June 17, 2020 – The Northeast Self Storage Association (NeSSA), comprised of Connecticut, Massachusetts,
and Rhode Island, has made donations to three different charities in response to the ongoing COVID-19
pandemic. Since NeSSA serves the self storage industries of three different states, one charity was selected
per state and each received a donation of $500 to help provide support throughout their communities.
Executive Director Courtney J. Kahler said, “I always say how lucky I am to work with such an amazing
board, and this gesture is proof. The idea to donate to each state came directly from the board, was fully
supported by all directors, and approved unanimously. In a time when everyone is struggling, NeSSA’s
leadership is first and foremost thinking about others.”
The three charities chosen were selected because they are well-established within their states and
supported by state leaders. They also each assess and provide aid based on the current needs within their
communities, which is an ideal aspect when you consider the ever-changing climate of the virus. You can
read more about the selected charities below.
4-CT: Connecticut COVID-19 Charity Connection is a private, independent charity that has the support of
Governor Lamont. They partner with other philanthropies in the state to provide aid across of a range of
issues including meals, mental health, school closures, financial aid to those in need, support for families of
frontline workers, and more. They evaluate their requests and prioritize their current projects based on
those most affected by COVID-19 at the time. For more information, visit www.4-CT.org.
The Massachusetts COVID-19 Relief Fund was launched by First Lady Lauren Baker and the One8
Foundation. They work with regional foundations and non-profit leaders to assess where there are needs
and provide grants. 100% of all donations go to those most in need, including essential frontline workers
like healthcare professionals and first responders as well as vulnerable populations such as the homeless,
those with disabilities, the food insecure, and immigrant populations. You can find more information at
Established over 100 years ago, the Rhode Island Foundation is the largest funder of the state’s non-profit
organizations. Their COVID-19 Response Fund is awarded to those providing direct assistance to those with
financial needs or hardships resulting from the pandemic including food, rent and expense relief, access to
healthcare, and more. They also provide grants to support non-profit organizations that are in financial
distress due to meeting the current overwhelming community needs. You can learn more about this
organization at www.RIFoundation.org.
For more information about what NeSSA is doing to help during the pandemic, you can visit
www.NeSSA.org. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to us at NeSSA@NeSSA.org.