Community Service in Kalamazoo
There has been a lot of growth for TWO MEN AND A TRUCK® Kalamazoo over the years. We are thankful for the amazing support our communities have given us. In addition to our growth, we have been able to watch the local community flourish around us. Our location proudly lives the “give back to the community” core value. In 2015, we donated over nearly 300 hours of service to local charities like Loaves and Fishes, Eleanor House, Toys for Tots, Big Brothers Big Sisters and many others.
TWO MEN AND A TRUCK Campaigns
Movers for Moms®
The Movers for Moms® objective is to provide women living in domestic abuse or homeless shelters with essential items such as soap, toothpaste, food, etc. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK will partner with local schools, businesses, and other organizations starting late March each year to collect these item up until Mother’s Day.
In its ninth year, the national program continues to grow and gain additional success. In 2016, the Kalamazoo program collected more than 8,500 items for mothers across the country staying in hundreds of shelters. With a goal of collecting 4,000 items to provide two local women’s shelters a wonder Mother’s Day, we had quite the job ahead of us. However, we are so happy to share with you that our local community made this a success. Together, we collected numerous items and over $875.00 to ensure our local displaced mothers were celebrated on Mother’s Day. Donated items included small gifts, lotions, books, clothing and personal care products. This year’s program benefited the YWCA Kalamazoo domestic violence shelter and The Kalamazoo Gospel Women’s Homeless Shelter.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY
The American Cancer Society is the nationwide, community-based, voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer, through research, education, advocacy, and service. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK works closely with The American Cancer Society on many levels including charity moves, sponsorships and community outreach events.
KALAMAZOO GOSPEL MISSION
The Kalamazoo Gospel Mission offers emergency provisions, such as shelter, food, clothing, hygiene products and more, to families and individuals facing hardships. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has chosen this non-profit as one of our recipients who receive our donations through Movers for Moms®. Donations were supplied to the two floors in the women's shelters. The Good Samaritan program is the first level of the shelter services. It offers any woman a safe place to sleep for the evening. The second level of the women's shelter is the general Shelter, which is divided into three parts: Single's Dorm, Women's Dorm and Family Shelter. This program offers more stability and is a short term solution for women, children and families looking for emergency housing.
THE SALVATION ARMY
The Salvation Army is an international charitable non-profit/religious organization. It has a presence in 126 countries, running charity shops, operating shelters for the homeless, and providing disaster relief and humanitarian to developing countries. The Salvation Army first opened its work in Kalamazoo, MI in 1886. Today, TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has partnered with The Salvation Army during our Truckload of Warmth programs. We have also donated our services throughout the year for additional charity needs.
The YWCA of Kalamazoo was founded in 1885 by Ida Stearns, the first YWCA established in Michigan. The YWCA of Kalamazoo achieves its mission of eliminating racism and empowering women through programs and services operated by their Children's Center, Community & Member Services, Domestic Assault Program, Sexual Assault Program and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. TWO MEN AND A TRUCK has chosen to name The YWCA as one of our recipients of Movers for Moms® annually.