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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 August 30th, 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 fourth 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. ”For the fourth consecutive year, we are thrilled to partner with Jordan’s on our Ready for School program,” says Sharon Reilly, Executive Director of Cradles to Crayons in Boston. “In 2014, the items collected at Jordan’s retail stores helped more than 3,200 children in Massachusetts. We want every child to start the new school year feeling confident form head to toe, and Jordan’s contribution is crucial to this effort. On behalf of the 68,000 kids we will serve during our Ready for School initiative, we are very grateful to Jordan’s for their unwavering commitment to helping us assist local children in need.”
The Jordan’s Furniture Cradles to Crayons “Ready For School” donation drive starts today and runs until August 30th. 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.
At all Jordan’s Furniture locations from June 26 – June 28, social workers were on-hand to talk to customers about adoption from foster care. They found out about older children and sibling groups waiting to be adopted. They had one-on-one, in-depth conversations with social workers. Many people just stopped by to pick up information. Over 100 families and perspective parents sat down throughout the weekend to discuss the process. Adoption Information Weekend was in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (www.mareinc.org) and the Department of Children and Families. Adoption from foster care…it could change your life and the life of a child.
June 2015 Jordan’s Furniture acknowledged at a Red Sox Pre-Game Ceremony for donation to youth ballplayers
2015 Double Play Program benefits the Red Sox Foundation
Before the Red Sox game against the Toronto Blue Jays on Friday night June 12th at Fenway Park, Jordan’s Furniture and its President/CEO Eliot Tatelman were honored for the company’s donation to the Red Sox Foundation’s inner-city youth baseball league. For two months, all Jordan’s locations were drop-off points for like-new and gently-used baseball and softball equipment. At the end of the 2 months, a large delivery was made to Fenway Park where the Jordan’s truck was greeted by Red Sox Foundation staff and members of the inner-city youth league to help unload and distribute the dozens of boxes of equipment to teams that play throughout the summer in all sections of Boston and the surrounding communities. To acknowledge the equipment donation, the Red Sox Foundation presented Jordan’s with a personalized jersey during the pre-game ceremony. Also in attendance was Wally the Red Sox mascot and Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson, along with coaches and players in the league.
Friday June 26th 4pm to 8pm
Saturday June 27th noon to 6pm
Sunday June 28th noon to 6pm
All Jordan’s stores
Have you ever wondered if you could adopt an older child? It’s a big step…but one that people take every day. If you’ve ever thought about it, here’s your chance to find out if you can do it. On June 26th, 27th, and 28th all Jordan’s Furniture stores, you can learn about adoption from foster care. Find out about older children and sibling groups waiting to be adopted. Have one-on-one, in-depth conversations with social workers…Or just stop buy and pick up some information. No pressure. And you have a whole weekend! Come to any Jordan’s Furniture location between June 26th and June 28th to find out if it’s time to take that big step. It could change your life…and the life of a child. In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (www.mareinc.org) and the Department of Children and Families.
Over $55,000 raised to support the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange
On Sunday morning May 17th in Taunton, MA, Jordan’s Furniture hosted the 2015 WalkRun for Adoption, in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE). This was the 6th year for the annual event. It supports the programs of MARE that help to find permanent homes for older children living in foster care. Over $55,000 was raised at the 2015 WalkRun!
Approximately 540 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. 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, frisbee spin art 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 16-year MARE/Jordan’s partnership, over 280 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 225 youth earn diplomas and are honored at the 2015 Youth Achievement Celebration at Jordan’s Furniture
On Sunday, May 3rd from 7pm to 9pm, Jordan’s Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who were graduates from the Class of 2015. The statewide event took place at the Jordan’s store in Reading, MA. It was hosted by Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. The evening included food, entertainment, and an awards program to acknowledge the academic achievements thus far of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests will saw an emotional video highlighting many of the honored youth, heard from speakers with inspirational messages and received a gift bag which included an Adidas sports bag, a Red Sox long-sleeve tee-shirt, a TJX store gift card, and a Target store gift card. Buses brought guests from the Western part of the state to the event.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when over 75 celebrants were invited to the IMAX Theater in Natick. In 2007, the event grew and youth from across the state joined in the celebration. The celebration 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 225 graduates attend this Sunday. “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 for them.”
The evening will concluded with a private screening of the newly-released Avengers: Age of Ulton in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
May 2015 New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp Celebrates Jordan’s Furniture Groundbreaking with President/CEO Eliot Tatelman
On May 6, 2015 at 11am, New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp was joined by Eliot Tatelman to officially break ground on a new 190,000 square-foot Jordan’s location, in the former New Haven Register Building on 40 Sargent Drive. The new store is slated to open in late 2015 and will include the largest furniture showroom and a state-of-the-art entertainment area with a restaurant. Once completed, the store will bring over 200 jobs to the community. “Jordan’s is not only a great place to buy furniture, it will become major destination for the City creating an economic catalyst,” stated New Haven Mayor Toni N. Harp. “Jordan’s Furniture is successful business that has a proven commitment to philanthropy work that betters the communities they serve. They are a welcomed addition to our growing business community.”
Because of the combination of entertainment with retail, Jordan’s locations are destinations. “With each of our stores, we challenge ourselves to create the best experience”, says Tatelman. “None of our locations are cookie-cutter. Each store is unique. And New Haven will be no exception. In fact, for this sixth location, we will take the in-store entertainment, the showroom displays, and the selection to an entirely new level. We will create the ultimate shopping experience and we will be a destination for families and residences from all of Connecticut. Every child in the state will want his or her birthday party here…at a furniture store! Additionally, we are looking forward to becoming an integral part of the community,” Tatelman added.
Jordan's Furniture was a primary sponsor in the 2015 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon that took place at the Warwick Mall on Thursday April 16, in partnership with Cumulus Radio. It raised at total of $400,000! There were live broadcasts from the mall by radio stations 630 WPRO, 92 PRO FM, Lite Rock 105, and Hot 106. The stations shared stories of children who have been patients at the hospital and collected donations from listeners and mall customers, all benefiting the programs and services of Hasbro Children's Hospital. Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's, participated in several on-air interviews with local Rhode Island dj's. As a sponsor of the event, Jordan's was included in on-air mentions throughout the day, on mall banners, and on partnering websites. Jordan's Furniture was proud to support this exciting event and happy to support such a worthy cause, benefiting the local children and families of Rhode Island.
From February 2nd through April 5th, the collection of gently-used dresses and gowns took place at all Jordan’s Furniture locations. Jordan’s generous customers donated a total of 3,366 dresses toward the program. These donated dresses, along with hundreds of additional gowns delivered to other program partners, benefit the Belle of the Ball Program, an initiative that Jordan’s sponsors and is in partnership with Antons Cleaners and Caring Partners Inc. The program helps girls in-need and provides prom dresses for them. On Saturday April 11th, hundreds of volunteers came together to distribute the dresses at a private event called the Belle of the Ball Boutique. Girls had the opportunity to try on dresses, choose jewelry and select shoes. Prom season for a special group of girls will be a lot brighter, due to the program.
Truck full of donated equipment delivered to Fenway Park
On Saturday April 11th, a Jordan’s Furniture truck pulled up to the newly-named Gate K (for kids!) at Fenway Park to make a very special delivery. Due to the generosity of Jordan’s customers, a truck filled with like-new, clean baseball/softball equipment was donated to the Red Sox Foundation. The donation was all part of Jordan’s Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, where gently-used and like-new youth baseball equipment is collected at all Jordan’s locations. The equipment is then distributed to an inner-city youth league with over 2000 players, in partnership with the Red Sox Foundation. Due to the donations, there are many participating youth who might not otherwise have the opportunity to play ball.
Hundreds gather to find homes for youth living in foster care
On Sunday morning, March 8th, social workers and adoptive families came together to help find homes for the many youth and sibling groups who are currently living in foster homes and seeking adoption. In partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE), Jordan’s Furniture in Reading hosted a private, invitation-only, specialized adoption event that included interactive element such as the BeanStalk Ropes Course, table games, and group activities, encouraging youth and families to interact. The guests were older children, youth, and sibling groups in foster care, adoptive parents who have been MAPP Trained, and experienced social workers. The goal of the event was to create a non-threatening atmosphere that is conducive for interacting, so that young people and adults can get to know each other, in the hopes of creating matches and finding permanent adoptive homes. In addition to the ropes course, there was a light breakfast and the Jordan’s Liquid Fireworks show, along with family activities. Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, was in attendance to greet the young people and families.
Collection for girls in-need through April 5, 2015
Jordan’s Furniture partners with Anton’s Cleaners
February’s red carpet televised events and “who are you wearing” fashion coverage can be a difficult reminder for high school junior and senior girls that prom season is just a fantasy for families with limited financial resources. The expenses of prom season bring stress on local families, and the “Belle of the Ball” prom dress drive is back to help high school junior and senior girls with financial constraints.
On February 2, 2015, the 11th annual Belle of the Ball Prom Dress Collection program kicks off and Jordan’s Furniture is proud to, once again, be a prominent partner. Belle of the Ball distributes clean prom dresses, courtesy of Anton’s Cleaners, at no charge to high school junior and senior girls who could not otherwise afford to attend their school’s prom.
According to Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture, “Giving back to the community is a critical part of what our Jordan’s team is all about. We are proud to work with Caring Partners and Anton’s Cleaners to help young women feel beautiful on one of their life’s biggest nights. At Jordan’s, we believe in helping young people in-need and we are proud that Caring Partners is one of our key partnerships.”
The public is invited to help by donating good quality, gently worn or new prom dresses. They can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture store and the Taunton Distribution Center through April 5, 2015. Belle of the Ball culminates in a day-long “boutique” where deserving girls are invited for a day of personal shopping and pampering. Last year, over 400 girls participated in Boutique Day hosted by Simmons College, with close to 2,000 dresses in a variety of colors, styles and sizes displayed, all free of charge. To date, more than 2,300 girls have been outfitted since Belle of the Ball began in 2005. Since attendance to Boutique Day is by “invitation only,” students must be pre-qualified by guidance counselors, teachers and social service agency personnel, who refer high school girls to the program.
For more information about Caring Partners’ Belle of the Ball, visit Jordans.com or antons.com/belle.
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of the 2015 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 In Inner Cities (RBI) Program, equipment will be distributed to over 2,000 inner-city youth.
Starting Monday February 2nd and running until April 5th, 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).
“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 fifth 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.”
“We are grateful to partner with community champion Jordan’s Furniture on this terrific equipment drive for the fifth year,” said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Gena Borson. “Through the collection of gently used equipment, Jordan’s is making summer games possible for many kids in RBI and in our community.”
The 2015 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program runs until April 5th. All information can be found online at www.jordans.com beginning this Monday, February 2nd.
Donates over 8,500 winter garments to area families
A long time supporter of the Coats For Kids Program with Anton's Cleaners, Jordan’s Furniture began collecting gently-used and like-new coats in early October 2014. Winter garments for all ages were gathered at all five Jordan’s locations, along with the Taunton Distribution Center. And after 3 long, cold months, Jordan’s generous customers delivered! Over 8,500 winter coats (8,738 to be exact) for all ages were collected by Jordan’s Furniture. Once cleaned (free of charge by Anton's Cleaners), coats are distributed through the Coats for Kids Distribution Partners , including BU Medical Center Outreach Van Project, Catholic Charities, Community Giving Tree, Massachusetts Community Action Programs (MASSCAP), Mental Health Association of Greater Lowell, Middlesex Human Service Agency, Salvation Army, Taunton State Hospital, Wish Project and many more . “Jordan’s Furniture has supported Coats For Kids for a long time”, says Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “Each year, our wonderful customers hear the message and answer the call. I am continually amazed by the generosity of the people around us. To be able to contribute so many garments to families in our communities who are underserved is a great feeling.” Jordan’s Furniture is proud to be a significant contributor and partner with Coats For Kids, making the winter a bit warmer for many area families in-need.
On Sunday morning, January 4, 2015, Jordan’s Furniture hosted a private, specialized adoption event at Enchanted Ice, the indoor skating rink at Jordan’s Enchanted Village. The event was in partnership with the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) and its goal was to help find permanent homes through adoption for older children and sibling groups living in foster care. Over 200 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, skating games, and activities.