Husband and wife team Erin and Aaron Steed (center and right) with brother Evan Steed (left).
The Steed Family
Young Philanthropists Set an Inspiring Example of Generosity
When brothers Aaron and Evan Steed started Meathead Movers as high school students in 1997, their wages often consisted of $20 and a pizza. Now, it’s the largest independent moving company in California.
Meathead Movers operates with a big heart. The company has made giving back an integral part of what they do. In fact, their “Move to End DV” initiative, supported by French Hospital, recently made national headlines for helping victims of domestic violence move out of their living situations at no charge.
This compassionate spirit is spearheaded by husband and wife team Aaron and Erin Steed, along with brother Evan Steed. Aaron serves as President and CEO of Meathead Movers, Erin as Chief Strategy Officer, and Evan as Co-Founder.
Their generosity is driven by a simple formula: “#1: It’s the right thing to do. #2: We can.”
About ten years ago, as the Steeds looked for further opportunities to give back to their local community, they felt that contributing to a commendable health care organization was a natural decision.
“For us to attract and retain necessary talent, we need to have world-class amenities locally, like health care,” Erin explains. “And as we got more involved with French Hospital, we realized what a tremendous asset it is to San Luis Obispo.”
Beyond financial support, the Steeds demonstrate their belief in French Hospital through many forms of service. Meathead Movers donates valuable time and services to fundraising events hosted by the hospital. Erin also became a board member of the French Hospital Foundation in 2010 and currently serves as co-chair of the Celebration of Caring Gala.
Aaron and Erin have been personally impacted by their involvement with French Hospital. In passing through the hospital lobby one day, they overheard a woman tearfully explaining how the Hearst Cancer Resource Center had supported her mother, who was battling cancer. Aaron and Erin realized the person talking was one of their employees.
“There’s actual heart and humankindness at French Hospital. It’s not just a buzzword,” says Aaron.
The Steeds have set an inspiring example as young philanthropists in their ongoing support of French Hospital and many other organizations in the San Luis Obispo community and beyond.
Their response to “Why?” is simply a question: “How could we not?”
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