Reisterstown resident Peter Burstein might have grown up outside of Philadelphia, but he’s been a proud Marylander for more than two decades. As a business owner, he knows the importance keeping things local and making a difference in the community.
Burstein accomplished both of these things by introducing his newest business, UNITS Moving & Portable Storage of Baltimore on June 18, and partnering with CHAI (Comprehensive Housing Assistance, Inc.) to collect fall and winter necessities for seniors in need. The initiative is called “Fill a UNIT.”
“As of now, [the container] is at my storage facility,” Burstein said referring to UNIT’s hub location in downtown Baltimore. “One of the great things about the container is that it is mobile. Throughout the coming months, we expect to have it available at different CHAI events and at CHAI’s offices.”
Partnering with CHAI was a natural choice for Burstein, as he has been involved with the organization for more than 15 years, serving as an officer and board member.
“I was just trying to figure out how we can use one of these portable storage containers to make a difference,” Burstein said. “I hope that this is just the starting point. I would love to work with other charitable organizations. There are a lot of amazing uses for these portable storage containers and to the extent that I can ever help make a difference, it’s exciting to think about.”
Burstein believes the very things that make Maryland’s geography special, including city alleyways, horse farms, crop farms and waterfront properties, are also things that pose challenges to fitting large storage containers in tight or difficult spaces. In addition to UNITS’s delivery technology, Burstein said having a staff of local providers has proven to make no challenge too tall of an order.
“When they call us, they get someone locally. They don’t get a national call center that is being answered by someone who is in another state,” Burstein said. “I know these neighborhoods. I’ve driven down these streets, I am familiar with these express ways. When you are local and you are personally connected to these areas, there’s something to say about caring a little bit more.”
UNITS and CHAI will accept items such as new blankets, flashlights, first aid kits, hand sanitizers, batteries and can openers through the fall.