The Self Storage Association (SSA) has launched a program that will connect facility operators who are willing to donate free storage space with organizations in need that are fighting the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). SSA Cares will serve as a “hub to help self-storage groups across the country donate vacant units to aid responders, healthcare groups and volunteer organizations directly involved in responding to the coronavirus pandemic,” officials said in an April 6 newsletter to members.
The goal of the program is to quickly find storage for health, safety and emergency-related supplies within the next 60 to 90 days. “Throughout the country, members of our communities are committing their resources to help meet a broad scope of critical needs,” said Tim Dietz, president and CEO. “Our expertise lies in real estate and, specifically, properties well-positioned to help with last-mile readiness.”
Self-storage operators who are association members can sign up for SSA Cares by filling out a unit-donation form online. Requested information includes a company name and contact, a facility address, and number of units available for donation. Applicants may also share a synopsis of things they’re doing to support their local communities during the pandemic.
The SSA represents about 22,000 U.S. and international member-affiliated self-storage facilities, according to its website. It’s allied with several state and international self-storage associations and has about 6,000 members.
SSA Magazine Weekly 4/6/20, SSA Cares: Helping COVID-19 Responders, Groups and Volunteers