At College Hunks Hauling Junk and Moving, our goal is to Move The World. We mean it in the most literal sense, but we also strive to move people emotionally. We do this by participating in and giving back to our community.
Dan Ryan and the Madison Heights H.U.N.K.S. partner with the Art Road Nonprofit to host a tailgate that benefits local students in Detroit.
“The Detroit Tigers tailgate started with one bag of donation of school supplies, and now fast forward to last year we raised thousands of dollars and also collected enough school supplies to help out roughly 3,000 students in inner-city Detroit,” said Ryan. “The Flint franchise is now also involved and helps with the event as well.”
The Madison Heights HU.N.K.S. also provide labor services for members of the National Council of Jewish Women, as well as helping move furniture and providing labor for the American Cancer Society’s annual convention.
“The reason we do what we do is we are a firm believer in giving back, even if it is in a small way,” said Ryan.
Dana Burton from the Frederick, Maryland franchise also believes in giving back to the community. She and the H.U.N.K.S. volunteer at the Animal Welfare League of Montgomery County. Burton is also a SCORE (Service Core of Retired Executives) mentor and is in the process of starting a discussion group for women entrepreneurs.
The Frederick H.U.N.K.S. also participate by picking up trash and recycling at an annual Oktoberfest festival put on by a local brewery.
They are currently “looking for a local organization where the team can bring skills in parenting, mentoring, and supporting job skills,” said Burton.
The DC franchise is involved with a charity called BabyLove.
“We assist in collecting baby supplies of all types. Then they get distributed to single moms that are in need,” said Tim Perkins, manager of the DC franchise.
Nancy Ziatyk and the Hillsborough, New Jersey franchise is “involved with the Somerset County YMCA program for years, as well as other local charities focused on ending the cycle of homelessness rampant in our communities,” stated Ziatyk.
Joby Pallipatte and the “Naples College Hunks Hauling Junk is involved with a local church during Christmas time which in turn is part of Operation Christmas Child, which is a big project,” said Pallipatte. The church is a collection point for Shoe Box Gifts for Samaritans Purse. The H.U.N.K.S. collect the cartons, load them up, and deliver them to the next collection point in Naples.
Dan Whalen and the Tampa H.U.N.K.S. are “heavily involved with the Children’s Cancer Center, as well as the Make-A-Wish Foundation,” said Whalen.
College Hunks Hauling Junk will continue to Move The World and give back to the community, all the while making it stress-free.