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Gratitude for Employees During Global Volunteer Month

April is Global Volunteer Month and Bob’s is thrilled to celebrate our employees and the ways they’ve given back this year.

Bob’s team members have volunteered with Community Outreach partners like Operation Homefront and Special Olympics enriching these longstanding relationships.

Employees have rolled up their sleeves to build with Habitat for Humanity and participated in a local park clean-up.

Beyond the workplace, Bob’s employees have given their time and talents to support needs in their own communities.

We’re honored to celebrate our team for all they do and say, ‘Thanks for being the best part of Bobs!’

Supporting Partners

In November 2022, more than 150 employees gathered at Bob’s headquarters in Manchester, Connecticut to pack more than 20,000 meals for U.S. Hunger. U.S. Hunger was the recipient of Bob’s Café Collection for a Cause fundraising earlier in the year.

Employees pack meals for U.S. Hunger in Bob’s headquarters in Manchester, CT.

Later in the month, a smaller group of employees gathered at the U.S. Armed Forces Reserve Center in Middletown, Connecticut to pack Holiday Meals for the Military for Café Collection partner, Operation Homefront.

Little Bob and his team of Bob’s employees team up with Operation Homefront to pack and distribute Holiday Meals for the Military.

In the winter of 2023, Bob’s employees volunteered at the Connecticut Special Olympics Winter Games. Employees were able to spend time with athletes and cheer on fellow employee Alexa Lotufo in snowshoeing and Chuck Yenkner in alpine skiing.

Bob’s mailroom clerk Alexa Lotufo (3rd from left) wins gold in a snow shoe relay at the 2023 Connecticut Special Olympics Winter games.

Continuing support of Special Olympics, a team of employees from Manchester, New Hampshire participated in the Polar Plunge raising $7,200 for the organization. They have been plunging as a team for four years and have raised more than $20,000.

Bob’s Manchester New Hampshire team freezin’ for a reason at the 2023 Polar Plunge.

In their first-year plunging, Bob’s store team from May’s Landing, New Jersey raised more than $700 for Special Olympics.

Bob’s May’s Landing, New Jersey team takes their first Polar Plunge for Special Olympics.

Earlier in 2022, the May’s Landing team also raised funds for Bob’s partner Alex’s Lemonade Stand by participating in a walk.

May’s Landing, New Jersey team walks to support Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

Bob’s has partnered with Habitat for Humanity to donate furniture in the past but it was real work this spring when 12 Bob’s female executives were able to participate in Women Build 2023. Together, the all-female volunteer team participated in construction duties at a housing site with Habitat for Humanity of Eastern Connecticut.

One dozen female executives from Bob’s Discount Furniture participated in Women Build 2023 for Habitat of Humanity of Eastern Connecticut.

Later in the spring, a small team of Bob’s employees volunteered to help pack 10,000 Period Kits for girls supported by the Wonderfund in Massachusetts.

Bob’s team members Yanique Healy (left), Melissa Ortins (center), and Veronica Centeio (right).

To celebrate Earth Day and National Volunteer Week during April, employees volunteered to clean-up several trails and public park spaces near Bob’s headquarters.

Individuals Who Give Back

Bob’s is honored to learn about employee who give back to their communities across America. One way we share the news about these unique individuals is through the employee recognition program Heart of Bob’s.

When he’s on the clock, Jorge Alcantar is an Operations Manager in a Bob’s Discount Furniture distribution center in San Bernardino CA. When the work day is done, Jorge is just getting started on his passion project as the President of New Breath of Life Ministries, a charity supporting temporary housing and other basic needs for families in the Los Angeles area and beyond. Jorge truly represents the best of Bobs.

Jorge Alcantar speaks about New Breath of Life Ministries with Bob’s Rikki Baudino.

A Retail Guest Support Lead in Bob’s New London, Connecticut store, Danielle Middleton also has a special talent she uses to help others when she’s not working. Danielle has crocheted hundreds of winter caps and mittens for the homeless or under privileged in her community.

She is an inspiration to all.

Through the year other employees have organized food drives, toy drives and clothing drives to help those in need. Off the clock, Bob’s employees have contributed to enriching lives through art, ministry, and athletics.

Bob’s employees supported a toy, clothing and gift card drive to support Manchester Public Schools families in need during the 2022 holiday season.

It is an honor to share these examples of how Bob’s team gives back to others. We want to thank each employee for sharing their stories of helping others to inspire more good!

Thank you for each and every hour of time you have given to others!