Giving Back in Gainesville

The TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® core values strive on setting a high standard to giving back to the community.  Our team members work, live and love the Gainesville area and we feel strongly the best way to thank the community which has contributed to our success is to give back year after year.

Movers for Moms®

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®'s very own Movers for Moms® program, which collaborates with local business and community partners to collect essential care items for women in need is only one of the many ways we give back to the local community.  Since 2011 we've helped make mother's day a bit brighter for moms staying in local shelters such as Peaceful Paths.  What to learn how you can help?  Contact: Anyse at anyse.medwedeff@twomen.com. 

MOVERS FOR MEALS

 

Movers for Meals is TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®'s fall food drive collecting non-perishable food items to help stock our local food banks.  We partner with local schools, apartment communities and local organizations to bring meals to those in need.  We believe everyone deserves a good meal and giving to those less fortunate is just one way we demonstrate we are the "Movers Who Care®".

 

Partnerships and Organizations

DANCE MARATHON AT THE UNIVERSITY OF FLORIDA

 

Although we don't have dance skills we're happy to donate our time, services and movers each year to Dance Marathon at the University of Florida benefitting UF Health Shands Children's Hospital.  Each year several hundred students raise awareness for Children's Miracle Network and the obstacles pediatric patients and their families face by staying on their feet for over 26 hours straight.  This event is very near and dear to our heart as one of our former team members received lifesaving care as an infant that was made possible with the hard work and generosity from Children's Miracle Network and Dance Marathon. 

 

Food 4 Kids

 

Food 4 Kids Backpack Program of North Central Florida is a 100% volunteer run organization that fills backpacks with nonperishable food and distributes them to students in need.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® of Gainesville is proud to partner with Food 4 Kids by delivering large donations made by various local vendors to the Food 4 Kids warehouse several times a year to help meet the needs of our county’s food insecure families.

March of Dimes

 

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® of Gainesville is pleased to support Alachua County March of Dimes by providing manpower and transportation for their annual Spring March for Babies. The money raised by these amazing volunteers connects babies and families with critical treatments and care as well as funds much needed research.  Every baby deserves a fighting chance and we’re honored to do our part to help make their walk a success.

 

Movers for Moms®

Local Partners

Team helping GRACE

GRACE Marketplace

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville are proud to assist GRACE Marketplace with their goal to end homelessness. GRACE works toward that goal by providing safe shelter, effective services, and permanent housing solutions for people without any of the typical barriers that keep people from getting help.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville are one of many community partners that work together with staff, volunteers, and donors to help GRACE Marketplace cover the basic necessities of housing, healthcare, and employment. 

Note from JT, Director of Development:

“TWO MEN AND A TRUCK have always answered the call with whatever needs GRACE has at any given time. Whether it is delivering picnic tables so our guests can have a comfortable place to enjoy a meal outside on our campus or picking up a truckload of donated mattresses so people moving into housing can have a bed to sleep on, they always answer the call!   We are so honored and lucky to have a community partner like Two Men and a Truck.”

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North Central Florida Apartment Association

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville are delighted to partner with The North Florida Apartment Association on many of their charitable causes benefitting our local community. We understand moving and housing go hand in hand and if we all do a little we can make a big difference to help make the future brighter for those right in our backyard. Even with the challenges 2020 presented our General Manager, Anyse Medwedeff, felt that the association's motto "Stronger Together" was more true than ever.  She was able to find creative ways to continue assisting The North Florida Apartment Association to achieve its goals by organizing a week of meals to four families living with Family Promise, coordinated a collection of 4,000 lbs. of food benefitting The Weekend Hunger Backpack Program, and delivering Christmas gifts for their Operation Save Christmas benefitting the Salvation Army.  For her continued efforts within the NCFAA she was awarded the 2020 Volunteer of the Year.  As the "Movers Who Care®" we are incredibly proud to partner with an organization focussed on charitable causes look forward to giving back for many years to come!       

The Salvation Army 2020

Operation Save Christmas

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gainesville had the pleasure of donating their time and services to the North Central Florida Apartment Association’s “Operation Save Christmas” by delivering toy donations to The Salvation Army Gainesville/Alachua County. This year The Salvation Army reported over a 50% decrease in giving and a 155% increase in service requests.  Through the generosity of organizations like the NCFAA & partners like TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gainesville, we were able to bring in a last-minute donation of hundreds of toys along with raising almost $2,000 on volunteer bell-ringing day. The need was so great this year that three days before the final cut-off for adoptions and donations TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® General Manager, Anyse Medwedeff, made a last-minute plea to NCFAA members for assistance with continuing the great work they had been making with “Operation Save Christmas”.  In less than 24 hours she raised almost $1,500 to directly benefit the Gainesville/Alachua County Angel Tree program with the Salvation Army. She spent two days shopping for an additional 20 Angel Tree children bringing the final total of adoptees to 60.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gainesville is grateful for opportunities to live out the Core Values of giving back to our local Gainesville community through programs like this.  

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North Central Florida Annual Food Drive

2020 has been challenging for so many individuals but especially those living with food insecurity that depends on local food banks. The Weekend Hunger Backpack Program has suffered huge losses of donations and fundraising in 2020 and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Gainesville is overjoyed to help deliver over 40 boxes of non-perishable goods donated by the NCFAA member community to help keep the pantry full. In the spirit of giving not only did communities donate non-perishables hoping to exceed their 8,000 lb. 2019 haul members banded together to decorate fall and Halloween-inspired collection boxes. 

"Food drives like the one NCFAA and TWO MEN AND A TRUCK organize annually are extremely important to keep our pantry shelves stocked, our weekend hunger backpacks filled and rural outreach truck packed. We provide over 10,000 pounds of food each month to seniors, children, families, and individuals struggling with hunger. Unfortunately, hunger in our community is not a one-time occurrence with 1 in 5 adults and 1 in 4 children experiencing food insecurity. We function as a supplemental food resource center. Many of our clients are underemployed, working at lower-paying jobs, and finding it hard to make ends meet. Increases in rent, housing, and utilities put a big strain on these individuals and families so food is often the only area they can realistically cut back on. Single mothers and seniors often tell us they have to limit or skip meals in order to make their food budgets stretch. Once a month, they can come to our client service center or one of our rural outreach drop-off points and received a 3 day supply of food. Food bags are based on the size and nutritional needs of the family. We depend on food donations from individuals, local businesses, and other organizations to help us meet the ever-growing need. We don’t ever want to be in a position where we have to turn someone struggling with hunger away.  We appreciate the generosity of organizations like this to help keep our community fed."  -Laurie, Weekend Hunger Backpack Program

Charity Bowl VIII

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville have been big supporters of The Weekend Hunger Backpack Program in several ways over the years but we were thrilled to show off our bowling skills and support a worthy cause at the same time during this year's Charity Bowl!  As one of the main sponsors for NCFAA's Charity Bowl VIII, we helped raise almost $9,000 for The Weekend Hunger Backpack Program that provides food and support to many vulnerable families in the Alachua country area.  Every weekend of the school year, The Weekend Hunger Backpack Program provides food to over 700 children struggling with food insecurity and serves over 25,000 individuals each year.  TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville is delighted to be able to live our Core Value of Giving Back to our community while participating in team-building activities like the NCFAA Charity Bowl VIII benefitting The Weekend Hunger Backpack program. 

Partnerships

Dance Marathon at UF

For the past 13 years, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville have partnered with Dance Marathon at the University of Florida by donating services during their annual event benefiting the patients of UF Health Shands Children's Hospital. Every Spring, student volunteers across the country raise money and awareness for Children's Miracle Network Hospitals by remaining awake and on their feet for 26.2 hours to represent the hardships faced by children and families battling pediatric illness. Since 1995 Dance Marathon at UF has raised more than $24 million dollars that provides important funding for medical equipment, research grants, educational programs, and important enhancements to make the children’s stay at the hospital more pleasant. Due to COVID-19 concerns, the 2020 in-person Dance Marathon event was canceled but the dedicated and creative volunteers managed to raise an impressive $2,526,418.24 while adjusting to new challenges. With some modifications for safety TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Gainesville was thrilled when we received the call to action for the 2021 in-person event and jumped at the chance to do our small part to help make their goals a reality while living our Core Value of Giving Back to the Community.  

For more information about DM at UF or how you can help make their mission more successful visit: https://floridadm.org