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How to Create a Giveback Program Without Breaking the Bank

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Aaron and Evan Steed were busy high school athletes looking for a job that wouldn’t interfere with their practice schedule. They found it in 1997 when a family friend needed help moving and offered $20 and a pizza. The brothers enjoyed the work and wanted more, so they dubbed themselves Meathead Movers and blanketed the neighborhood with flyers; their high school’s pay phone became their office line.

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Moving story: Evan (left) and Aaron (right) Steed of Meathead Movers.

The first inquiries came from family friends and neighbors. Then strangers. And then, the unexpected: domestic violence victims, both women and men, who had little money but needed to quickly flee a dangerous situation. As more victims called, the Steed brothers realized they’d found a logical cause: moving these people for free. “It was pretty obvious that this was an important thing for us to do,” says Aaron Steed, CEO. “I can’t think of a more impactful way for a moving company to utilize their services. You’re potentially saving a life every time you do it.”

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