Ed Burrows, a self-storage manager for Stor-All Systems Inc., which operates self-storage facilities under the Stor-All Storage brand, is participating in several 5K races this year to benefit the company’s charitable arm, Loc-all Good. Launched in March, the company initiative promotes employee-community involvement and charitable work in the markets of its 44 facility locations.
Burrows, a manager at a facility in Stuart, Fla., has participated in three races: Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies Race for Research 5K and Half Marathon, the 10K/5K/2K Run for Brianna Cooper Heavenly Smiles Foundation, and the Autism Awareness 5K Run/Walk for Florida Atlantic University's Center for Autism and Related Disabilities.
Although a runner since 2009, Burrows began participating in races in November 2012. “I wanted to stay healthy, so I started running every day. I posted my times on Facebook for about a year, and all my friends said I should run in a 5K,” he said. “However, I didn’t feel confident enough to run a 5K until I found the Beach2Bar race. I completed it and, boy, was it fun. Since then I started doing as many as I can and I love it.”
Stor-All Storage’s Loc-all Good program has empowered Burrows to talk about the company’s charity with other runners and event coordinators. “My peers are impressed that a company would do this for their employees. Being with Stor-All for the past four years makes me proud to be a part of a goodness-driven family business.”
Every Stor-All team member is allocated a certain number of Loc-all Good paid hours each month to encourage them to participate in the goodness efforts taking place in their store’s hyper-local market. Employees are encouraged to support efforts that address a “local community’s environment, goodness-based organizations and compassionate needs,” company officials said. Stor-All Storage plans to develop a Loc-all Good website that will serve as a source of information and promotion of employee efforts.
The ultimate goal is the possibility of allowing others to join in hopes of establishing a nationwide network of affiliated Loc-all Good companies and organizations, company officials said.
Founded in 1967, Stor-All Storage operates facilities in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia from its headquarters in Deerfield Beach, Fla. The company also provides real estate brokerage, asset selection, underwriting, construction, development, property management and investor-relations services to its individual investment partnerships.