Leading Furniture Retailer Raises Nearly Half a Million Dollars in Support of Special Olympics
MANCHESTER, Connecticut – April 12, 2022 – Bob’s Discount Furniture, one of the fastest growing omni-channel furniture retailers in the country, today announced its 8th year of collaboration with Special Olympics, which, to date, has raised close to $450,000. Bob’s Café Collections for a Cause, with the assistance of generous customer support, helps provide year-round sports training and athletic competitions for thousands of athletes with intellectual disabilities, in addition to employment opportunities with Bob’s.
A staple in each Bob’s Discount Furniture store, the Bob’s Café is more than just free goodies and gourmet coffee, it’s also one of the ways in which Bob’s gives back to the community. Each Café participates in Bob’s Café Collections for a Cause, a program wherein donations from customers are collected in-store, matched by the company, and donated to a different charity each quarter. This quarter, the program is helping support the Special Olympics. All the money collected in Bob’s Cafés between April 1 and June 30 will be presented to Special Olympics. Bob’s will also provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $75,000.
“We are so proud to partner with such a worthy organization for our 8th year in a row,” said Bill Barton, CEO of Bob’s Discount Furniture. “We are eager to surpass our goal of $500,000 in donations and invite all of our customers to help us reach this great milestone. The Special Olympics movement promotes inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities in all areas of life, which aligns directly with Bob’s own mission of diversity, equity, and inclusion and commitment to hiring people of all abilities.”
Bob’s is committed to the cause with active employee participation in over 20 Special Olympics events across the country including Polar Plunges and training and event support at the Special Olympic Summer Games.
“We have found an amazing partner in Bob’s Discount Furniture and thank them profusely for their years of continued support and active involvement,” said Mary Beth McMahon, President & CEO of Special Olympics Massachusetts. “Through our partnership with Bob’s, we continue to promote inclusion in sports, events, and employment opportunities for people with intellectual disabilities.”
Charitable giving and community aid have always been important elements of the company culture at Bob’s. Each month, the Charitable Foundation along with Bob’s Outreach provides aid and donations to hundreds of organizations and individuals with over $2.75 million in gift certificates and monetary donations distributed to social service agencies, charities, group homes, community fundraisers, children’s charities, schools, and community service groups. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit Bob’s Cares.
About Bob’s Discount Furniture
Founded in 1991, Bob’s Discount Furniture is one of the largest and fastest growing furniture retailers in the country. Keeping true to its founding principle that everyone deserves quality furniture, Bob’s provides unsurpassed value with honesty and integrity. Through all the work that happens behind the scenes, Bob’s engineers this value, offering its discount on a wide variety of stylish, quality furnishings, mattresses, and home accents.
With 150 furniture stores across 22 states, the Manchester, Connecticut-based company has become the 10th-largest U.S. furniture chain and proudly holds an A+ rating from the Better Business Bureau. In 2020 MyBobs was named a “Top Online Shop” by Newsweek, and for the second year in a row has been recognized as a leader in sustainability by both the Sustainable Furnishings Council (SFC) and the National Wildlife Federation (NWF).
Bob’s is committed to supporting local communities through a variety of charitable giving efforts. Bob’s Discount Furniture Charitable Foundation has anchored the company’s philanthropic work for more than 20 years. Additionally, the Bob’s Outreach program was created as a separate entity to help schools and children-related charities. The company donates more than $2.75 million to charities through these programs each year. For more information on Bob’s charitable programs, visit Bob’s Cares, and follow Bob’s on Twitter @MyBobs, on Facebook, and Instagram.
About Special Olympics
Founded in 1968, Special Olympics is a global movement to end discrimination against people with intellectual disabilities. We foster acceptance of all people through the power of sport and programming in education, health, and leadership. With more than six million athletes and Unified Sports partners in over 190 countries and territories and more than one million coaches and volunteers, Special Olympics delivers more than 30 Olympic-type sports and over 100,000 games and competitions every year. Engage with us on: Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, LinkedIn and our blog on Medium. Learn more at www.SpecialOlympics.org.