SOURCE: Everest Properties

Everest Properties

March 17, 2010 07:00 ET

Everest Self Storage Reaches Out to Those in Need by Teaming With AZ Compassion-in-Action (DBA Phoenix Fire Community Outreach)

One Local Storage Company Is Teaming With an Extension of the Phoenix Fire Community Outreach to Satisfy the Needs of Those Caught in Catastrophic Circumstances

PHOENIX, AZ--(Marketwire - March 17, 2010) -  For over 10 years the Everest Self Storage facility at 1025 E. Bell Road in Phoenix has been a drop-off location for the Phoenix Fire Community Outreach program to store goods for the victims of catastrophic fires in the community. Kim Mills, the founder of AZ Compassion-in-Action, a non-profit volunteer organization that was established to assist people facing sudden hardships, has been working with the Everest Self Storage location to collect items for the community.

Kim has been keenly aware of the needs of the community ever since her father was injured in a horrific fall, leaving him physically and mentally disabled when she was in the 5th grade. Since that time Kim has felt strongly about assisting people who are affected by traumatic incidents beyond their control, and the working poor. Having been a member of the Phoenix Fire Department since 1983, Kim founded the non-profit organization 'AZ Compassion-in-Action,', in 1991 to collect and distribute items to the most needy in the community during times of crisis, like after a house fire, domestic abuse situations, loss of income, injury, etc.

Kim has volunteered her time conducting drives, visiting yard sales and partnering with the business community and churches to obtain donations for her organization. Just about the time her organization had outgrown her own garage, Kim was introduced to Tony and Maria Bates who manage Everest Self Storage on Bell Road in Phoenix. Tony and Maria offered to give her a few storage units which allowed Kim to continue to expand her outreach through her organization. Now she occupies three storage units at the Everest Self Storage facility and the facility is an active donation collection location for AZ Compassion-in-Action.

According to Maria Bates, co-manager of Everest Self Storage, various community leaders have come by to help distribute the items to those in need. Fire Department members as well as church leaders have taken up the cause. Sometimes when a customer vacates a storage unit, they will leave behind usable items that are then also donated to the outreach program and moved into one of these units.

The City of Phoenix offers many outreach programs through the fire department and other branches of the City of Phoenix. To learn more about this drop off location, contact AZ Compassion-in-Action (602) 384-4447 or Everest Self Storage at 1025 E. Bell Road, Phoenix, AZ 85022, phone (602) 942-1910 or visit their website at

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