How Can Your Used Stuff Do Good For Your Community?

StorageMart is pleased to introduce their partnership with Charity Storage and the charity auction program, which auctions storage units of donated items and sends 100% of the proceeds to participating charities.

Donating is simple. You are invited to bring items in good condition to any StorageMart facility in the U.S. Self storage customers can also donate items in good condition that they may no longer have use for or want when they’re moving out. StorageMart will collect donated items in a Charity Storage unit and then auction the entire contents of the unit in the same fashion as the popular TV series “Storage Wars”. All proceeds are given to Charity Storage, a self-storage industry non-profit organization, which then distributes 100% of the funds.

“StorageMart  values this program because it allows us to reach across a diverse range of needs by selecting local charities in each of our communities” says Sarah Little, Interactive Marketing Director at StorageMart. Ms. Little explained, “The donation drop off point is also a service to local residents and self storage customers who might have items they no longer want to keep. Accepting donated items, auctioning them off, and donating that money to charity is a win for everyone.”

Charity Storage funds are shared among national charities, as well as local charities StorageMart has an ongoing relationship with.

  • 30% of all proceeds are sent to KureIt Cancer Research, dedicated to provide innovative research projects focused on kidney cancer and other underfunded cancers.
  • 10% of proceeds go to the Self Storage Association Foundation
  • 60% of all proceeds are given to charities of StorageMart’s choosing.

Some such local charities that are benefitting from the efforts of StorageMart’s partnership with Charity Storage are as follows.

Chicago Metro Area – Open Books

Open Books is an award-winning, non-profit social venture that operates a bookstore, provides community programs and mobilizes passionate volunteers to promote literacy in Chicago and beyond.  Open Books offers signature literacy programs for students of all ages across Chicago.  Open Books’ award-winning social enterprise model combines book donations, a retail bookstore, e-commerce and volunteers to help support their literacy programs.  For more information, visit the organization’s website at www.

Lexington, Kentucky – Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity is an ecumenical Christian ministry partnering with volunteers and donors to eliminate substandard housing. Families in need achieve homeownership by purchasing simple, decent affordable homes they help build with community partners.

San Antonio, Texas – San Antonio Humane Society

The San Antonio Humane Society is a non-profit, no-kill organization that has served Bexar County and its surrounding areas since 1952. They are not affiliated with the Humane Society of the United States or the ASPCA. Every year, the San Antonio Humane Society shelters, medically treats, and rehabilitates more than 5,000 animals that have been injured, abused, or abandoned until they are ready for adoption.

Austin, Texas – Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Texas

For more than 100 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters has operated under the belief that inherent in every child lies the ability to succeed and thrive in life. As the nation’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network, Big Brothers Big Sisters makes meaningful, monitored matches between adult volunteers (“Bigs”) and children (“Littles”), ages 6 through 18, in communities across the country. They develop positive relationships that have a direct and lasting effect on the lives of young people.

Kansas City (Missouri and Kansas) –
Wayside Waifs No Kill Animal Shelter

Wayside Waifs is committed to finding homes for all adoptable pets. Wayside is the largest pet adoption center in Kansas City, placing over 5,400 animals each year in loving forever homes. Wayside does not euthanize adoptable animals, and there are no time limits for animals in our care. Only animals suffering from significant medical issues or those that pose a danger are humanely euthanized. Wayside Waifs is proud to be a part of Kansas City’s no-kill community.

Columbia and Jefferson City, Missouri –
Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association

The Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association is a not-for-profit agency that educates, supports and advocates for foster and adoptive children, youth and families in central Missouri by offering services and partnering with community and governmental agencies to develop healthy and self-sufficient individuals and families.

New York – Women In Need Inc.

For 30 years Win has provided New York City’s homeless mothers and their children with the housing, programs and services they need to transform their lives. For more information, please visit .