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Category Archives: Community Involvement

We Proudly Support Serving Hands International

Serving Hands International LogoA-1 Self Storage is a proud sponsor of Serving Hands International. With your help, we are able to raise funds for local and national charities. 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.

Serving Hands International is not-for-profit charity that provides aid to individuals in need. Proceeds go to fund educational scholarships, portable classrooms, medical services, and 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

Donation to Support Thomas Aquinas College

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We are proud to announce our support Thomas Aquinas College!

Founded in 1969, Thomas Aquinas College is dedicated to renewing what is best in the Western intellectual heritage and to conducting liberal education under the guiding light of the Catholic faith. Four decades later, the College’s ranks have swelled to the maximum capacity of 350 students, and a roster of distinguished faculty has expanded accordingly. While holding true to its founding vision, the College has earned a national reputation for academic and spiritual vigor, becoming a model for the many new, faithful Catholic schools that have followed. The College must raise $4 million each year to meet students’ financial aid needs.

We are honored to contribute to Thomas Aquinas College. We want to continue help make this unique form of Catholic liberal education available to as many students as possible.

If you would like to learn more about Thomas Aquinas College and their mission, please visit their website at

2014 Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive Results

Toys for Tots collage v2Thank you for making our annual Toys for Tots Holiday Toy Drive a success!

Due to the overwhelming generosity of customers in our local communities, we were able to collect over 1,500 new toys to distribute to underprivileged children for Christmas. A-1 Self Storage is proud to participate in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Toys program each year, and the support this year was simply amazing! All 41 of our A-1 Self Storage locations participated as a local toy drop-off location.

We hope the toys collected brought smiles and joy to the children who received them this Christmas.

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots program was founded in 1947 by Major Bill Hendricks. Their mission is to collect new, unwrapped toys during the holiday season and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which each campaign is conducted.  For more information about the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots, please visit:

Toys for Tots Annual Toy Drive

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

The mission of 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. All 39 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.

Donation to Support the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Laughter Tour

We are proud to support the Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Laughter Tour!

Marine Color GuardThe Life, Liberty and Pursuit of Laughter Tour kicked off it’s inaugural event on October 24th in San Diego, CA. The proceeds from this USO-style comedy event benefit Lives of Promise and Shelter to Solider. These two local charities provide support services, housing, and companion dogs for combat veterans struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). All services are provided at no cost, and the comedy event was free of charge to uniformed military personnel.

Marine and SailorA-1 Self Storage is honored to support our veterans and their families. It was truly an amazing evening celebrating those who so honorably served our county!

If you would like more information about Lives of Promise or Shelter to Solider, please visit their websites.


Donation to Support the San Diego Walk n’ Roll for Ataxia

We are proud to support the 8th Annual San Diego Walk n’ Roll for Ataxia!

San Diego families with ataxia and friends are holding their 8th Walk n’ Roll, proceeds of which are used to help find a cure for ataxia. The annual event will be held on Saturday, September 27th,2014 at Tuna Harbor Park. All proceeds from the event will benefit the National Ataxia Foundation.

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Donation to Support 37th Annual Haute with Heart Fashion Show

We are proud to support St. Madeleine Sophie’s Center’s 37th Annual “Haute with Heart” Fashion Show fundraiser.

This annual event raises awareness and financial support for educational and social services rendered to adults with developmental disabilities. The Haute with Heart Fashion Show highlights professional models and community leaders dressed in the latest fashions on the runway. This event also features fabulous boutique shopping, live and silent auctions, opportunity drawings, and a heartwarming performance from the Center’s Singers and Dance Troupe.

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Donation to Support Youth and Leaders Living Actively (YALLA) San Diego, Inc.

We are proud to support Youth and Leaders Living Actively (YALLA) San Diego, Inc.

With college as the goal, YALLA San Diego is the only program in California that uses soccer as a hook to motivate refugee and immigrant youth to rebuild their lives through comprehensive academic, leadership, and therapy programs. Soccer provides an environment for each child participant, regardless of background or ethnicity, to come together and share space both on the pitch as teammates, and through schooling as classmates, and breaks down barriers among youths to facilitate a smooth transition to a communal and participatory learning environment. YALLA San Diego currently serves over 250 refugee and immigrant participants, and their capacity to serve is growing each year.

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Donation to Support the Iraqi Christian Relief Fund

We are proud to support Saint Peter’s Chaldean Church with their humanitarian efforts and fundraising event for the Iraqi Christian Relief Fund.

ICRF Event 8-27-14Saint Peter’s hosted a fundraising event to raise awareness and funding of the current crisis in Iraq and Syria. Over 600,000 Iraqi Christians are being persecuted, and have been left homeless, living in dire conditions after the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) bombed, ransacked, and seized their homes. The Christian homes now belong to the Islamic State. 100% of the funds raised at the event go directly to buying clothing, food, medicine, and basic necessities for those displaced in this crisis.

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Donation to Support Serving Hands International

We are proud to support Serving Hands International.

Serving Hands International was founded after a large family and many friends made a tradition of giving to the poorest of the poor in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico. Serving Hands has grown over the past 30 years, expanding their monetary support to partners in Peru, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, and the Philippines. The mission of Serving Hands International is to aid the poorest people in the world and strive to encourage in them self-sufficiency, dignity and hope by providing educational and vocational opportunities, food, clothing, shelter, medical assistance and spiritual guidance.

A-1 Self Storage is honored to support Serving Hands International. Regarding the recent donation, Brian Caster, President and CEO of A-1 Self Storage, said “I visited Serving Hands International’s partners in Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico and was impressed with the work they are doing south of the border. Their service and dedication to the poor was impressive.”

For more information about Serving Hands International, please visit:

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