Simply’s 2014 charitable endeavors
Over the course of 2014, we, Simply Self Storage, gave $100,000 to charities and non-profit organizations in the communities to which we belong. Rather than having our senior management unilaterally decide how and where to donate, we deferred to our employees to vet and select recipient charities and granted them compensated volunteer leave to work alongside their chosen organizations.
As part of this company-wide initiative, Simply employees at all levels banded together to tackle causes like hunger, education, animal abuse, homelessness, and disaster relief.
We tied our 2014 company performance goals directly to our potential capacity for donations to local organizations such as: humane societies, animal welfare groups, food pantries, women’s shelters, and the Special Olympics. We are very proud to know we have made a positive impact in communities throughout Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, and Puerto Rico.
“…because we have achieved these goals as a company, we are able to give back in our local communities.” Jack Benbow, Simply Self Storage District Manager
Some of the incredible ways our employees impacted their communities in 2014
In volunteering for and donating to various disease fighting foundations, we worked with the following organizations to raise awareness for their respective causes:
- Jar of Hope Fund—Duchennes muscle disease
- The Simply ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE—amyotrophic lateral sclerosis
- Angels of Hope—supporting the families of children sick with cancer
We gave Special Olympics Indiana and The Arc Downriver (programs that serve individuals with intellectual disabilities by providing year-round sports training and athletic competition) the means to fund uniforms, transportation, equipment, practice facilities, and more.
Our donations to humanitarian foundations: Sharing and Caring Hands (a compassionate response organization whose aim is to meet the needs of the poor and provide a social safety net for them), Haven from Hunger (provides food donated by local supermarkets to residents of Peabody, Lynnfield and Salem Mass.), Matthew 25: Ministries (an international humanitarian aid and disaster relief organization that strives to help the poorest of the poor locally, regionally, nationally and internationally regardless of race, creed or political persuasion), and volunteering for Feed My Starving Children (FMSC) (a Christian non-profit committed to feeding the hungry in body and spirit), made a difference in the lives of individuals, families, and children in need.
We also made a positive impact in our communities through donations to non-profit organizations like: WINGS (an organization that assists battered women and their children by providing a safe house for them and helping them rebuild their lives), Safehouse of Seminole (dedicated to ending the indefinite cycle of domestic violence), Children’s Home Society (a foster care agency in Central Florida that focuses on protecting and healing children, building and strengthening families, and bolstering teens struggling to survive on their own), and by volunteering at Edgewood Children’s Ranch (offers residence for children who exhibit negative social behavior due to family circumstances).
We likewise donated to the following animal refuge and welfare organizations:
- Great Plains SPCA – Merriam, KS – an organization that saves, protects, and improves the lives of animals
- Macon Purrs-n-Paws –Macon, GA – a nonprofit that rescues animals—primarily cats—from kill shelters
- The Michigan Humane Society – the state’s oldest and largest animal welfare organization
- Satitopr.com Foundation – an institution that rescues abandoned and abused animals from the streets of Puerto Rico and place them in new, forever homes
We also volunteered at the Auburn Hills, MI Animal Shelter, the Michigan Humane Society, The Public Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) (dedicated to rescuing stray and/or abused animals and placing them in good homes), and assisted the staff at the Auburn Hills Humane Society in Rochester Hills, MI (a full service animal hospital).
Finally, our volunteers at the Linden Police Department spent a day helping officers clean up the streets of their city (one day does make a difference!).
Our 2014 Business/Volunteer Framework
Our mission in 2014 was “to meet our financial goals as a company in order to create opportunities so people can live better.” Our CEO Kurt O’Brien elaborated:
“We consider it our responsibility to improve our company results so that we can make a positive impact in the communities we serve. Whether it’s through the donations we provide to the people and organizations that need our help or through inspiring volunteer efforts of Simply Self Storage associates, we are passionate about achieving our goals so we can impact the lives of those around us. Everybody wins when performance is tied to philanthropy.”