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10 Years of Support for Special Olympics

Bob’s partners with Special Olympics for Café Collection for a Cause January 1 to March 31, 2024.

Bob’s is kicking off the new year by celebrating 10 years of partnership with Special Olympics!

We’re inviting guests to stop in any Bob’s store to donate to Special Olympics January 1st through March 31st. Visit any Bob’s store café, have a treat on us, and Bob’s will match every contribution dollar-for-dollar up to $75,000, so the more you give, the more Bob’s gives! You can also donate to the campaign online here.

Bob’s Café Collection for a Cause to benefit Special Olympics will support more than five million athletes and one million coaches and volunteers in more than 170 countries. Special Olympics provides opportunities for athletes in the 171 communities where Bob’s has stores.

John Taggart and Tara Baker visit a Bob’s Café Collection donation box at Bob’s flagship location in Manchester, Connecticut.

“Bob’s is thrilled to celebrate a decade of support for Special Olympics,” said Lindsay Ruszczyk, Director of Communications and Community Outreach. “Our Café Collection fundraising enables us to make meaningful contributions to support the programs of Special Olympics in the communities we serve. Additionally, our partnership with Special Olympics has enriched the lives of our employees through volunteerism and beyond.”

Since 2014, Bob’s has supported Special Olympics through financial giving and volunteerism. Recently Bob’s surpassed $500,000 in donations to the organization.  

In addition to financial contributions, Bob’s employees have taken part in fundraising through Polar Plunge events across the nation and have volunteered at Special Olympics Winter Games and Summer Games to support athletes.

Teams of Bob’s employees have participated in Polar Plunge events across the country. The Little Bobsters of New Hampshire have contributed close to $20,000. 

Special Olympics provides year-round sports training and competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for all children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, prepare for entry into school and community programs, demonstrate courage, experience joy, and participate in the sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympic athletes and the community.

The Long Distance Running and Walking Team from Erie, Pennsylvania Special Olympics accepts Bob’s $32,000 contribution to Special Olympics following our 2023 Café Collection fundraising campaign.

Mary Beth McMahon, President & CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts expressed her sincere appreciation, “A Decade! Bob’s commitment to inclusion for individuals with intellectual disabilities has been expressed through their support of Special Olympics for ten years! We couldn’t be prouder and we’re incredibly humbled that they have chosen to not only continue building this relationship but expanding it as they have grown from a pillar in New England to a nationwide force.” She added, “Thank you to Bob’s and their incredible customers, staff and leadership for showing what it means to choose to include.”  

The Café Collection fundraising helps to support 100,000 competitions and the 32 Olympic-type sports of Special Olympics.

During this Café Collection for a Cause campaign, Special Olympics ambassadors will visit Bob’s store across the country to talk about competing in athletics and volunteer opportunities enriching our partnership in every community we serve.