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Category Archives: Community Involvement

Toys for Tots 2015

A-1 Self Storage is proud to participate as local toy drop site for the U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program!

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The goal for the Toys for Tots program is to deliver, through a new toy at Christmas, a message of hope to less fortunate children in our local communities. This is a wonderful cause to help children throughout the U.S. to experience the joy of Christmas. All California A-1 Self Storage locations are collecting new, unwrapped toys now through December 15th.*

For more information about the Toys for Tots program, visit:

*Dates may vary by location – contact your closest facility to confirm

Charity Spotlight: Afghan Youth Connect

A-1 Self Storage is proud to support such a great cause like the Afghan Youth Connect program!

AYC Photo of StudentsThe Afghan Youth Connect is a program set up to help public high schools in Jalalabad. The participating schools are equipped with furnished computer labs, classrooms, computers, professional trainer, internet connectivity, and all the necessary office supplies. There are currently 18 high schools and one central site serving two additional high schools.

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Charity Spotlight: The Leadership Crucible

A-1 Self Storage is proud to support “The Leadership Crucible: Preparing Young Women to Lead” program.

Leadership Crucible Image 1This year was the Leadership Crucible’s inaugural year. The program is currently housed at the Catholic University of South Sudan, and is supported by several sponsors. It is an intensive development program that includes regular and personalized contact with participants. They meet formally with them twice a month for rigorous workshops, coupled with as-needed mentoring throughout the month.

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Charity Spotlight: Camp Wana Kura

A-1 Self Storage is proud to sponsor Camp Wana Kura for the 3rd straight year.

Camp Wana Kura will enter its 26th season July 28-31, 2015. The first camp was held in the summer of 1989.

Camp Wana KuraThe ADA is the largest provider of camps for children with diabetes in the world, and Camp Wana Kura is the only ADA-funded camp in California for children with type 1 diabetes. Camp Wana Kura is a 4-day camp held annually in July at the Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve for children with type 1 diabetes between the ages of 5 and 12 years old and teens between the ages of 13 and 17. In 2015, there is projected to be 150 campers and 75 teen aids.

At Camp, the campers learn how to self-manage their diabetes and share a traditional camp experience with their peers by learning nutrition habits, including healthy eating and safe medical practices. Camp Wana Kura gives children with diabetes the opportunity to live life just like those around them. The staff create an environment where children can easily make friends and have an opportunity to positively talk about their diabetes.

To learn more or to make a donation visit the website here:

Charity Spotlight: Steubenville San Diego

A-1 Self Storage is proud to support All for God’s Steubenville San Diego 2015.


Steubenville San Diego is a Catholic conference for teens put on by the All  for God Catholic Youth Ministry. And it is so much more than a conference! It’s a retreat weekend and a transformational experience! Evangelistic in nature, authentically Catholic, Steubenville San Diego is a weekend filled with great speakers, engaging music, reverent Mass and prayer, and tremendous fellowship. Through powerful witness, inspiring worship and dynamic liturgies, Steubenville San Diego offers youth, young adults and leaders the opportunity to encounter Christ and to see the truth and beauty of our Church. To be loved so that they may go out into the world and love one another!

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Charity Spotlight: Iraqi Christian Relief Fund

A-1 Self Storage is proud to support the Iraqi Christian Relief Fund.
Syria RefugeesIn a statement released on Thursday, UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, stated, “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation. It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty.”

Over 4 million Iraqi Christians are being persecuted, and have been left homeless after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) bombed, ransacked, and seized their homes. The Christian homes now belong to the Islamic State. This number does not include the additional 7.6 million people internally displaced inside Syria.

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Donation to Support Lil’ Gary’s Legacy

A-1 Self Storage Lake Forest is proud to have supported the Lil’ Gary’s Legacy Ministry of Christian Resource Center.  We donated a unit for their 2nd annual Shoe Collection Fundraiser, which turned out to be a great success . The resource center was able to collect 3,215 pairs of shoes and raise $2,214.20.

Lil' Gary's Legacy

Lil’ Gary’s Legacy is a support group/center that helps people struggling with life and thoughts of suicide and depression. Gary and Kathryn Ross started the group when they lost their very own son to suicide.

To learn more about Lil’ Gary’s story and what you can do to help, visit their website:

Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon Experience

For those that don’t know, the San Diego Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon is part of a series of events that takes place in 11 different cities. There a half-marathon and full-marathon along with live music, food, and a health and fitness expo. More importantly, the runners of this event have raised more than $310 million for participating charities.RocknRoll-Marathon (1)

A-1 Self Storage is proud to share the experience of two of our very own who participated in the Half Marathon here in San Diego, Rosie Galford and Tiffany BeMent.

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Free Allied Gardens Summer Concert Series!

A-1 Self Storage is excited to announce that we are a proud sponsor of the Allied Gardens Summer Concert Series that will take place on the following four Fridays: June 5th, July 3rd, August 7th, & September 4th. AG First Fridays Concert Series logo

Grab your lawn chairs and picnic blankets – get ready to meet your neighbors and rock out to some sublime music – AG First Fridays Inaugural Free Concert Series in Allied Gardens Community Park is just around the corner!  Continue reading “Free Allied Gardens Summer Concert Series!” »

Donate Your Unwanted Items at A-1 Self Storage Now!

A-1 Self Storage is a proud sponsor of Serving Hands International. Serving Hands International is not-for-profit charity that provides aid to individuals in need. With your help, we are able to raise funds for local and national charities.Donation Box Large

How it works:

Simply donate your quality unwanted items at any A-1 Self Storage facility, and we’ll give you a tax deductible receipt. Items collected will be placed in our charity storage unit and sold at our next storage auction. The revenue collected from the auctions goes directly to Serving Hands International. We accept monetary donations as well! A-1 Self Storage will proudly match funds, dollar for dollar, up to $1 million.

Here’s where your gift goes:

  • Educational Scholarships
  • Portable Classrooms
  • Medical Services
  • Food & Blankets

Each A-1 Self Storage customer and Associate helps to make the work of Serving Hands International possible each and every day. For more information, please visit their website at

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