Steve Yapp, owner of a Ventura, Calif.-based PODS moving and storage franchise, recently hosted a five-year anniversary party to raise money for five local charities. The party, which drew more than 500 guests, represented a collaborative effort between Yapp, three chambers of commerce (Camarillo, Oxnard and Ventura) and dozens of local businesses.
Five local charities benefited from the proceeds which totaled more than $6,000. The charities are Aspiranet, Camarillo Boys & Girls Club, Turning Point Foundation, Casa Pacifica Center for Children and Families and FOOD Share.
“Working with chambers of commerce that support our business community and giving back to organizations that support our citizens is the right thing to do,” Yapp said. “Thanks to the support of the local community, PODS’ first five years in Ventura have been very successful.”
Yapp has donated more than $75,000 in goods and services to dozens of local non-profit organizations since opening in 2005.
“PODS is deeply committed to the many communities we serve across the United States and proud when our franchise owners reach out and support local charitable causes,” said Christine Pierce, chief marketing officer of PODS.
Founded in 1998, PODS currently provides moving and storage services to a population of more than 240 million consumers, in 48 U.S. states, Canada and Australia.