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Jordan’s to match school donations - plus IMAX tickets for winners!
For the 14th year, Jordan’s Furniture is proud to partner with Project Bread and their Holiday Spoons Project. The Holiday Spoons Project provides an opportunity for children in schools to learn about the issue of hunger and how their efforts can help those in-need. Students decorate spoons in return for donations. And this year, Jordan’s Furniture will match every dollar raised, up to $10,000! This partnership doubles the students’ efforts to help others who are underserved. Plus, students can enter-to-win tickets to the Sunbrella IMAX Theater at Jordan’s Furniture by mailing or emailing photos of the decorated spoons to Project Bread. So this year, the holidays will be a lot brighter due to the support of many local students and Jordan’s Furniture. For more information about how your school can get involved, visit www.projectbread.org/donate_spoons today!
Partnership to help underwrite community outreach programs and Family shows
Jordan's Furniture is proud to partner with Ocean State Theatre Company for the 2014/2015 season on an enrichment initiative to bring children to the theatre through Head Start, foster care and other area programs. The partnership will help to educate and engage younger generations in the theatre experience and provide youth that normally might not have the opportunity to see a theater production to go to shows. The Jordan's sponsorship also helps to support the Family Fun Fest series at the Ocean State Theater Company, which start in November 2014 and includes family-friendly productions such as The Jester of Notre Dame, Keith Michael Johnson's Bubbleology, and The Brothers Grimm Spectacular. "We are thrilled to expand our partnership with Jordan's Furniture in order to introduce children to the magic of live theatre" said Amiee Turner, CEO of Ocean State Theatre Company. "By exposing children to theatre, not only are they more likely to appreciate the arts as adults, but it can also touch a child's imagination and spark their creativity – skills which are important to academic success." The partnership includes theater lobby signage, website inclusion, email blast inclusion, curtain speech mentions and press releases. "As a leader in the community, it is important for us to support children and families who are underserved", says Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "Through this partnership, Jordan's is able to provide an experience to children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the theater. And it is something that the whole family can enjoy together." For a complete list of shows at the Ocean State Theater Company, visit www.ostcri.org.
In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Jordan’s Furniture held the 2014 Adoption Option on Sunday morning, October 19th their Reading store. The free event was open to anyone interested in the adoption of children or sibling groups from foster care. It was hosted by Jordan’s President/CEO Eliot Tatelman.
Over 600 guests attended the Adoption Option, including families interested in adoption, children in foster care, social workers, experienced adoptive families, and volunteers. There were activities and food in the Beantown area of the store, an Orientation in the IMAX Theater, and workshops is the showrooms. Guests learned about the adoption process, talked to social workers one-on-one, and heard from experienced adoptive families. Participants also met children waiting for adoption and interacted with them through fun activities, if they chose.
The goal of The Adoption Option was to find permanent, loving families for the waiting children. We hope to see lots and lots of “matches” over the next couple of months, as a result of the event. It was a fantastic morning, filled with a lot of communication.
For more information about adoption through foster care, please contact MARE at www.MAREinc.org or call 1-617-54-ADOPT. Jordan’s Furniture wants to thank all of the guests who attended the 2013 Adoption Option for wanting to make a difference in your life and the life of a child.
All five store locations and Distribution Center will serve as donation drop-off centers.
Jordan's Furniture is proud to once again sponsor the Coats For Kids program. The service initiative is aimed at collecting and donating gently-used, quality winter garments for both children and adults of families in need. Winter garment donations will be accepted at all Jordan's Furniture locations, Jordan's Taunton Distribution Center, and all Anton's Cleaners locations until January 10, 2015.
Distribution partners include The Salvation Army, The Wish Project, Jumpstart, Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless, Rosie’s Place, MASSCAP, BU Medical Center’s Outreach Van, Community Giving Tree, and many others. Donated items are provided to families in need in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island.
SPECIAL CHALLENGE FOR STUDENTS! Students can get involved with Coats for Kids, too. Jordan's Furniture will reward those schools that drum up the most support. A $1,000 prize will be awarded to the 1st place elementary school, the 1st place middle school, and the 1st place high school, along with a select number of tickets to the Sunbrella IMAX 3D Theater.
Schools can register online at www.antons.com/cfk. (NOTE: School prize awarded in the form of a Jordan's gift card and in the form of theater passes.)
October 2014 Jordan’s Furniture Hosts “The Adoption Option” to Find Adoptive Homes for Children in Foster Care
(Reading, MA) – Have you ever thought about adopting a child or sibling group? There are over 600 children in Massachusetts who are waiting for adoption right now. To learn if you may be the parent a child is waiting for, come to “The Adoption Option,” Sunday, October 19, 9:00 - 11:00 am, at Jordan’s Furniture, 50 Walker’s Brook Dr., Reading, MA.
Jordan’s Furniture hosts the event in collaboration with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) to help find permanent families for children in state foster care. Adults and families who are interested in learning more about adoption are invited to this free informational event.
“In this day and age of technology, it is still essential to run events where adults and children have face time together”, say Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “Our Adoption Option creates a fun and inviting atmosphere where these connections happen. We continue to support the adoption and foster care communities because we see so many positive outcomes and successful matches from our efforts,” Tatelman concludes.
Adults new to the idea of adopting a child from foster care will attend a workshop in the IMAX theater to learn about the adoption process. New families are encouraged to arrive promptly at 9:00 am for this “newcomers’ orientation” to make the best use of the Adoption Option’s resources and opportunities. They’ll also have the chance to meet with social workers and experienced adoptive parents for private conversations.
Prospective adoptive parents who have already begun the adoption process will be able to meet Massachusetts’s waiting children and their social workers in an informal setting. They’ll also be able to talk with experienced adoptive families and enjoy family entertainment, games, refreshments, and activities designed to encourage interaction with waiting children.
“Adoption Parties are MARE’s most successful tool in placing children,” said MARE’s Executive Director Lisa Funaro. “These events allow families to meet face-to-face with children and make connections that may not happen otherwise. We are delighted to partner with Jordan’s Furniture to increase recruitment opportunities for children in foster care. These children want what most of us take for granted - the chance to blossom in a permanent, loving family.”
In Massachusetts, nearly 2,500 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 700 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Nationwide, there are over 104,000 children in foster care in need of adoption. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
Prospective adoptive parents can be almost any age (21+); single, partnered, married, LGBT; homeowners or renters; experienced parents or new to parenting. Families of various income levels can adopt, as long as they have a stable source of income to support a child. There are no fees to adopt a child from foster care. Financial subsidies may be available, and children adopted from foster care are eligible for a tuition-waiver at Massachusetts state colleges and universities.
For more information, or to register to attend The Adoption Option at Jordan’s Furniture, please visit www.MAREinc.org or call MARE at 617-54-ADOPT (617-542-3678).
Jordan’s Furniture is a nationally known five-store furniture retailer. Their innovative combination of entertainment and shopping has turned a local furniture store into a major retailer, drawing customers from all over New England. Philanthropy is a large part of the Jordan's business philosophy. During their 16-year partnership with MARE, Jordan’s has generously hosted and financed many information meetings and recruitment events. As a direct result of Jordan’s support, more than 275 children have found adoptive homes.
MARE is a private, non-profit organization, founded in 1957 to find “a permanent place to call home” for children and teens in foster care, including sibling groups and children who are traditionally harder to place.
The Hoyt Foundation held an event in the Reading IMAX Theater
Jordan’s Furniture hosted a special event on Tuesday October 7th from 7pm to 9pm in the Reading IMAX Theater with The Hoyt Foundation, a non-profit organization that was formed in 1989. The Hoyt Foundation aspires to build the individual character, self-confidence and self-esteem of disabled young people through inclusion in all facets of daily life. Team Hoyt’s spokespeople and world renowned athletes, Dick and Rick Hoyt, told their inspirational story in person through a presentation in the IMAX Theater. The father and son duo has completed over 1,000 races including 255 Triathlons (6 Ironman distances, 7 Half Ironman), 22 Duathlons, 72 Marathons (32 Boston Marathons) and many other endurance events, such as a bike/run across the U.S. in 1992, completing a full 3,735 miles in 45 days, despite the fact that son Rick was born with spastic quadriplegic and cerebral palsy, as a result of oxygen deprivation. Their mission of Yes You Can! is spoken to audiences around the world. A meet-and-greet for photographs and book-signings with Rick and Dick followed the presentation. The event was open to the public.
September 2014 Pawtucket Red Sox and Jordan’s Furniture team up for donations toward future baseball players!
Collections at McCoy Stadium for Jordan’s Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket’s baseball league
During the 2014 baseball season, like-new baseball equipment was collected at all PawSox home games at McCoy Stadium as well as at the Jordan’s Furniture store in Warwick. The collection was donated to the Boys & Girls Club of Pawtucket on Thursday September 25th. Jim Hoyt, the organizations Executive Director and Luke McLaughlin, the Club’s Athletic Director, received the equipment. Jordan’s Furniture has a store in the Warwick Mall and the PawSox sponsorship is part of their Community Outreach. “Sponsoring a local institution like the Pawtucket Red Sox has been a wonderful opportunity for us to participate in the community so we wanted to extend our Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program from Fenway Park to McCoy Stadium”, stated Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “The decision to include the Pawtucket Boys & Girls Club as the beneficiary was a no brainer”, Tatelman added. “It has become a win-win-win situation on every level!” Jordan’s Furniture will continue its support of both the baseball team and the charity during the 2015 season.
September 2014 Jordan’s Furniture donations to Cradles To Crayons will help over 3,200 children in-need get ready to learn from head to toe!
Jordan's customers donate to the 2014 'Ready For School' program
The school season is here and the generous customers of Jordan's Furniture get high marks for the level of donations that were made to underserved children throughout MA, NH, and RI to make sure that every child started the school year off on the right foot. From July 7, 2014 through September 9, 2013, donations of new or like-new school clothes and shoes were dropped off at all Jordan's locations, including the Taunton Distribution Center. All donations went to the Cradles To Crayons' "Ready For School" program, an initiative that supports children (infant to 12 years old) living in homeless or low-income situations. Over 3,200 area children in-need benefited from the Jordan's donations. "Seeing the Jordan's Furniture delivery truck open the door to countless boxes full of essential items that all children need is truly inspiring", said Cradles To Crayons Executive Director Sharon Reilly. "Thank you to Jordan's from Cradles to Crayons and from the 3,260 children in-need who will benefit from their collection efforts. Everyone is astounded by the incredible donations. It seemed like a bottomless truck! Jordan's has been an incredible partner and community leader throughout this Ready for School Campaign collection—and beyond—and we are grateful for their support." All items were distributed through local partnering social service agencies. Thank you to all of the fabulous Jordan's customers for the donations! Your generosity made "back to school" mean so much more for some great kids!
September 2014 Jordan’s Furniture partners with channel 7 & 56 and the Broadway show “Annie” to support foster care adoption!
In partnership with channel 7 & 56 and the Broadway show “Annie”, Jordan’s Furniture continues its support of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and adoption from foster care. On-air announcements will run in October and November on channel 7 and on channel 56, starring Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman, urging viewers who have thought about adoption of an older child or sibling group to contact MARE . “Annie” the Musical is in Boston during November, which also happens to be National Adoption Month. Everyone knows the story of the character Annie in the Broadway show, where she looks for a loving home and family. However, there are over 600 children right here in Massachusetts who are also looking for a loving home. If you have ever considered adoption, please visit MAREINC.org and help make the sun come out tomorrow for some great kids. And don’t miss “Annie” at the Citi Wang Theatre, running through November 16th at the Citi Wang Center in Boston.
Over a hundred children in foster care, families from around Massachusetts and scores of social workers all came together on Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Assumption College, with one goal in mind…to find permanent homes for some of the hundreds of older children in foster care. The event was coordinated, sponsored, and funded by Jordan's Furniture, in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). "Jordan's has been a part of the adoption and foster care community for over 14 years now", says Jordan's President and CEO Eliot Tatelman, referring to the dozens of Jordan's initiatives that have occurred over the years. "Once we saw how many kids, especially older kids, who were looking for families, we started to do whatever we could to help out."
Private invitations were sent to families throughout Massachusetts who have already been home-studied and MAPP Trained. This means that they are ready to adopt. Invitations were also sent out to social workers of the many older children (ages 7 to 16) currently in foster care and legally ready for adoption. The goal of "The Adoption Summer Mixer" was to make the connection between child and adult. The event included morning workshops, a catered lunch, and an afternoon carnival. "We were excited to see the magic happen at our adoption event" concludes Tatelman. "These connections can change the life of both the children and the families. It is what it is all about and is much more rewarding than just selling furniture!" In partnership with MARE, Jordan's has organized dozens of adoption events and countless foster care recruitment efforts over the years. Due to these efforts, over 280 children have found permanent homes. The Jordan's projects have included underwriting adoption events, coordinating foster family recruitment programs, and financing media campaigns to bring awareness to the cause.
July 2014 Jordan’s Furniture and Cradles to Crayons help local children in-need get ready to learn from head to toe! “Ready For School” program donation drive at all stores
Starting today and running until September 9th, all Jordan’s Furniture store locations and the Taunton Distribution Center will accept like-new and new clothes and shoes for children (infant to 12 years old) to go toward the Cradles to Crayons “Ready For School” program. Through partnering social service agencies, the donations will go to children in homeless or low-income situations. This will be the third year for the partnership between the retailer and the organization.
“We are so proud to be working together with Cradles to Crayons. They run an incredibly impressive and efficient operation, ensuring the dignity of the children and families that they serve,” said Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “It is so important for every child to feel important and worthy. By working with the team at Cradles to Crayons, we hope to do our part in helping area children get ready for school and be prepared to learn. We know that our donation drive made an impact during the last 2 years. We hope for the same success this year.”
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 and provides for children from birth through 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive at home, school, and play. Items are distributed to the children via social service agencies such as MSPCC, Horizons For Homeless Children, Head Start Programs, and more.
Cradles to Crayons is based in Brighton, MA where the donations are assembled by staff and volunteers for individual KidPacks. “We are thrilled to partner with Jordan’s for the third year in a row on our Ready for School program”, says Sharon Reilly, C2C Executive Director/Boston. “Jordan’s commitment to assist local children in-need is a true testament to their values as a company. Cradles to Crayons wants every child to start the new school year feeling confident from head to toe, and Jordan’s contribution is crucial to this effort. The items collected in their retail stores will ensure thousands of local children will receive the essential items they need to start the school year ready and excited to learn.”
The Jordan’s Furniture Cradles to Crayons “Ready For School” donation drive starts today and runs until September 9th. Donations will be accepted at all stores locations in Avon MA, Reading MA, Natick, MA, Nashua, NH, and Warwick, RI, along with the Jordan’s Distribution Center in Taunton MA. The donation drive strives to provide every child with essentials they need to feel valued so accepted donations should be like-new or new, with no rips, stains, or tears. Accepted items include pants, shirts, sweatshirts, pajamas (new), socks (new), undergarments (new), sneakers, and school shoes. Donations are for children infant to 12 years old.
Help local children in-need get ready to learn from head to toe!
Donate new or like-new clothes and shoes from July 7th through September 9th at any Jordan’s Furniture location.
The first day of school is right around the corner! Jordan's Furniture, in partnership with Cradles To Crayons, wants to make sure that every child will start the school year off on the right foot. From July 7, 2014 through September 9, 2014, bring your new or like-new school clothes and shoes to any Jordan's location, including the Taunton Distribution Center. Cradles To Crayons' "Ready For School" program will make sure that your donation helps children (infant to 12 years old) living in homeless or low-income situations.
Accepted clothing includes pants, shirts, sweatshirts, pajamas (new), socks (new) and undergarments (new). Accepted footwear include school shoes and sneakers (sizes infant to adult 9).
Cradles to Crayons strives to provide every child with the essentials they need to feel valued, so please donate like-new, high-quality items. No rips, stains, or tears. Donated items are distributed through local partnering social service agencies, in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Rhode Island. Click here for more information.
Thank you ahead of time for your donation. It will make "back to school" mean so much more for some great kids!
Jordan's Furniture hosts the 2014 WalkRun for Adoption
Over $70,000 raised to support the programs of the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
On Sunday morning May 18th in Taunton, MA, Jordan's Furniture hosted the 2014 WalkRun for Adoption, in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). This year marked the 5th year for the annual event that is now one of the biggest fundraisers for MARE. It supports their programs that help to find permanent homes for older children living in foster care. Over $70,000 was raised at the 2014 WalkRun!
Over 500 participants and volunteers attended to walk, run, and celebrate adoption from foster care. Many of the guests were adoptive families and social workers. Eliot Tatelman, President/CEO of Jordan's Furniture greeted and welcomed all of the participants. "What makes a house feel like a home?" asks Tatelman. "It's not furniture," comes the surprising answer, "It's family. However, hundreds of kids living right here in Massachusetts are waiting for all the comforts of home AND family," he added. That is why Jordan's Furniture, a long-time champion for children in state foster care, hosted the Walk/Run for Adoption on May 18th at their Taunton facility. Other speakers included NECN's Eileen Curran and channel 5's Bob Holleran (adoptive parents). The event included a 5K run and walk, light lunch, and an after-party with a DJ, music, raffles, and children's activities such as face painting, balloon twisting, a stilt-walker, caricature artists, sand art, beach ball decorating and other crafts.
MARE's programs support the recruitment of adoptive parents for children and teens in foster care. Over 600 local children are currently growing up in temporary foster care while waiting for permanent homes. MARE has helped more than 6,000 children leave foster care for permanent families over the past 56 years. And during the recent 16-year MARE/Jordan's partnership, over 275 children have found adoptive homes due to the events and programs organized and underwritten by Jordan's Furniture. For more information about adoption from foster care, contact MARE at 800-882-1176, 617-54-ADOPT, or visit www.MAREinc.org. MARE is a private, non-profit organization, working since 1957 to find a "permanent place to call home" for youth in foster care.
Jordan's Furniture is proud to continue their partnership with the adoption and foster care communities, all in support of the wonderful kids who all deserve a permanent, loving home.
Over 250 youth in foster care earn diplomas and are honored at event with Eliot Tatelman and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino
On Sunday evening, May 4th of 2014, Jordan’s Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who were graduates from the Class of 2014. The event took place at the Jordan’s store in Reading, MA and was hosted by Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO, and former Boston Mayor Tom Menino.
The evening included dinner, entertainment, an awards presentation, gifts, and a speaking program to acknowledge the academic achievements of the youth in foster care, who came from all over the Commonwealth, including 2 buses from Springfield. Each youth received a Certificate of Achievement, along with a gift including a sports duffel bag, a Red Sox World Series hoodie, a TJMaxx/Marshalls gift card, and a Target gift card. The youth were addressed by speakers with motivational messages including Eliot, former Mayor Tom Menino, and a youth who grew up in foster care and will graduate UMass Dartmouth this Spring.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when over 75 celebrants from the Boston area were invited to the IMAX Theater in Natick. In 2007, the event grew and youth from across the state joined in the celebration. The event is now held in Reading to accommodate the number of youth, their foster parents, siblings, and social workers who gather to celebrate their academic achievements each May. Over 250 graduates attended the 2014 celebration. “Each year, this event gets bigger and bigger. We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring the youth,” said Tatelman. “It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions. It is our way to show our support to them and congratulate them with a special night.”
Donated equipment delivered to Fenway for the Red Sox Foundation
On Saturday, April 25, 2014, Jordan's Furniture proudly delivered a truck full of baseball and softball equipment to Fenway Park for the Red Sox Foundation's inner city youth baseball program.
Through their "Double Play Youth Baseball Program," Jordan's Furniture collected gently used baseball and softball equipment from customers at all store locations to donate to the official Red Sox team charity for distribution to their Rookie and RBI youth baseball league teams.
"In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports," said Eliot Tatelman of Jordan's Furniture. "We think that every youth should be able to enjoy America's favorite pastime, so we created the Play Ball Program. And with the help of the Red Sox Foundation, we reach a lot of inner-city kids in our area."
Red Sox Foundation Board Member, Mike Egan said "We are grateful to partner with community champion Jordan's Furniture on this terrific annual equipment drive. The Foundation is celebrating Little League's 75th Year milestone with a new sponsorship initiative and we are happy to engage them along with our RBI program in this wonderful program." Egan added "Through the collection of gently-used equipment, Jordan's is making a huge impact to youth across the Commonwealth this summer."
"We are grateful to partner with community leader Jordan's Furniture on this terrific equipment drive," stated Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson. "Through the collection of gently used equipment, Jordan's is making summer games possible for many disadvantaged kids."
This is the fourth year that Jordan's has run the youth baseball collection program.
Over 500 prom dress donations distributed to girls in-need
On Saturday April 5th at Simmons College in Boston, the donated gowns from the 2014 Belle of the Ball Program were distributed at a special invitation-only event. Over 500 girls were at the event to try on dresses and pick out the gown that they will wear on that special night. Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO, attended. The guests were invited through a referral program with schools and social service agencies. The donated gowns were given to girls who might not otherwise have had the opportunity to go to their high school prom.
During the 2-month Belle of the Ball program, Jordan’s Furniture collected like-new dresses and gowns at all of their locations. They collected a grand total of 3,740 gowns from generous customers. The Belle of the Ball program is in partnership with Antons Cleaners, who cleans all dresses free of charge.
April 2014 If the Red Sox win the World Championship this season, all the furniture and mattresses you buy are FREE!
Jordan's launches their 2014 Red Sox Promotion – The Monster Repeat
Red Sox World Series Trophies ('04, '07, '13) on display at Jordan's Furniture. See jordans.com for schedule.
If the Red Sox win the World Championship again this year, it will be the second time in Red Sox history where the team has won the trophy 4 times within 10 years. So they could do it again!
Buy anything at Jordan's Furniture starting today April 2nd and it will all be FREE, if the Red Sox win the World Championship this season. There is no limit on the amount of furniture or the selection of furniture.
"We love the Sox and the great partnership we have with them", says Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "This is the 8th year that we have been able to offer our customers an unbelievable opportunity, tying in with the Red Sox. In 2007, we gave away over $30 million dollars of free furniture when they won the World Series", says Tatelman. "We bought insurance so we are rooting for the Red Sox to do a repeat performance of 2013 and hope that we can give away $50 million dollars' worth of furniture this year!"
TV, radio, and online ads will promote the offer.
As an added bonus to Red Sox Nation, Jordan's Furniture will display all three (3) World Series Trophies at their locations during select hours on specific days for customers and Red Sox fans to see and take photos. The trophies will be on display for a limited time at all five (5) Jordan's Furniture locations. Visit jordans.com for trophies' appearance dates and times. Photos will be available on a first come, first served basis. Wristbands will be handed out at the beginning of every trophy appearance.
Jordan's Furniture's 2014 Monster Repeat starts today April 2nd. For all promotional details and Terms & Conditions, visit any store location or log onto www.jordans.com.
At their IMAX Theater in the Reading location
Jordan's Furniture hosted a documentary screening of "Who Cares About Kelsey" at their Reading IMAX Theater on Tuesday evening February 4, 2014 from 7pm to 10pm. The screening was hosted by the Reading Coalition Against Substance Abuse (RCASA) and the Reading Public Schools' Behavioral Health Task Force. Over 250 guests viewed the documentary and participated in a Q & A and panel discussion. The documentary follows Kelsey through the difficulties of her senior year in high school. The film tells the story of her transformation from a defiant "problem student" who has dealt with homelessness, abuse, and ADHD to a motivated and self-confident young woman. The screening was followed by a panel discussion featuring the film subject, Kelsey Carroll; Alison Elmer, director of student support services for the Reading public schools; and Sara Burd, behavioral health coordinator for the Reading public schools.
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of the 2014 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a donation project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth. In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation’s Reviving Baseball for Inner City (RBI) Program, equipment will be distributed to over 2,000 inner-city youth.
Starting this Saturday February 1st and running until March 31st, equipment donations can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture location (Reading, Avon, Natick, Nashua, Warwick), including their Taunton Distribution Center. All donations must be in like-new, clean condition. Equipment includes bats (metal only), catcher’s equipment, gloves, cleats (metal and plastic), baseballs (new), and softballs (new).
Little Leagues can get involved, too…and possibly win big! The Little League that donates the largest number of useable items will receive tickets to a Red Sox game, an in-game visit by Red Sox Mascot Wally, and a personalized jersey with a pre-game presentation at Fenway Park.
“In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports”, said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “We think that every youth should enjoy America’s favorite pastime so we created the Double Play Youth Baseball Program. This is the fourth year and with the help of the Red Sox Foundation, we’ll be able to reach a lot of inner-city kids in our area.”
Red Sox Foundation Board Member, Mike Egan said “We are grateful to partner with community champion Jordan’s Furniture on this terrific annual equipment drive. The Foundation is celebrating Little League’s 75th Year milestone with a new sponsorship initiative and we are happy to engage them along with our RBI program in this wonderful program.” Egan added “Through the collection of gently-used equipment, Jordan’s is making a huge impact to youth across the Commonwealth this summer.”
The 2014 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program runs until March 31st. All information can be found online at www.jordans.com beginning February 1st.
On Sunday morning, January 5, 2013, Jordan's Furniture hosted a private, specialized adoption event at their brand-new indoor skating rink, in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). Enchanted Ice is part of The Enchanted Village attraction at Jordan's Avon store. The holiday attraction is open to the public in November and December. Private charity events are often held there during non-operational hours. The January 5th event was aimed at older children and sibling groups living in foster care who are looking for permanent homes through adoption. Over 100 guests came together to interact and get to know one another. In addition to the youth, guests included families looking to adopt and social workers. Families could get to know the youth during the activities and talk one-on-one with social workers about the adoption process. All guests also enjoyed a light breakfast, too.