In this time of economic adversity, many of us were forced to reorganize our finances. We hunkered down, stay-cationed and built up credit. Many others filed for unemployment, sought foreclosure information and researched student loan payment options. But as we focused on our own needs, there were many less fortunate to consider. In a time when unemployment reached a high since the early ‘80s, more and more became reliant on assistance from non-profit organizations. The increased demand of shelters and soup kitchens has been a hallmark of the past 18 months. As more people reach out to non-profits for assistance, the need for donations increases drastically, however as economic trauma remains in the forefront, there has been a decrease in charitable contributions. Charitable giving is an American tradition, however when the economy is declining and budgets are tightening, even the most generous donors tend to trim their offerings. In fact, 2/3 of charities saw a decrease in charitable giving in the last year. Westy Self Storage has always been inclined to help the community and has increased their efforts this past year.
Throughout the past 12 months, as traditionally done in the Westy family, all 16 locations further extended their involvement within their communities. Westy has hosted donation drives for many of the non-profits encouraging the community to make a donation. Many times Westy has extended their grand lobbies to host non-profits’ fundraisers and functions. Westy has donated their network of trucks, gas included, and associates’ time to help where needed. Westy believes a community should be a better place because they are located in it and has proven their commitment through a plethora of activities. Westy has done everything from providing “wish list” items to wounded soldiers with Operation Gift Cards to collecting women’s professional attire for Dress for Success. “I feel privileged to work for a company in which assisting others is part of the culture,” said Preston Moore, Director of Westy Self Storage, Norwalk location. “Everyday brings excitement and new opportunity as we uncover a cause we can support. It is fulfilling to see the difference we can make.”
“Westy Self Storage’s work in collecting holiday gifts has gone a long way in making things better for the families in need served by Kids In Crisis,” said Shari Shapiro, Executive Director of the Agency. “Westy’s support has helped to serve thousands of struggling families in our area grappling with issues big and small – abuse, neglect, homelessness, economic hardship and more. We are grateful for the assistance we have received and feel privileged to have Westy Self Storage as a partner.”
You could join Westy’s efforts and help the community. Especially in today’s economy, it is up to the successful to voluntarily, proactively come to the assistance of others. Westy strives to grow this notable initiative and needs your help. If you know of a worthy cause, call Westy at (888) 8WESTYS or visit www.westy.com/nonprofits for additional information.
About Westy Self Storage
Westy offers affordable state-of-the-art storage solutions for individuals and businesses. Westy was founded in 1990 and since then the superior quality of their buildings has revolutionized the self storage industry. Among Westy’s family of customers are homeowners, art collectors, antique dealers, retailers, and people who consider their Westy room an extension of their home or office. With corporate headquarters in Stamford, CT, Westy spans the tri-state area with 7 centers in NY, 6 centers in CT and 3 centers in NJ. Westy Storage Centers are open seven days a week. For more information visit www.westy.com or call (888) 8WESTYS.
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