Over the summer months, guests were busy visiting Bob’s stores to see our gorgeous outdoor furniture collection and donating generously to our third quarter Café Collection for a Cause partners! I am so grateful to each guest who contributed.
This quarter was a unique opportunity for guests to donate to a variety of non-profits chosen by Bob’s stores.
Each Bob’s store region selected which charity they wanted to fundraise for between Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, Autism Speaks, U.S. Hunger (formerly Feeding Children Everywhere) or their local Humane Society.
All the money raised in Bob’s 164 Cafés nationwide from July 1 to Sept. 30 was donated to the corresponding charities. What’s even better, Bob’s matched each donation dollar-for dollar!
The following donations were issued:
Autism Speaks – $30,000
Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation – $5,000
U.S. Hunger – $10K
Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland $2,000
Bangor Humane Society – $2,000
Bob’s capped off the third quarter Café Collections for a Cause with two meaningful fundraising events with partners.
Hunger Project by U.S. Hunger
Bob’s Discount Furniture Home Office in Manchester, Connecticut was teaming with excitement and activity as more than 150 employees measured, poured, and scooped meals for U.S. Hunger’s Hunger Project.
Just in time for the 2002 holiday season, employees packed more than 20,000 meals that were distributed to nearby Midwest Food Pantry. A check for the $10,000 from the Café Collection for a Cause was also presented during the meal packing event.
Shelter Sleep-In ARLGP
It was such an honor to donate $2,000 from our Café Collection for a Cause to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. We topped the donation with an additional $1,500 sponsorship for the annual Shelter Sleep-In.
Eighteen volunteers from the greater Portland area bunked-up with shelter pets for the night raising nearly $108,000 online and through donations like ours!
We were thrilled to help participant Joann Majka decorate one of the shelter’s cat colony rooms that doubled as her bedroom for the Sleep-In.
Majka is the ARLGP’s Business Manager. She transformed the room with the help of some artwork from Bob’s and two of our adorable animal ottomans.
The home décor was later used to brighten up the shelter’s Humane Education Classroom, a dedicated space where Children grades K-8 learn about compassion and kindness toward people and pets. There are two full-time educators and staff who teach camps and workshops and provide in-school activities to help cultivate a humane community of animal ambassadors.