Bob’s Discount Furniture is proud to continue the yearly tradition of our “Days of Giving” program. For the past few years, we have given our employees the opportunity to nominate a charity or non-profit that holds a special place in their hearts.
I just love reading all of the responses and hearing about the great work that our employees are doing in their own communities.
This year, Bob’s is proud to offer 30 Days of Giving to our employees and the responses have been great! Starting on Friday, Nov. 5, we will update the blog every week with a new batch of honorees. Each organization that is selected will receive a $1,000 Random Act of Kindness check.
We’re starting off this campaign by putting a spotlight on Project Pin Food Pantry in Eastern Connecticut.
Project Pin Food Pantry
Based in the quiet corner of Connecticut, Project Pin Food Pantry works tirelessly throughout the year to serve the needs of the community. Due to their food buying program, the $1,000 Random Act of Kindness check will yield over $4,000 worth of food. How amazing is that?!
Michael Broughton, an Operations Manager at our Taftville, CT location nominated Project Pin Food Pantry for our 30 Days of Giving campaign. Broughton said he and many Bob’s employees from the Taftville location support the food pantry.
“I’ve always been a big proponent of charity. It’s how I was raised and certainly how I try to raise my kids,” said Broughton. “We always get them out there and when we do donate non-perishable goods, I always make sure to get a couple of boxes of ziti and a couple of jars of peanut butter so that they can put them in the bin. It’s something that my parents did whenever we had food drives in the area.”
Broughton said he appreciates the fact that Bob’s is committed to supporting charities within our local communities.
“That’s the one thing I always tell people about Bob’s, is how much work with local charities we do and the charitable foundation; how much it really gives back to each and every community that they are a part of,” Broughton said.
“It’s really one of the best things about working for Bob’s.”
Hands On Hartford
The smile on Marianne Parker-Brown’s face radiated from cheek to cheek as she spoke about her love for volunteering, especially helping the homeless.
A Bob’s Squad Associate at my Newington, Connecticut location, Parker-Brown works with Hands on Hartford on a number of different projects, including clothing drives and running bingo nights.
“The Bingo Lady,” as she is affectionately known as, enjoys running Bingo games for the homeless and making it fun for them. She also provides prizes for every game.
Currently, Parker-Brown has set up donation bins in stores in the Greater Hartford area to collect clothing for the homeless. She plans on hand delivering these items to the homeless.
Hands on Hartford is a social service nonprofit organization that serves Hartford’s most economically challenged residents in the areas of food, housing, and health. Founded in 1969 as Center City Churches, Hands on Hartford is an affiliate of the Points of Light Global Network, which includes volunteer-mobilizing organizations located in nearly 40 countries around the world.
A big thank you to Shaniqua Brown for nominating Hands on Hartford to receive a $1,000 Random Act of Kindness check.
Giving Tuesday Check Presentations
Ryan Rodriquez, a Retail Office Associate in West Springfield, MA presented a check to One Call Away Foundation. The mission of One Call Away is to directly affect the lives of veterans who suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The foundation aids in PTSD awareness and to further the aid in the prevention of veteran suicide.
Andy Hoff, a Retail Office Associate in Saint Ann, MO presented a check to ALIVE. The mission of ALIVE is to provide counseling, emergency sanctuary and other critical services to adults and children impacted by domestic abuse, as well as to increase awareness in order to create a supportive community.
30 Days of Giving Honorees
Here is the full list of our 30 Days of Giving organizations. We will continue to update the list throughout the month of November.
Project Pin Food Pantry – Michael Broughton
Hopecam – Monica Ceberg
Phoenix Children’s Hospital – Susan Scholler
ALIVE – Andy Hoff
Unite for HER – Joel Farber
Street Angels – Michelle Balistreri
Love Inc – Christina Meister
One Call Away Foundation – Ryan Rodriguez
Extra-Life (part of the Children’s Miracle Network) – Nathan Zanelotti & Michael Stephens
K9s for Warriors – Alexis Alles
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital – numerous employees
Massachusetts Down Syndrome Congress – Sean Lanagan
Hands on Hartford – Shaniqua Brown
Children’s Law Center of California – Brenden Henderson
World Cow c/o Nuestra Casa – Alicia Benson
Matthew Shepard Foundation – Tracey Clark
Alzheimer’s Association – multiple employees
Marley’s Mission – Tina Smith
Puppy Jake Foundation – Paul Pasutti
The Charles Shelton Foundation – Tiyana Holloway
The Performance Project – Iyawna Burnett
Grace Smith House – Dana Decker
Drive Our Future – Malcolm Thompson
Creating Communities – Samantha Slagle
Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation of Greater Connecticut and Western Massachusetts – Miranda Waldron
Save-A-Pet – Jeremy Cervenka
Babies Heart Run – Samantha Heffernan
Thresholds – Amanda Boyd
Safe Horizon – Winnie Chin
Loma Linda Hospital Cardiac Unit ICU 5800 – Carmen Uribe