January 10, 2011 // Franchising.com // Ann Arbor, MI – Molly Maid raised a record $167,836 to support the Ms. Molly Foundation in 2010 by offering innovative ways for franchisees to participate and support the annual effort during October. Donations from customers were also up 20 percent over 2009 and these funds will provide much-needed support to over 110 domestic violence shelters and safe houses, helping victims of the nation's most under-reported crime.
The overall 2010 Ms. Molly Foundation fundraising effort represents a 14 percent increase over last year's sum. The Ms. Molly Foundation has raised more than $978,000 since 1996, and the company is committed to continuing to grow levels of local support and awareness. Molly Maid franchise owners chose to support the system-wide cause after witnessing the prevalence of domestic violence among their own employees. The drive happens each October, which is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month
"We are thrilled with the support of the Ms. Molly Foundation in 2010, especially in the midst of an economic downturn. This unprecedented support strengthens our dedication to the cause and the collective decision to support domestic violence victims," said Molly Maid President Kristi Mailloux. "Communities nationwide will benefit from the generosity and selflessness of contributors to this year's drive."
Franchise owners continue to recognize the importance of supporting the Ms. Molly Foundation, as the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence reports one in four women will be affected by domestic violence in her lifetime. Support of this cause helps millions of women take back control of their lives and their families' well-being. In addition to raising funds for shelters and victims, one of Molly Maid's top priorities for their 400+ U.S. businesses is to educate consumers on domestic violence through their website, in-home materials, and through social media on blog.mollymaid.com and Facebook.
Each year, Molly Maid franchise owners participate in the month-long "Ms. Molly Making a Difference" drive. Franchise owners went above and beyond to raise awareness in 2010 by hosting individual events in their markets including wine tastings, silent and live auctions, rodeos and car washes to name a few.
"Our franchise owners inspire us by giving back to the communities they serve," Mailloux said. "The Ms. Molly Foundation has become a way for all Molly Maid owners to come together in support of a cause that affects millions of families each year."
For more information on how to participate or to contribute to the foundation, visit www.mollymaid.com/foundation or contact Molly Maid at 1-800-MOLLYMAID (1-800-655-5962).
Molly Maid (www.mollymaid.com) based in Ann Arbor, MI, is one of four service companies under Service Brands International. The residential cleaning franchise, ranked No. 1 in the United Sates, was founded in 1984. Currently, more than 400 Molly Maid franchise businesses operate in the United States alone, with nearly 300 more throughout Canada, Japan, England, and Portugal. Molly Maid has been the recipient of numerous awards for entrepreneurialism, software innovation and humanitarian causes, including the Ms. Molly Foundation, which collects money and goods for safe houses and shelter for victims of domestic violence. The Molly Maid concept is recognized as one of America's most trusted names in home service. Entrepreneur magazine ranked Molly Maid in its top 100 franchises for the past 10 years, and Good Housekeeping rated the franchise as the "Best Value" among cleaning services.