It’s become something of a routine over the past few years for Ted English, the executive chairman at Bob’s.
Helping oversee a company with over 5,000 employees, it is impossible for Ted to remember everyone’s name and role – but there is one specific employee he makes sure he never forgets to check in on. Meet Alexa.
“Everytime I do Special Olympics, he always comes to me and says, ‘I want to see your medals, I want to see pictures.’ He’s great,” said Alexa.
“Everyone here is supportive of Special Olympics and I love it,” Alexa added.
Alexa is an accounts payable clerk and she works in the mailroom, helping to deliver mail at headquarters in Manchester, Connecticut. She always has a smile on her face and loves her job at Bob’s.
She also loves to compete as a member of the Glastonbury Special Olympics team. In the winter she competes in snowshoe racing and in the summer she competes in track and field and focuses on sprinting. Ted makes sure to stop by her desk to see how everything went no matter what season it is.
A Longstanding Partner with Special Olympics
Bob’s has partnered with Special Olympics for our Café Collections for a Cause program since 2014. In that time, Bob’s, with your generous support, has donated close to $450,000 to Special Olympics.
For those of you who are not familiar with my Café Collections for a Cause program, every quarter I select a nonprofit to raise money for and invite customers to donate money at any of my 150+ Cafés across the country. At the end of the quarter, I add up the money and provide a dollar-for-dollar match up to $75,000. So, the more you give, the more I give!
In 2022, we are collecting donations for Special Olympics during the second quarter. All of the money donated between April 1 and June 30 will be presented to Special Olympics.
Bob’s is proud to employ a number of Special Olympians in our stores across the country.
“Bob’s Discount Furniture is really proud of the diverse workforce we have, one that’s representative of our customers,” said Joe Genduso, director of management development with Bob’s Discount Furniture. “It’s really an all inclusive environment that’s welcoming of different backgrounds and different abilities.”
Let Me Do My Best!
Alexa has been a member of the Glastonbury Special Olympics team for the past eight years. In the winter she competes in snowshoe racing and basketball and in the summer she competes in track and field and focuses on sprinting. “My favorite is the relay and the 100M dash because I’m a sprinter and I like to sprint,” said Alexa. Ted makes sure to stop by her desk to see how everything went no matter what season it is.