Molly Maid, has raised $2.75 million in support of victims of domestic violence. The nation’s leading residential cleaning company is the only residential cleaning franchise to create its own 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, the Ms. Molly Foundation, which strives to increase public awareness of domestic violence and provides assistance to local shelters and agencies nationwide.
Each October, for the past 21 years, the franchise system comes together in honor of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month for the Ms. Molly Making a Difference Drive. Local Molly Maid offices collect funds and personal care items to donate to community shelters and agencies. In addition, franchise owners donate a portion of every house cleaning service to the cause, actively supporting the Ms. Molly Foundation. More than 80 percent of the franchise system participates in the drive.
The company recognizes a franchise owner each year for their commitment and support for victims of domestic violence at its annual convention. This year, Charlie and Megan Willingham, owners of Molly Maid of St. Louis, were honored as the 2016 Ms. Molly Making a Difference Award winners. They exceeded their $10,000 fundraising goal in 2016 through a well-planned campaign that began last August, and involved donating a portion of every clean throughout the year in addition to customer donations.
“Our team’s support of the Ms. Molly Foundation was truly inspiring and this year’s award belongs to them,” said Megan Willingham. “It was amazing to see how instrumental everyone became in fundraising, from encouraging customers to get involved to even donating their own money in support of victims of domestic violence.”
In 1996, Molly Maid Founder David McKinnon established the Ms. Molly Foundation. The nonprofit organization strives to increase public awareness of domestic violence and provides assistance to local shelters and agencies, supporting more than 100 this year.
“We’re proud to honor the Willinghams and their staff with the Making a Difference Award for their collaborative support of ALIVE in St. Louis. Through the Ms. Molly Foundation, we hope to empower our communities to stop the cycle of violence in the home,” said Molly Maid President Meg Roberts. “Ms. Molly allows our franchise owners, their employees, and customers to come together and support a cause that affects millions of women, men and children.”