Extra Space Storage proudly names Deb Dupie as the first Team Extra Space Volunteers award recipient for Q4 2023! Following the July merger with Life Storage, Extra Space announced a new award inspired by Life Storage’s “Volunteers for Life” program. The initiative recognizes and rewards employees who demonstrate exceptional commitment to community involvement, celebrating those who go the extra mile in their local communities.
As an Assistant Store Manager in Marshfield, MA, Deb has made a significant impact through her volunteer work with First H.E.L.P., an organization committed to supporting the mental health of first responders. Her efforts—particularly in organizing an annual fundraiser walk for suicide awareness—embody the spirit of community service and dedication that Extra Space Storage values.
Deb’s connection to this cause is deeply personal, having lost her son to suicide in 2018. She chose First H.E.L.P. for its unique support to families like hers, and her involvement has been a beacon of hope and understanding for many. Deb’s story is not just about her commitment to a cause but also about the difference one person can make in the lives of others.
Join us in celebrating Deb Dupie’s achievements, and read on for more insights into her inspiring journey with First H.E.L.P.
Why did you choose to volunteer with First H.E.L.P.?
My reason for doing this community service is to end the stigma of talking about mental health within the first responder communities, bring education to the responder departments, and see suicide numbers dissipate. I am a surviving parent of an officer who died by suicide. This organization was instrumental in helping with my healing journey. After losing my son Alex in 2018, First H.E.L.P. was the only organization I could find that had something to offer for parents who lost their children. They offer Zoom sessions biweekly, care packages to families and departments, support to the FBI in statistics, and so much more. They were instrumental in my healing process, and I don’t know what I would have done without them.
What is your favorite part about volunteering with First H.E.L.P.?
My favorite part of volunteering for First H.E.L.P. is knowing I am making a difference, especially with the families that are left to survive the trauma of losing their loved ones. Without First H.E.L.P., these families often wouldn’t get any support. I pay it forward because I know firsthand the impact of what others are going through, and I volunteer to help other families in their journey. The bond we create within this group is another of my favorite reasons for volunteering—the people you meet, the empathy, compassion, and true friendships you make will last a lifetime.
Is there anything else you’d like to share about your volunteer experience?
Treat people as you want to be treated. I do this work because it is the right thing to do. I may only be able to help in a small way, but if we all did what we could to help others, it would make life a little easier for everyone.
Extra Space Storage’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion committee chooses one Team Extra Space Volunteers award recipient each quarter. Winners receive a $1,000 bonus and a $1,000 company donation to the organization they volunteered with. Check out the Extra Space Storage careers page for more information about company culture and opportunities to join our team.