We are fortunate to live in one of the best places on earth, in a great community that has some of the best people on earth. At Cedar Storage we frequently get the opportunity to give back to our wonderful community. One recent example of this is our sponsoring of the Sigma Nu Alumni Easter Egg Hunt. Now you may ask yourself, “What do storage units in Cedar City have to do with putting on an Easter Egg hunt?” When you hold an easter egg hunt with your family, in your back yard, all you require is a couple of grocery bags full of plastic eggs and candy. But when you are planning an easter egg hunt for well over 1000 local kids, and have over 25,000 eggs, 8 bicycles, and 200 prize baskets things get a little more exciting.
Cedar Storage is proud to have been able to sponsor this long standing Cedar City community tradition. And we hope that you were able to attend and enjoy this exciting and entertaining event.
We received a letter of gratitude from the organizers of the event and wanted to pass it along to our customers. We recognize that it is because of your continued patronage that we are able to sponsor worth while causes like this that bring additional vitality to Cedar City and the surrounding communities. So just remember that when you store your belongings in a Cedar Storage unit you are also helping to support your local community.
Please feel free to read the full text of the letter from the Sigma Nu Alumni Easter Egg Hunt Committee here.
When the holidays arrived at the close of 2015, we at Cedar Storage counted our blessings and found ourselves, thankfully, in the plus column. We also had a few storage units that were unrented at the time. We put two and two together and thought it might be nice to share what we had with others with a promotion called “Room In Our Heart.” Surely, there must be someone in Iron County who could use some extra storage for the year. So we put the question out there, and heard from some very interesting folks. But when it came time to choose, the clear winner was Amy Bates. And when you read her entry, we’re certain you’ll agree.
To Whom It May Concern,
I am writing on behalf of Utah Foster Care and the Family Support Center regarding the storage space that you have available for non-profit agencies. Our agencies would love to be considered for this generous donation of a storage area for a year to accommodate our clothing closet.
Our clothing closet was started 5 years ago as collaboration between the two agencies to help the families we serve. The Family Support Center has been in existence in Cedar City since 1989. Since that time we have helped thousands of families in need. Our team of dedicated, knowledgeable and compassionate staff offers care for children under the age of eleven, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our essential support is offered at no cost to the participants.
Utah Foster Care is a nationally recognized non-profit organization that finds, trains, and supports Utah families who are willing and able to provide a nurturing home for children who have been neglected or abused. Currently there are approximately 35 foster families in Iron County and over 80 children from our community that need a home.
Our clothing closet is stocked by generous donations from the community. We have a small storage shed at the Family Support Center, which we plan to maintain, that allows for people to drop off items at any time. The closet was first kept in the local Department of Child and Family Services Offices but we outgrew the small space very quickly. We then moved to the Family Support Center for a year but due to spacing considerations there we had to move again. Iron County Board of Realtors has graciously let us use their basement for the last two years. However, it has been hard to access the clothing when emergencies arise as the owner is not always available. We have also lost some donations due to a broken water heater.
We have two staff that go into the closet weekly to organize and get requested clothes. We help approximately 7 families a week. While helping our clients is our top priority we have also gotten clothes for families from the Woman’s Crisis Center, the Paiute Tribe and others. We are the main distributors’ of the coats the Knights of Columbus collect. In addition we get regular donations from Wal-mart, various church groups and The Iron County Board of Realtors.
I have enclosed some letters of support that we have received from partner agencies. I have also sent the tax exception letter from both sponsoring agencies. If you need any more information in making this decision I would be happy to provide it for you. Thank-you for your time.
Utah Foster Care
Thanks to all who entered. Let’s do it again next year!
The Staff of Cedar Storage
It’s the time of year when you start thinking of others a little more. Like the song says, “you count your blessings instead of sheep.” And as the snow begins to fly, hopefully, the cold is counteracted by warm thoughts of “What can I do? What difference can I make? What do I have to give?”
Turns out, I can give something worthwhile! I’ve been looking around our properties and while we have a better-than-average number of tenants, we have a few empty storage units that I’d like to put to good use. There are probably a lot of non-profits in our area who could use some extra storage. I’d like to offer a unit to one of them.
But who? How do I decide?
I thought I’d let everyone decide FOR me. We’ve started by taking suggestions from folks on behalf of their favorite charity or from the non-profits themselves. Then post their stories here on our website.
Then we’ll let everyone in Cedar City in on the fun. They can decide which worthy charity gets free storage for a year! Because, trust me, if it were left up to me, everyone would win, and I’d be out of business and not much good to anyone.
Do YOU know of an area charity or non-profit who could use storage in 2016? Enter them for “Room In Our Heart” by emailing me at manager@CedarStorage.net.
Let’s give a charity or a non-profit one less thing to worry about going into 2016.
Fall already? The summer flew by faster than a mountain biker! But part of the reason why it rocketed past for us was because we were pretty busy at Cedar Storage: we added a roof coating to all our units, making them way cooler than they already were (if that’s possible)!
This amazing coating reduced the inside temperature in the units which is another great step toward protecting your possessions with extra TLC.
In the summer, some units can get so hot, plastics will melt, including those handy totes. Candles turn to liquid, and I have even seen model cars start to deform. Nobody wants that for their collection! But this new coating makes units feel more like shade and less like an oven. It reduces the surface temperature of the roof, if it’s 80 degrees outside, the roof temperature drops from 135 to 70 degrees. A 90 degree day will drop the surface temperature from around 150 degrees to 80 degrees. That is a big deal for everything inside. And thus, it was a big deal for us and the highlight of our summer!
But we’re working on something big for the coming months. We’ve done for something for our customers, but now Cedar Storage wants to do something for our community. Listen for the details in our radio ads on how we’re making “Room In Our Heart” for someone very special this holiday season.
Until then, take care of yourselves. We’ll take care of your stuff!
Cedar Storage has been a vital part of the Cedar City economy for decades, and has helped benefit it’s citizens in many ways. But recently one of those seemingly simple opportunities to help the community was featured in an article in the local paper and we wanted to share it with you. Here is an excerpt of the article:
“Kelsie Palfreyman is a member of Volunteers In Service To America in the national network of Americorps programs. She said she is looking for any items for the sale that are still usable.
As she is in the process of gathering the merchandise for the sale, a business, Cedar Storage, is donating a large storage unit to store it.
Palfreyman said she got the idea for the rummage sale after asking Joy Jankowiak, the former director of Care and Share, what her organization needed most, and she replied that cash would be very helpful because many people donate food and other items, but Care and Share has other needs that cash could provide.
Palfreyman said she also decided to include the Canyon Creek Women’s Crisis Center as a recipient of the rummage sale’s proceeds.
“It’s really easy for groups like Canyon Creek and the Care and Share to get in-kind donations like clothing or food.” she said, noting that she believes CCWCC, a large non-profit group that does a lot of work in the community, is probably “in the same boat” as Care and Share in terms of receiving cash donations. (continue reading in this attached PDF document)
This article highlights just one of the many opportunities that Cedar Storage has taken to benefit our community. We are grateful to our great customers that help make it all possible.
Please take some time to read the full article.