Business donates goods to veteran-based or charitable organizations in Worcester
(Feb. 7, 2020) One man’s trash can be another man’s opportunity to give back, according to Ocean Pines resident Carol Vaillancourt, once she started her own JDog Junk Removal & Hauling franchise in Worcester County.
JDog Junk Removal & Hauling is a national franchise with over 200 territories (or franchises) that offers multiple services, such as furniture and trash removal and transportation of merchandise or current furniture to be moved to a new house or building.
“We go into people’s homes or businesses and remove unwanted items, whether that is one single sofa or cleaning out an entire garage or attic,” Vaillancourt said. “Seniors that are moving from their big single-family home to a condo or assisted living, we help a lot of those people. When businesses move or just need to change out their displays or whatever, we clean out those areas as well.”
JDog franchises can remove old appliances, refrigerators, carpets, couches, mattresses, TVs and nontoxic waste materials as well as construction debris, electronic waste, yard waste, tires, scrap metal and building or office furniture.
After collecting unwanted furniture, JDog Junk Removal & Hauling attempts to recycle and reuse as much as possible to be economically sustainable.
Vaillancourt has been donating unwanted new or gently used furniture to veteran-based or local organizations and charities such as Atlantic General Hospital, the American Legions, the ReStore and Coastal Hospice.
“We try to find different places that can use the items, whether it’s a charitable organization that will just take the items and resell them or if we just happen to find something that [we might need],” Vaillancourt said. “It’s not necessarily junk; it’s unwanted or an over supply or out of style. If it’s reusable, we’re going to try all the different avenues to get it to a new home versus just going to the landfill.”
The company was created by Army veteran Jerry Flanagan. Each JDog Junk Removal & Hauling location is owned by a veteran or a veteran’s family member.
Vaillancourt is a logistics officer for the Army National Guard and is currently stationed in Delaware. She had first heard of JDog when she was deployed in Madison, Wisconsin in 2017.
Vaillancourt and her husband, Paul, moved to Ocean Pines in August and started their own franchise in November.
“In Madison, I started working for a company that owns several JDog locations,” Vaillancourt said. “I worked for that company for a couple of years, and then we moved here in August and we bought our own franchise.”
Currently, there are two full-time employees, including Vaillancourt and her husband, and two part-time staff members.
“We like to support other veterans through employment as well,” Vaillancourt said. “We try to employ veterans or veteran family members. Hopefully as we ramp up and grow, we’ll be able to employ more people. Our goal is that by summer we would have a crew of six people or so.”
Vaillancourt’s franchise covers the entire Worcester County area, ranging from Ocean City to Pocomoke City, and as far west as Salisbury. This is considered her “territory.”
“A lot of people don’t have the manpower to get their stuff out of wherever it is and into a dumpster,” she said. “If you do have the manpower, you can rent a hard dumpster and you can fill it up yourself and then we’ll take it to the landfill or send it off to be donated.
“It’s like any other service where people could do it themselves,” Vaillancourt continued. “Just like mowing your lawn … you could mow your lawn yourself, but you might not have the ability or the time or resources.”
Costs depend on what services are required. Much of the services are priced based on volume or hours required to perform the task.
“It’s hard to give specific prices,” Vaillancourt said. “What we do is we offer a free estimate … but the way we price our junk removal service is by volume, so it really just depends on how much stuff you have. It really is specific by job. The best thing is for people to call us.”
Vaillancourt’s JDog Junk Removal & Hauling services are available six days a week, Monday through Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., although appointments before or after hours may be available.
“We’re just really happy to be here to serve the community,” Vaillancourt said.