That only means one thing— fall is officially here.

While this unfortunately signals the end of another summer season, it’s an exciting time for all – especially for those working at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise locations around the country. Fall means it’s time for our locations to run their annual fall cause campaigns, which we designed as creative ways for our franchises to take a break from the normal day-to-day activities and give back to their communities.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has four unique fall cause campaigns, each working to help a different cause that we’re passionate about:

Movers for Military®: It’s important to us to recognize and honor the brave men and women who have made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our freedom, and this starts with our Movers for Military program. We host collection sites to collect essential care items that will be donated to veteran’s shelters.

Movers for Mutts®: Pets are family – many of us have a dog, cat, or other animal who means the world to us, and that was the motivation for this campaign. We work with animal shelters in our community to collect items and donations to improve the quality of life for animals currently housed in shelters.

Movers for Meals®: Unfortunately, there is a large number of people around the country suffering from hunger, and that’s why we created Movers for Meals. Our franchises partner with schools, businesses, food pantries, and local shelters to collect non-perishable food items that can be properly distributed throughout our communities and in time for the holiday season.

Truckload of Warmth®: In order to provide adequate clothing for those facing homelessness, we’ve created the Truckload of Warmth program to collect winter clothing. Items like coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and other winter clothing is collected throughout our communities and donated to homeless shelters for those who need it most during the brutal winter months.

movers for mutts donationsEach TWO MEN AND A TRUCK franchise location can choose the program they want to run, and most make the choice based off what means the most to their employees and the need in their communities.

“It’s important for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK to participate in these types of campaigns because we’re able to give back in such a unique way,” said Rosemary Hastings, marketing director at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Charlotte, N.C., location. “Not only we do we have the resources to manually move and transport donations, but by organizing the collection and promotion aspects, we are helping with their volunteer hours. It’s a wonderful way for our company to do our part in giving back to the community.”

Hastings will be helping her franchise location run Movers for Mutts this fall, where they will partner with the local nonprofit organization, Halfway There Rescue. They also have plans to set up some collection box sites, and are even partnering with the local minor league baseball team, the Charlotte Knights, for their “Bark In The Park” events.

“Employees [at the franchise] benefit from the joy of giving back, the community benefits from seeing what good moral our company has, and the nonprofits benefit from getting their shelves stocked,” Hastings said. “It’s a win, win, win!”

To learn more about all of our fall cause campaign programs and how you can get involved, click here.

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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 gearing up to give back this fall through charitable campaigns

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-Written by Caitlyn Laidler

At TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we live by the core value of giving back to the communities where we live and work. Locations across the country donate countless hours each year to a variety of charities, including Toys for Tots, United Way, Habitat for Humanity and more. In 2017 alone, our franchises donated more than $3 million worth of moving services.

In addition to working with charitable programs year-round, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK locations also incorporate our own community support programs in their local communities.

Each fall our franchisees gear up for various campaigns, such as Movers for Military, Movers for Meals®, Movers for Mutts® and Truckload of Warmth. The goal is for each franchise to get involved in their communities and make a difference — with more than 300 franchises operating in 43 states, our system has the ability to leave a nationwide impact starting at the local level!

The campaigns:

Movers for Military: A fall collection drive created to show support for the brave men and women who sacrificed to protect our freedoms.

Movers for Meals: Created to support families in the community facing hunger by partnering with schools, business, food pantries, and local shelters to collect non-perishable food items.

Movers for Mutts: Created to raise donations for local shelters who care for and foster stray animals

Truckload of Warmth: A collection drive for new and gently used winter clothing, such as coats, hats, gloves, and scarves.

Each of these programs are designed to raise awareness of a certain issue families and individuals are facing across the country. In response, we generate community involvement and support through the simple act of donating to those in-need.

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“This year, we decided to do Movers for Military, as it is more personal for our franchise,” said Janelle Ishman, marketing manager for four Greater Philadelphia area franchises, who partnered with Operation Yellow Ribbon in southern New Jersey to run their campaign. “We have an operations manager who previous served, and have hired other military members. We like to give back to the community, especially our veterans.”

Charlene Bush, the marketing manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Ann Arbor, Brighton, Brownstown, and Oakland Southwest, Mich., locations, is also planning to run Movers for Military this year.

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Each franchise partnered with a different veteran organization in their area for 2018, and with all of the franchises employing multiple veterans, it was a good fit for them as a franchise group and also a good way to give back. Just last week, they delivered an electric wheelchair to a 70-year old veteran in Detroit that was donated to their franchise.

“We really are the ‘Movers Who Care®’,” Bush said. “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 in the community, when TWO MEN AND A TRUCK is helping people and lending support.”

For Amy Gladieux, the marketing and recruiting manager at the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Cleveland location, she used a variety of connections to partner with seven different realtor offices, two networking organizations, a bank, a library, a dance studio, and a minor league baseball team in the Cleveland are to run Movers for Meals.

“Giving back to the community is one of the reasons I decided to work for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK,” said Gladieux. “Not only can we help out those in need of moving, but through these campaigns, we can have a big impact on the communities where we work.”

Without support from individuals and organizations in our local communities, these campaigns wouldn’t be possible. We were able to donate more the $3 million in moving services alone for 2017, and we hope to expand the reach and impact of these campaigns by exceeding our 2017 collection total of 145,000 items overall.

To learn more about our fall community programs and how you can help, visit our Community Service page, or contact the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® location nearest you.

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Making a difference by giving back: TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® fall-cause wrap up Part 2

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-Written by Erik Sargent

Although we’re mainly known for providing excellent moving and packing services to customers across the U.S., and even internationally, a major focus for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK brand each year is giving back to the communities we live and work in.

We’ve lived up to our motto – “Movers Who Care®” –for more than 30 years as we’ve worked to make a difference and an impact in the lives of those who need help the most. Our founder, Mary Ellen Sheets, made this a priority from day one, and ever since, we have gone on to start our own campaigns while also assisting other national organizations in their journey to make the world a better place.

A majority of these campaigns for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK take place during the fall months with our Movers for Military, Movers for meals, Movers for Mutts, and Truckload of Warmth programs. These are ran across our 350 plus franchise locations, where TWO MEN AND A TRUCK teams partner with local businesses, shelters, schools, nonprofits, and volunteer groups to assist them in initiatives they are running.

Each year, we like to highlight the outstanding work members of our franchises did with a fall campaign wrap up. Here’s Part 2 of our series featuring our Truckload of Warmth and Movers for Mutts programs. Be sure to check out Part 1, here.

 

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23032491_10155137186921647_1663434852797734851_nKara Berhow, marketing director/recruiter for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Des Moines, IA

Who did you work with?

“We worked with a local non-profit who runs the “Winter Warmth Drive”. They help to enlist students to organize and hold donation events within area schools. This year, there were more than 25 area schools that participated in collecting warm clothing. In addition, we partnered with Chick-Fil-A restaurants to host a “Fill the Truck” event that lasted two days.

How do you feel the event went overall?

“This campaign was incredibly successful, and it’s a joy to watch it grow each year. Of course, the need also grows with it, so we are thrilled to help as many of those in need that we can. Our teams are always thrilled to help with dropping off boxes, picking up donations, manning the “Fill the Truck” events, and ultimately delivering donations. The ability to give back is something we celebrate here, and it is a blessing to work for a company that puts so much emphasis on philanthropy.”

Alysha Tompkins, move consultant for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Folsom, Roseville, Sacramento, and Vacaville, CA

Why did you decide to run Truckload of Warmth?

“With how cold it gets in Sacramento and the unfortunate rise in homelessness, we felt it was important to help in any way we could, and Truckload of Warmth was the perfect way to ensure that our local shelter got the much needed items to provide for those people.”

How did the campaign go overall?

“For the first time ever running it, it went extremely well, as we were able to gather well over 5,000 items for those in need, and the community response was heartwarming. People were even donating after the official wrap up of the event.”

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Kayla Emond, marketing coordinator and customer service representative for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Portland, ME

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“We decided to run Movers for Mutts as our campaign because not only do we love puppies, but there was a huge influx of dogs brought to Maine this fall. The dogs were sent here for a few reasons, one being that our shelter partner, Animal Refuge League, has success rate of 99 percent placing animals for adoption, and another reason being the terrible hurricanes in Texas and other regions. The need was there, and we thought it was important to do what we could to help ease this transition for the animals and the shelter.”

Why do you think the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK fall campaigns are so important?

“I think it’s important for us to participate in these programs because it helps build a sense of community. It shows our neighbors that we really are the “Movers Who Care”, and that we want our friends, our families, our veterans, and even our animals to know they have someone looking out for them and there is someone they can count on.”

Rachel Dickerson, customer service representative for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Colorado Springs, CO

Why did you choose Movers for Mutts?

“We have not done Movers for Mutts before. Colorado Springs is a very pet-friendly state, so we wanted to get on that campaign to see what we could deliver and see how successful it could be.”

How would you judge the success of your campaign?

“I feel it went great, although there is always room for improvement. The responses we received were amazing! A lot of people came together to make donations happen, and a lot of our partners reached out to their own customers to get more involvement.”

Patti Pula, sales team lead for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Bay City, Midland, and Saginaw, MI

M4M5Who did you work with to run Movers for Mutts?

“We collaborated with Tractor Supply for our event. Our franchisee, Ashley Anderson, talked with the manager at our local Tractor Supply and he was more than happy to work with us. They placed a shopping cart at the checkout with 75 percent off all items in the cart, and people were asked if they wanted to purchase an item to donate. Our donations went to the Humane Society of Bay County and the Salvation Army Pet Pantry.”

How would you judge the success of the program?

“I think the campaign went extremely well considering this was our first year doing the campaign this way and not having a bunch of drop off sites. We took donations if people wanted to drop them off at our offices, but we planned the event to coincide with Tractor Supply’s vaccination day, which brings in extra customers every Sunday.”

Kirk Fishel, marketing coordinator for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Appleton, Green Bay, and Oshkosh, WI

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“We have many rescue organizations in our area that rely 100 percent on community support. If they do not receive support from the community, they must use their personal funds to help neglected, abused, and homeless animals. We felt this was an opportunity to help these animals and organizations by coordinating a Movers for Mutts campaign.”

Who did you work with during this process?

“We worked with the Unforgettable Underdog Rescue and the Neenah Animal Shelter. We contacted them and asked if they would like to be a beneficiary. They were ecstatic, and we collaborated with one another to promote the campaign in the community through public relations.”

Jessica Chapman, marketing specialist for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Akron, OH

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“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Akron has been running the Movers for Mutts program for the last three years in the fall. We partner with local businesses to collect items for One of a Kind Pet Rescue. We love working with them because they are the largest no-kill animal shelter in Summit County.”

How did you run the event?

“We kick off our month-long donation drive every year with a cardboard boat race the Sunday after Labor Day at Portage Lakes. Local businesses sponsor, build, and race their own boats made out of cardboard for a chance to win a puppy play date! This is a very unique and entertaining event.”

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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

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“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

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“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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Finding solutions to help end homelessness in America

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-Written by Erik Sargent

As we roll through the winter months and the holiday season, many people are spending time with their loved ones in nice, warm homes, enjoying this wonderful time of year. Unfortunately, for an alarming number of people in the country, this is not the case.

The issues of homelessness in America is an ongoing problem, one that needs constant attention and solutions as organizations and groups work to get people off the streets and into better situations.

According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, on a single given night in 2017, 553,742 people were experiencing homelessness in the United States, and approximately 65 percent were staying in emergency shelters or transitional housing program.

Homelessness increased for the first time in seven years, showing almost a one percent increase from 2016, according to the same report. So how does the nation solve homelessness? What is causing homelessness? It’s a complex issue with many layers.

Various issues leading to the problem

“Far and away, the number one cause is eviction,” said Darin Estep, vice president of community engagement for the Volunteers of America Michigan department. “There are underlying causes for eviction, but it’s usually unemployment, loss of job, or a medical condition. Almost all homeless cases result when someone does not have a support system.”

Along with the problem of eviction, drugs and alcohol can play a key role in homelessness, but another major issue is the problem of mental health.

“Some of it can be drug and alcohol related, but a great part of it is mental health issues,” said Jody Naylor, a board member for Homeless Angels, an organization based in Lansing, Mich., that provides temporary shelter for clients and helps them work toward getting back on their feet during rough patches.

“It can be people not taking their medication like they should be. A lot of our clients have mental health issues, and the other large segment is just people who have fallen on hard times and don’t know where to turn.”

One common misconception about homelessness is that it occurs during the winter months, but as both Estep and Naylor pointed out, homelessness has become such a large problem that it now has no season – it’s year round.

“It’s unfortunately a year-round problem,” Estep said. “It’s much more painful and dangerous in the winter because winter can kill you if you’re not in shelter, so it’s important to get people inside and out of the weather. But it is important to remember this problem is year-round, and we are pretty much full 365 days a year.”

Spreading the message

For organizations who provide assistance to people struggling with homelessness, aside from actually providing these services, one of the biggest tasks is making sure people in need are aware of how to get help.

For Estep and the VOA of Michigan, they work on collaborating with other agencies in the Ingham County area where they are based to ensure there is a wide web cast so people are aware they can turn to these organizations for help. This starts by word of mouth or distributing outreach cards in certain areas to spread the message.

For Naylor and Homeless Angels, they often do networking on their own, and also leave their lines open for people to contact them with issues of their own, or if they see someone struggling.

“We have a street ministry team, where there’s a team of people that actually comb the parks in Lansing and they know where a lot of homeless camps are,” Naylor said. “They work on building relationships with the homeless people in the community, because they have trust issues. Once they trust them and know that we are there to help them, that helps with bringing them in.”

Naylor and the Homeless Angels also put a lot of effort into using social media to increase their presence in the Lansing area, and receive messages on a daily basis from people in the community that will point out a person who might be sleeping in their car or in a bridge, and offer the location so the organization can go check on them.

Everyone getting involved

23032491_10155137186921647_1663434852797734851_nAt TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, we put a heavy emphasis on giving back to each of the communities we work in, trying to make a difference in the lives of the people that reside there and making the areas a better place to live. One of our top fall campaigns – Truckload of Warmth – was specifically designed to help with the issue of homelessness, and during it, our franchises partner with organizations in their areas to help provide warm weather clothing that can be distributed at shelters during the cold months.

“We have been doing this drive for several years,” said Kara Berhow, marketing and recruiting director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Des Moines, Iowa, location. “Within our community, there is a huge need for these winter wear items. We see that need in our schools and especially in the area’s refugee population. We received request for more than 12,000 items this year. Many people arrive in our city with nothing more than light clothing, and being prepared on a tight budget is a real struggle for families just trying to get started again.”

IMG_0281Berhow and the Des Moines location partnered with a local non-profit organization in the area to help with their campaigns, and also partnered with a local Chick-Fil-A restaurant to collect over 10,000 items that were distributed throughout the area.

“The campaign was incredibly successful, and it is a joy to watch it grow each year,” Berhow said. “Our teams are always thrilled to help with dropping off boxes, picking up donations, manning the ‘Fill the Truck’ events, and delivering the donations. The ability to give back is something that we celebrate here, and it is a blessing to work for a company that puts so much emphasis on philanthropy.”

How the public can get involved

Homeless organizations and companies working to use their resources to fight the issues of homelessness is great, but in order to make a true swing at ending it in certain areas, it takes the efforts of as many people as possible.

These organizations are always seeking volunteers, and they encourage people to contact them and ask for ways they can either assist with their efforts, donate, or provide resources to help the cause.

“I would say there’s three main ways to get involved,” Estop said. “One is to come and volunteer and see the people so you get a ground-level understanding of the problem. Another way is to simply come in for a tour, where we can show you around. Third is to just contribute. We take donations of cash, goods, and time. Any way people want to share with our less fortunate brothers and sisters, we are happy to facilitate that. That’s one of the main reasons we are here – to provide that opportunity.”

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® extends community outreach with four fall cause-marketing campaigns

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-Written by Erik Sargent

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is known as a nationally recognized moving company, but at our core, we are built on a strong foundation of giving back, and do everything we can to help out in our local communities through charity, awareness, and donation events.

Each fall, we run a host of fall cause-marketing campaigns across our 350 plus locations, aiming to make a difference in the communities we live and work in. This lines up with our strong core value system that has carried our company for more than 30 years, and it’s imperative to us as a brand to ensure we are doing everything we can to help those in need.

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® runs four core campaigns each fall, ranging across a variety of areas of focus.

Movers for Military: There’s nothing more important than helping the brave men and women who have served our country, and that’s exactly what this campaigns aims to do. This program collects essential items that are delivered to veterans who are currently living in homeless shelters during Veteran’s Day.

Movers for Meals: The ongoing hunger crisis is an issue that always needs addressing, and this campaign strives to provide food to those who need it by partnering with businesses, schools, or other local organizations to collect non-perishable food items that can be delivered to collection centers and food pantries.

TMT MesaMovers for Mutts: Our community outreach doesn’t stop with humans – we take care of our animal friends, too! This campaign works with local animal shelters to collect food, toys, and other essential items for pets in need.

Truckload of Warmth: The fall and winter months often bring a decline in weather, and many people don’t have the proper clothing to stay warm during the harsh winter months. This campaign works with local shelters to collect hats, gloves, coats, scarves, and anything else that can help people in our communities stay warm.

Carolyn-Chynoweth“I think it’s important to have fall campaigns for our brand because it lets people know that we care about our community year round,” said Carolyn Chynoweth, marketing manager for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® North Dallas, South Dallas, McKinney, Carrollton, and Garland (TX) locations. “Also, it helps people understand that we care about many different charities and causes.”

These fall campaigns provide an opportunity for our various locations to identify areas and groups that are in need in the communities they operate in, and offer our expertise and moving services to assist charities and organizations with their work.

Sally-Mink“I really love the fall campaigns because each franchise gets the opportunity to see a specific need in their community and help,” said Sally Mink, marketing director at TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Brentwood, Tenn. “Our fall campaigns also show we are not a one-and-done company when it comes to giving back. We are passionate about helping all year long, not just a couple months out of the year.”

It’s the people in our communities that have gotten us to where we are today as a company, and that’s why we put so much effort into giving back any way we can. We love putting a smile on peoples’ faces, and our franchises appreciate the chance to connect with those around them.

“Our movers tell us all the time their favorite part of the job is going out on charity moves or being a part of charity events,” said Jenni Hargrove, sales and marketing director for the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Nashville and Hermitage, Tenn., locations. “They know their more difficult moving jobs are worth the hard work because they allow us to fund charity initiatives that serve less fortunate people in the community. Our employees also love that we make sure they always know how they can get involved – it shows them we really are the “Movers Who Care®”, instead of just a corporation.”

If you are interested in helping us work in communities and working toward a great cause, be sure to visit our franchise locator and contact your local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® to see how you can get involved this fall!

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