Giving Back for Over 28 Years

Sometimes it’s the small moments in time that have the biggest impact.

In August, I partnered up with the New England Patriots again for the Second Annual Bed-Zone Bash and gave 200 beds to 200 local children in need. After the kids came rushing onto the field and sprinted towards their beds, I started hearing stories of how this was the first new bed that they’ve ever had. 

You can’t put a value on the sight of seeing 200 smiling faces climbing into their new beds.

It’s these moments in time that just warms my heart, knowing that I’m helping to brighten someone’s day. 

The Bed-Zone Bash is just one example of the many amazing events and programs that my Outreach team and I work on every year. 

Giving back to the community is very important to me and my employees. Each year, the company donates more than $100,000 to schools and close to $3 million dollars to charities. 

Take a look at the different types of Outreach programs: 

Café Collections for a Cause

Each quarter, I collect all of your generous donations from every Café, provide a 100% dollar-for-dollar match and present a check to hand-selected nonprofit. I cannot thank you enough for your consistent support of my Café Collections for a Cause! On average, customer contributions are close to $40,000 per quarter. That’s a lot of money! 

Here are my Café Collections for Cause recipients for this year. I’m proud to announce that this year I added Operation Homefront as my fourth quarter Café Collections for a Cause recipient.

1st Quarter – Special Olympics

Bob’s Discount Furniture Cafe Collections for a Cause donated $72,000 to Special Olympics
Special Olympics

Thanks to all of your donations, we were able to donate $72,000 to Special Olympics.

2nd Quarter – Autism Speaks

Autism Speaks Check Presentation
Autism Speaks

I was so excited to write a big check for $100,000 to Autism Speaks.

3rd Quarter – Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation Check Presentation
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation

Wow! In just the second year of our partnership, we donated $85,000 to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation.

 4th Quarter – Operation Homefront

Bob's Discount Furniture presents a check to Operation Homefront.
Operation Homefront

I’m happy to welcome Operation Homefront to my Café Collections for a Cause program. I started the partnership off with an $18,000 donation.

There’s still time to donate to Operation Homefront. Stop by any of my 122 stores from now until the end of December to donate.

Random Acts of Kindness

Novi High School principal Nicole Carter accepts a Random Act of Kindness check from William Salisbury, a store manager at my Novi, MI location | Bob’s Discount Furniture
Novi High School principal Nicole Carter accepts a Random Act of Kindness check from William Salisbury, a store manager at my Novi, MI location.

Who doesn’t love a surprise every once in a while? I know I sure do and that’s why I love handing out Random Acts of Kindness checks throughout the year. It warms my heart to see the smile on someone’s face when I hand them a Random Acts of Kindness check.

At my grand opening events in May for my four Detroit-area stores, I donated $52,000 to area nonprofits including nine local schools and three community organizations.

One of the community organizations receiving a check was Coalition on Temporary Shelter (COTS), who brought two individuals to my Livonia Grand Opening to shop for furniture for their new homes. One of those individuals, Amber Miller, had her eye on some of my sparkly pieces.

Furniture Donations

The Sawyer Family, Colts RB Nyheim Hines, cheerleaders and Blue.
Army National Guard veteran Brian Sawyer with his family, Colts running back Nyheim Hines, Colts cheerleaders and Blue.

If there’s one thing that I love more than talking about furniture, it’s giving away furniture to those who are in need. My Outreach team and I partner with a variety of nonprofits across the country to donate brand-new furniture. I also team up with various professional sports franchises to make dreams of owning a new bed or a new sofa, a reality! 

A few weeks ago, through my partnership with Operation Homefront and the Indianapolis Colts, we surprised an Army National Guard Veteran in Indiana with a houseful of new furniture.

Supporting Shelters & Transitional Housing

Representatives from Bob’s Discount Furniture and the New York Giants help cut the ribbon on the new Rights of Passage II home in Asbury Park, New Jersey | Bob’s Discount Furniture
Representatives from Bob’s Discount Furniture and the New York Giants help cut the ribbon on the new Rights of Passage II home in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

I strongly believe that everyone deserves a comfortable and safe place to call home. During the year, I donate brand-new furniture to a variety of shelters and transitional homes across the country.

In November, I teamed up with the New York Giants to support the opening of Rights of Passage II, a collaborative homeless prevention program between Interfaith Neighbors of Asbury Park and Covenant House New Jersey. 

“We are so grateful for the partnership with Bob’s and that they believe in our vision for helping our young people achieve their dreams and goals,” says Covenant House NJ’s Executive Director, Jim White. “Today, all of our young people are working or going to school; some are doing both. We know that if young people who experience homelessness are given a safe and supportive environment, they can move beyond homelessness and to a life of fulfilling their dreams and everything they deserve.”

Bob’s Discount Furniture donated brand-new furniture.
Bob’s Discount Furniture donated brand-new furniture.

Food Pantry Donations

I’m excited to support food pantries in my local communities during this season of giving. This year I’m donating $264,000 to hunger-relief organizations. An organization near each of my 122 Bob’s Discount Furniture stores across the country, 5 distribution centers and 5 future store locations will each receive a $2,000 donation. 

“On behalf of Forgotten Harvest, I thank you for your generous donation this Holiday season. This $2000 donation will help us feed the people that are suffering from hunger and food insecurity in Metro Detroit,” said Kirk Mayes, CEO Forgotten Harvest. “We will be able to provide enough food for $14,000 worth of groceries or about 8000 meals, going directly to those in need to put food on their table this holiday season.”

Employee Engagement

Volunteers set up the 200 beds on the field at Gillette Stadium | Bob’s Discount Furniture
Volunteers set up the 200 beds on the field at Gillette Stadium.

All these amazing community projects are not possible without a stellar group of employees! I’m so happy to work with a team of employees that love to get involved with events across the country. Their dedication and passion for giving back to the community make this all possible!

About the author / Bob

I consider myself the luckiest spokespuppet ever because I get to talk about the thing I love the most everyday – furniture! Tufted headboards, rustic finishes, the difference between a sofa and a couch (yes, there is a difference)… I could go on and on. Oh, I just love furniture and I’m SO excited that I have this blog to share my passion with you! It may take me a little longer to create posts – have you ever tried typing with clay hands – but I look forward to talking furniture with you!

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13 Comments

  • Carole Schettler

    I feel that this is great helping the community. If more companies would do this how great a country it would be . God bless you for all the contributions you do for everyone have a wonderful Holiday season as well as all your employees. Thank you so much Carole Schettler

  • Hello my name is Chontamekia DuPree. I’m apart of a non profit organization here in Norwalk Ct. I’ve read all the good work and good will you do for others. I would like to submit a donation request for our organization DDH H.O.P.E Foundation Inc. Can you please forward me the information as to how I could submit a request. Thank in advance.

  • Suzie Dumel

    Thanks for sharing

  • Anna

    Just amazing Bob. Thank you for loving and supporting your community and our world.

  • Elizabeth

    Dear BoB,
    I love the blog, I didn’t how much your company give back to the community. I enjoy reading about the organizations your company donates to specially your Collaboration with the New England Patriots (my football team. Lets go Pats) Thank you for the information.
    Now I need to know what’s the difference between a sofa and a couch.

  • Carmen

    Dear Bob,
    It is a blessing that you are able to give back, More people should be able to follow you’d example. I am a grandmother of 7 and I lost my job in August and I do meals on wheels for a private organization for thanksgiving. Do you do individual donations for your community? I am in dire need of a black or dark gray sofa due to I have grandkids that come over or a kitchen table with 4 chairs or a decent mattress the one I have is 25 years. If you can donate at least one of these items it would make my Christmas..

    • Dear Carmen – Thank you for your kind words and for sharing your story. Bob’s Charitable Foundation can only accept requests from 501 (c) (3) not for profit organizations. If you are working with an organization like this, please ask them to write a letter of request on your behalf using these guidelines:

      https://BobsCares.org/letter-of-procedures/

  • Bob,
    It’s nice to see that you are focused on giving back to the community. It is a rare commodity that one wants to give to their community instead of just making money off their community.
    Keep up the good work!

  • Maritza McEnery

    I have been trying to save money to purchase a love seat for a few months. So today EMS and local police had to be called to get my husband to the hospital. During this time I was advised that when he gets home I will have to have a sofa sleeper in my very tiny living room. This has to be since Russ is in really bad shape and in case of an emergency they won’t be able to get him out.
    So, as I sit here in the ER I have no idea how I will be able to do that. But, I will leave it in Gods hands.
    I have been looking into your programs for the community and wondered if you would be able to help me.
    If you can please let me know if it’s at all possible I would be very grateful.
    Awaiting your response I remain.

    Thank you
    Maritza Rios-McEnery
    570 460-6075
    lilonenpa@yahoo.com

  • kalpesh patel

    You all are doing nice work helping people

  • Beth Diesner

    I love everything about Bob’s. My last sales person was Hans Meier… a true professional!! A your prices, quality etc. are second to none. I am new to Las Vegas but be assured al future furniture purchases will be made at Bob’s and my sales associate will be Hans Meier.

  • Afternoon, this is Awesome
    I work for a Non Profit as well. I know our Families would absolutely love the opportunity to have their transition out of Shelter made easy their Apartment being furnished or maybe even a couch.

    How can I coordinate the organization to Bobs.

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