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Giving Back to the Community

Giving back to the community is not only a core value of ours, it is a way of life. It started back with our founder Mary Ellen Sheets. She decided to donate her $1,000 profit to 10 different charities in her first year of business. Since then we've continuted looking for ways to give back to the community in which we work and play. Not only do we give back to local charities, donate moves, and give 10 cents of every move to the American Cancer Society, we also complete two programs each year in which are unique to TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®. Eleven years ago Movers for Moms® was created to give back to local movers in need on Mother's Day.

Movers For Moms®

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Portland belives that every mom should be celebrated on Mother's Day. However, there are many mothers in need living in homeless shelters. This is why we participate in the Movers for Moms® Campaign every spring. We will be teaming up with local businesses and schools to collect essential items such as soap, shampoo, and clothing to be delivered on Mother's Day to Family Crisis Services.

Movers for Mutts

In an effort to help abandoned or relinquished animals living in shelters, in our community, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Portland is partnering with local businesses and organizations, as part of our Movers for Mutts program, to collect pet care items. These items can include food and treat, toys and pet beds.

Our Shelter recipient is The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP). The ARLGP have recently moved into their new 25,000 square foot facility that houses many animals from cats and dogs to bunnies and critters! Not only does ARLGP house, care for and rehome animals in need but they educate the public and community youth on the importance of respecting animals and proper pet care.

Thanks to the support from the community and our collection partners The Fairy Dogmother, Windham Blue Seal and Cape Veterinary Clinic we were able to collect over 480 items for donation to the Animal Refuge League.

National Diaper Need Awareness Week Kick-off

Thank you to family, friends, the community, all of our participants and donors for the support that helped make TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® and The Jewish Community Alliance’s diaper drive a huge success. We collected 5346 diapers, 1500 wipes, as well as monetary donations. The diapers were collected on behalf of Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services an affiliate of The National Diaper Bank Network and will be distributed to community members in need.

The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to help meet the basic needs of all babies and their families…including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 300 diaper banks, diaper pantries, and food banks located in 46 states, the District of Columbia and Guam (including four programs serving local communities in Maine — Jewish Family Services in Portland, The Diaper Fund in Rockport, United Way of Mid Coast Maine in Bath, and We Care Community Baby Center in Machias, ME.

A special shout out to all of our participants; Mom to Mom, Blooming into Motherhood, The Book Fairy Pantry, The Portland PD, Crusher and The Maine Red Claws, Brie’s Best Guest, Maine Doulas, Inspire Dental, Girl Scout Troop 1410, Robyn’s Ice Cream, Casco Bay Vending, Dunkin Donuts, Odwalla and Younique Rep, Jillian Saar.

Donors; Bayside Bowl, The Green Elephant, York’s Wild kingdom, Maine Wildlife Park, The Victoria Mansion, Ten Ten Pie, Rose Foods, Monkey Trunks, Shaw’s, Maine Escape Games and Oakhurst.

Collection sites; Starry Eyes, The Portland Public Library and Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.

We are looking forward to making this an annual event and exceeding our 2017 collections in 2018!

Partnerships

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is a non-profit organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to eliminate poverty housing and homelessness in Cumberland County, and to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races, and religions to build houses together in partnership with families in need. The organization has built 78 homes in southern Maine since 1985, and through their contributions, have built homes for another 142 families worldwide. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Portland movers provide Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland home owner families with moves into their new homes each year.

Family Crisis Services

Family Crisis Services (FCS) was founded in 1977 and is the domestic violence resource center that serves  victims and survivors in Cumberland County, Maine. They provide safe and accessible services to all people affected by domestic violence. FCS helps the community by providing a free 24/7 confidential hotline, help with Protection from Abuse orders, safety planning and court processes through their outreach programs. In addition, they help to raise awareness of domestic violence through extensive community education and training. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Portland will host a drive to collect essential care items to be delivered on Mother’s Day for those living in their 16-bed emergency shelter.

Move for Hunger

We are teaming up with Move for Hunger to help feed families in our community. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Portland picks up unwanted, non-perishable food items from those who are moving and then we deliver them to local food banks. Our current recipient is the Westbrook Food Pantry. This organization is an all-volunteer non-profit providing free supplemental food to local residents on a monthly basis!

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland

The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland (ARLGP) is a nonprofit animal shelter located in Westbrook. Maine. They provide temporary care and shelter to more than 4,000 stray, abandoned, confiscated and relinquished animals every year. Centered around adoption, community education, and pet health- the ARLGP has been serving the Greater Portland community since 1911. Their #1 goal is always to find new, happy homes for animals in their care. Secondly, they work very hard to offer educational programming and services to community members of all ages in an effort to promote responsible pet ownership. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Portland is proud to partner with ARLGP for our annual Movers for Mutts campaign.

American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society was established in 1913 with the goal of eliminating cancer. They are a volunteer based health organization that uses funds to conduct research, support patients and spread the word about prevention. Since 2000, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® nationwide donates .10 cents from every move completed to help fight cancer. We are happy to announce that over the course of this partnership our organization has contributed more than $570,000.

Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services

Michael Klahr Jewish Family Services (KJFS) proudly serves those in need throughout Southern Maine. Their programs are designed to meet compelling, immediate needs in ways that demonstrate the commitment to gemilut chasadim (acts of loving kindness) in the service of tikkun olam (repairing the world). Services include an active food pantry, Maine’s first diaper bank, Maine’s only Kosher Meals on Wheels program, winter clothing and gift assistance during the holidays, information and referral services, as well as support for those living in nursing homes and assisted living. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Portland will be joining forces with KJFS to host the first National Diaper Need Awareness Week Kick-off, family festival and diaper drive.

Organizations

TWO MEN AND A TRUCK®, Portland is currently a member of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. This organization supports individual, community and business growth by offering networking and educational opportunities.

We are also a member of PROPEL a networking group aimed at helping young employees grow their careers through community engagement, training programs and peer feedback. This group also emphasis the importance of building a healthy work and life balance.

 

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