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.”

North Central Florida Apartment Association

"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 business 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

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.  

NCFAAFoodDrive2020

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.