TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Founder Mary Ellen Sheets has spent her entire life volunteering. She has given both monetary donations and her own time to help better other people’s lives. So when she started TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, it made sense to include community service in the foundation of the business.
In her first year, Sheets profited only $1,000. And even though she could have used the money, she decided to give $100 donations away to 10 different local charities.
She has continued donating to the same 10 charities every year she’s been in business. Sheets is a longtime supporter of many organizations including Habitat for Humanity, United Way of America and the YMCA. She also serves on several local boards such as the Michigan Freedom Foundation, Boy Scouts of America and Sparrow Hospital.
Her strong commitment to helping the community is shared by her children. The family’s dedication has been an inspiration to everyone in the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system. In fact, 10 cents of every move is donated to the American Cancer Society.
Franchisees from across the country dedicate both time and money to their area charities – though it’s not a requirement. This is clearly illustrated in the number of discounted moves donated by franchises; hours and truck time donated to coat and toy drives during the holidays; and the donations of time, resources, and money to victims of natural disasters. As a result of its giving nature, the TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® system donated more than $2 million in moving services in 2013.
Because community involvement is such a core component of the company’s culture, one of the most coveted awards in the system is the Humanitarian Award. This award is presented annually to a franchise in recognition of actions of a purely philanthropic nature.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations across the country collect donations for women every spring and deliver them to local women’s and family shelters on or before Mother’s Day. Franchises partner with local shelters, schools, and other community organizations to collect goods that will make Mother’s Day special for moms living in shelters. The annual campaign is called Movers for Moms®.
This year, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® will pick up and deliver the collected items to partnering shelters around Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11.
Veteran’s Day is a time to honor the courageous men and women who have proudly served our country. Unfortunately many veterans are experiencing tough times and need the help of local shelters. As the Movers Who Care®, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® aims to provide critical assistance to local veterans in crisis with a program called Movers for Military – a collection of essential items that will be delivered to veterans living at local shelters during Veteran’s Day.
Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations partner with schools, businesses, and veteran’s shelters to begin collecting essential care items each fall and deliver them to the shelters the week of Veteran’s Day, November 11.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® is committed to the communities it is privileged to serve. Through the Movers for Military program, we hope to provide critical support to the brave men and women who have made tremendous sacrifices to protect our freedoms.
To help support local families facing hunger crises around the country, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations host the Movers for Meals food drive each fall. Movers for Meals runs each October and November and ends just before Thanksgiving. Local TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® locations partner with schools, businesses, food pantries, and local shelters to collect non-perishable food items with the goal of putting more food on tables.
Movers for Mutts is a program created by TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® in an effort to help local animal shelters support and foster stray animals. This program is hosted each fall and partners with local businesses, schools, and organizations to collect food, toys, and other essential items pets may need.
Truckload of Warmth is a program dedicated to supporting local shelters with warm weather clothing including new or gently used coats, hats, gloves, scarves, and anything needed to stay warm during the sometimes treacherous winters. This program is relatively new in the past few years and began with only a few locations throughout the country who wanted to support local shelters during the cold, winter months. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® partners with local schools, businesses, and organizations to collect these items each fall and donate them to shelters in need.