ANN ARBOR, Mich. - October 10, 2014 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - By the end of October, Molly Maid, the nation's largest residential cleaning company, will have raised more than $2 million since 1996 to support victims of domestic violence through its charitable arm, the Ms. Molly Foundation. Each year the franchise system has banned together during October – National Domestic Violence Awareness month – to aid local domestic violence shelters and agencies through the United States.
More than 75 percent of Molly Maid franchise owners donate a portion of sales to the Ms. Molly Foundation – many of those giving on a year-round basis. Owners also host auctions and other fund-raising events to raise awareness and money for more than 120 local domestic violence shelters across America.
"One in four women is affected by domestic violence and these women, sometimes with their children, are forced escape the situation and relocate without any of their belongings," said Meg Roberts, president of Molly Maid. "With our customers' continued generosity and system-wide support from franchise partners, we are thrilled we will exceed $2 million in support of a cause that is near and dear to our hearts."
During this time, Molly Maid is hosting its annual Making a Difference Drive, in which the company helps raise money and awareness around the growing number of children affected by domestic violence. Starting now, people can make a donation and change a life by visiting https://www.mollymaid.com/why-maid/ms-molly-foundation/make-life-bearable/teddy-bear-donation. Each tax-deductible donation of $25 or more will provide a Gund Teddy Bear from the Chelsea Teddy Bear Company and tote bag to a child in a shelter, helping to make life a little more bearable. The remaining proceeds will be donated to the shelter as a financial contribution.
Last year's Making a Difference Drive raised nearly $330,000 – 37 percent over 2012. Molly Maid hopes to continue exceeding previous years when it comes to raising monetary and supply donations. For more information on how to contribute, visit www.ms.molly.org.
Molly Maid, the residential cleaning franchise, cleaned more than 1.6 million homes last year alone. Founded in 1979 and franchising since 1984, Molly Maid established the Ms. Molly Foundation to raise awareness and support for victims of domestic violence in 1996. Currently, more than 450 Molly Maid units are operating in the United States alone, with an additional 200 operating throughout Puerto Rico, Canada, Japan, England and Portugal. Molly Maid has consistently ranked high in Entrepreneur magazine's Franchise 500 listing and has been the recipient of numerous awards for entrepreneurialism, software innovation and humanitarian causes. Based in Ann Arbor, Mich., Molly Maid is part of a family service companies under Service Brands International which also includes Mr. Handyman and ProTect Painters. For more information, visit the Molly Maid website at www.mollymaid.com.