When you think about the different types of charitable projects that self storage facilities participate in, you probably think of food drives during the holidays and drives for coats and shoes. You might think about collecting toys at Christmas time, donating books to libraries, supporting high school sports teams and choirs, and helping those who are victims of natural disasters. Westy Self Storage in Norwalk, Connecticut, is helping out with something that is a little unusual – collecting sheets.
Phil Brous, Executive Director of Needs Clearing House in Norwalk, became aware that different agencies in Fairfield County are in great need of sheets. People readily think about donating blankets but rarely think about donating sheets.
So, the Needs Clearing House contacted several local hotels to see if they had any sheets that they would be willing to donate. They were able to collect 14,000 sets of sheets. That’s a lot of sheets – especially if you need to store them temporarily until they are delivered to the charity in need.
Preston Moore, director of Westy Self Storage, stepped up and offered to store the sheets in one of his unused storage units. He is happy to help out because it is such a worthy cause.
Westy Self Storage has done a lot of charitable activities. They collected items and sent them to Haiti after the earthquake. They collected books for the Summit College Club book drive. They raised monies and donated them to animal shelters. They participated in recycling drives. So, storing the sheets is just one more charitable activity in a long line of giving back to the community.
Founded about a year ago by Joe Kaliko and Fred Camillo, the Needs Clearing House works to match the needs of charitable organizations with individuals and businesses that are willing and able to meet those needs. They promote ongoing relationships between the donors and recipients. They create public/private partnerships that fill the void that the local government cannot.
Kaliko encourages charities to contact Needs Clearing House with a need of up to $100,000. Needs Clearing House will evaluate the requests and find a way to help them. So far, they have secured funding for music therapy to Alzheimer’s patients, for shelter for the homeless, for training for firefighters, and for restaurants donating food to local shelters.
Westy Self Storage has 14 facilities in Connecticut, New Jersey, and New York.
“Greenwich’s Needs Clearing House Collects Sheets To Help Families.” Greenwich Daily Voice; 19 June 2014.