Whenever people visit another country they inevitably try to find similarities between where they are visiting and where they are from. Often times it is the differences that we find with other cultures that make our international vacations so enjoyable. However, it’s the things that are the same that make us feel comfortable no matter how different the foreign land is.
One cultural aspect that appears to be almost universal is the desire to help those that are less fortunate. In the business world, this is often referred to as corporate responsibility and is something most companies in the self storage industry take very seriously whether they are in the United States, Europe or otherwise.
Big Yellow Self Storage in the UK recently held the READ International National Donation Day. The hope was to collect as many books as possible that could then be sent over to East Africa. Volunteers sifted through all the donations to separate those that were in good enough condition to be sent; the remainder would be sold locally to raise funds for shipping or would be recycled.
“These resources are extremely valuable to our schools; providing this kind of educational support is one of the best ways to alleviate poverty in Africa,” said Mama Sitta, the former Tanzanian Minister of Education.
In only a few years (since 2006) READ international has sent over 1 million books to Tanzania and Uganda.
This time of year is one in which many self storage companies in the United States get involved with a charitable organization geared towards kids, the Toys for Tots program. A-1 Self Storage has wasted no time in announcing that they would once again be supporting the U.S. Marine Corp’s toy drive at all 39 self storage locations in California.
“A-1 Self Storage is proud to make a difference in our local communities by participating in the Toys for Tots drive again this year. We understand that times are tough and families are struggling to make ends meet. Many children may possibly not be getting a Christmas gift” said Brian Caster, President and CEO of Caster Companies.
All the toys that are collected will be distributed to children within each respective self storage facility’s location meaning that the donations will be going towards helping a family in that community.
When it comes to the self storage industry community involvement is one aspect that is universal, no matter what side of the pond that you are on.
“READ International first National Donation Day.” Big Yellow Self Storage; 31 October 2011.
“A-1 Self Storage Partners with U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots.” A-1 Self Storage; 28 October 2011.