Executive Self Storage Associates Inc., a third-party management company for the self-storage industry, is supporting a fundraising campaign for Wounded Warrior Outdoors Inc. (WWO), a non-profit organization that provides therapeutic outdoor excursions to wounded U.S. and Canadian veterans.
The group’s “One for the Troops” campaign encourages self-storage operators nationwide to donate the rental proceeds from just one of their units to WWO. Operators can commit to a single month or make it an ongoing donation and can choose any size unit―even their smallest donation is a big help.
Every month Executive Self Storage will donate the rental income from one 5-by-5 unit for each of the 20 facilities it manages. As a veteran of the Vietnam War, company president Joe Niemczyk said he understands the challenges veterans face upon returning home. “To give them something like this opportunity is worth every penny.”
Launched a year ago, WWO works with each veteran’s rehabilitation team to create curative goals for his trip. The outings can be designed to help veterans get the equivalent of three months of the therapy they’d receive in a hospital setting, according Ron Raboud, the organization’s founder. To find the right candidates, Raboud works with the patient-advocate representative at two U.S. military hospitals. Veteran applications are screened and verified by Walter Reed Army Medical Center, then forwarded to WWO for final selection.
WWO covers all expenses for the veterans’ trips including airfare, ground transportation, food and lodging. The goal is to provide excursions for up to 50 veterans every year as funding allows. The trips take place in four diverse locations such as Alaska, Florida and Texas as well as British Columbia, Canada.
Raboud is also the CEO of The Rabco Corp., which provides pre-engineered metal buildings for the self-storage industry.
WWO has 501(C)(3) status, making all contributions tax-deductible. For more information about Wounded Warrior Outdoors and the “One for the Troops” campaign, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.woundedwarrioroutdoors.com.