In America, we love our shopping holidays! We have Black Friday on November 27th, Cyber Monday on November 20th… But Giving Tuesday on December 1st is the exact opposite of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, because instead of encouraging shopping, it celebrates the wonderful non-profit organizations that serve our community. Have you decided which organization you’ll support on December 1st? If not, let us highlight seven of our favorite local non-profit organizations for you!
1. Safe Haven Family Shelter
We first fell in love with Safe Haven’s mission in 2013, and since then, we’ve done all we can to support their great team. Safe Haven is the only homeless shelter in all of Middle Tennessee that brings entire families into their care, rather than focusing on a specific type of individual such as women, youth, etc. Their goal is to holistically care for up to ten families at a time while they find a new home to which they can relocate. The organization provides free counseling, financial classes, health plans, tutors, and other help to the family members while it puts together a housing plan for each family. Throughout the year, we love providing moving services to the shelter as they need pick-up services for furniture donations and move-in services for the families. And every year for Mother’s Day, we run our Movers for Moms program to collect Mother’s Day gifts for the shelter’s moms.
2. Nashville Humane Association
Here at the office, we’re a bunch of pet-lovers, and we probably talk our pets more often than we talk about our human family members during the workday. The majority of our movers, salespeople, and managers own rescue animals, and many of them are from the Nashville Humane Association. This great non-profit works to find “fur-ever” families for homeless dogs and cats in Davidson County, provides healthcare services for these animals, and runs the PPAWS program with the Department of Corrections, Tennessee Prison for Women. This year, we hosted our first Movers for Mutts program to raise awareness, funds, and wish list donations for the NHA!
3. Habitat for Humanity of Greater Nashville
Another great rehousing group in Nashville is the local chapter of Habitat for Humanity. This awesome group doesn’t just provide interest-free loans for new home buyers; it also walks each buyer through Dave Ramsey’s financial planning courses, facilitates an overwhelming support system for buyers’ families, and provides tools for the buyers to be able to lead sustainable lives. Two Men and a Truck Nashville loves supporting our local Habitat chapter by providing two free moves per month to its families who need help finding moving services. Additionally, our marketing coordinator, Jenni, serves on one of Habitat Nashville’s Women Build committees, and we provide gifts to the attendees of the annual Women Build Couture Construction event.
Did you know we’re the only moving company in Middle Tennessee that has a senior sensitivity training program for our moving staff? The senior population in Middle Tennessee is growing as seniors relocate to Greater Nashville for retirement and as the fields of science and medicine make it possible for us to live longer. FiftyForward is a non-profit that serves Tennesseans who are 50+ years old by providing community, purpose, and life-long learning to these individuals. With all kinds of cool programs such as Meals on Wheels, hobby-related classes, and festive annual events, FiftyForward is always looking for volunteers as well as donations! Jenni, our marketing coordinator, serves on FiftyForward’s “junior board,” FutureForward.
5. Tennessee Respite Coalition
Respite is a topic with which many people are unfamiliar, but it basically refers to a temporary period of rest and relief from a specific burden. The Tennessee Respite Coalition works to bring respite to caregivers across the state. These caregivers include guardians of special needs children, adults who care full-time for an elderly relative, and anyone else who spends a significant portion of time taking care of an individual who has trouble taking care of him- or herself. The TRC supports these caregivers by offering vouchers to cover the cost of their respite, providing volunteer companions to seniors to provide time for respite, and providing information about state resources designed to give respite. Our company helps the TRC in various ways, including providing birthday cards the organization sends to caregivers, donating door prizes to the organization’s special events, and volunteering in different capacities. Jenni also serves on the TRC’s Marketing Committee.
There are all kinds of studies that show the benefits of learning to read as a child; literacy makes school, work, and even simple tasks like driving much easier throughout life. Two Men and a Truck Nashville’s goal is to “Move People Forward,” so we love working with Book’em to encourage excitement about reading among Metro Nashville’s children. Book’em provides free, brand-new books to at-risk populations of children, including students in low-income areas of Nashville, children of Habitat for Humanity recipients, and many other groups of kids. We love supporting Book’em by making monthly visits to our assigned class of Metro Nashville first grade students to read to them and distribute free books.
7. Doing Good TV
Local non-profits always appreciate monetary donations, but they also need volunteers to support their activities! Doing Good TV promotes the spirit of volunteerism by highlighting local volunteers through its short video segments, providing resources to help discover volunteer opportunities you can be passionate about, and giving volunteer ideas to other non-profit organizations that want to better engage their volunteers. Whenever Doing Good TV has a need to have equipment and other items moved around their office or between projects, we’re happy to donate moving hours to them!