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BOSTON, M.A.—June 25, 2018—Starting June 25 and running through August 19, all Jordan’s Furniture store locations will collect donations of new and gently used clothing and shoes for children ages birth to twelve years old in support of Cradles to Crayons®’ Ready for School program. This marks the 12th year of Cradles to Crayons’ school preparedness program, which provides local Massachusetts homeless and low-income children with the essential back-to-school supplies and clothing needed to start the year prepared and excited to learn. The Cradles to Crayons/Jordan’s Furniture partnership, now in its seventh year, has supported 18, 447 children to date.
“We are so proud to continue our partnership with Cradles to Crayons and to support their Ready for School program,” said Eliot Tatelman, Jordan’s President and CEO. “I remember my first days of school and all of the memories of each one. It is so important for every child to feel 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. Through the generosity of our wonderful customers, we know that our donation drives have made an impact during the last five years. We hope for the same success this year.”
Cradles to Crayons was founded in 2002 with the mission of providing children from birth to age twelve with the clothes, toys, school supplies, shoes, and other essentials they need to thrive. The organization provides these items free of charge by working through a network of Service Partners like City Connects, Self Help, Boston Public School District, and others to distribute customized KidPacks, containing a week’s worth of clothing and critical items. Cradles to Crayons is a trusted resource to families in need, to the partners who serve those families, and to families, corporations, and individuals looking for ways to make tangible differences in their own communities. Ready for School will serve 70,000 children this year between June 1 and September 30.
“Jordan’s Furniture has been an invaluable supporter of our Ready for School program for the past five years. Their efforts will ensure that thousands of children enter the classroom with clothing they can be proud of and the confidence and excitement that come with feeling prepared. We thank Jordan’s Furniture for spreading awareness and bringing community members together to give back in a meaningful way,” said Cradles to Crayons Founder and CEO, Lynn Margherio. “On behalf of the kids we serve, we would like to thank Jordan’s for their continued dedication to supporting local children in need.”
The two-month donation drive— through August 19—takes place at all store locations in Avon, MA; Reading, MA; Natick, MA; Nashua, NH; New Haven, CT; and Warwick, RI; along with the Jordan’s Distribution Center in East Taunton, MA and strives to provide every child with essentials of the highest quality. Accepted clothing donations (pants, shirts, sweatshirts, jackets, etc. and NEW pajamas, socks, and undergarments) should be like-new or new, with no rips, stains, or tears in Youth sizes 0 to 18/20 and Adult sizes Small and Medium. Shoe donations include sneakers, school shoes, and boots in sizes infant to adult 10.
Jordan's Furniture Hosts Adoption Party
Boston, MA - Jordan's Furniture hosted the Fenway Park Adoption Grand Slam event in Boston on Sunday, June 3rd.The event benefited Massachusetts foster children awaiting adoption and the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in its ongoing mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens in foster care. The Fenway Park Adoption Grand Slam event was invitation-only and was not open to the public.
Hundreds of guests attended this special event, all to help to find homes for children in foster care. It offered a fun-filled day for children currently in foster care awaiting an adoptive connection. Families who hope to adopt from foster care were also invited and met with social workers one-on-one about specific children. Other guests included experienced adoptive families, along with a "plus one" invitation that they shared with someone in their life who is interested in adopting from foster care. The morning offered a wonderful opportunity to anyone who is considering, or is in the process of pursuing, adoption from foster care.
"Fenway Park is the premier Boston destination for families. And Jordan's has been a part of the Red Sox family and the MARE family for many, many years…so why not bring everyone together to help create even more families? It's perfect!" said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "This adoption event will, hopefully, result in lots of matches between children and families. Plus, we also hope to recruit new families who might have thought about the concept of foster care adoption but have never moved forward. Fenway is a great place to create a fun, casual atmosphere where all of these different groups can come together and to get to know each other," Tatelman said. "I am happy to be a part of it…but I will be even happier when I find out about the connections made during this special day."
Families experienced an amazing day of fun while they explored the dugouts, took photos by the manual scoreboard (near the green monster) and relaxed in the bleachers. They also experienced a virtual reality dugout. In addition, children awaiting an adoptive connection had a unique opportunity to pose at home plate and see themselves on the Jumbo Tron.
MARE focuses on children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) who cannot be reunited with their birth families, including those who are considered more difficult to place – teens, sibling groups, and children with emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges. These children are in need of adoptive families and a place to call home. While there are stages in the adoption process for applicants, there is no cost to adopt from Massachusetts foster care and adopters can be homeowners or renters with an income source that will allow them to support the child.
"We are so pleased that our partners at Jordan's Furniture have created this unique opportunity to allow waiting children, adoptive families and those interested in learning about adoption to share such a memorable experience", said Lisa Funaro, Executive Director of MARE. "It is such a great opportunity for the youth to experience an amazing day of fun and play. For families who are interested in adoption, or for those who are in the process of adopting, it allows them to share in this amazing event and meet others who have walked the same path."
This invitational event, along with numerous other events throughout the year and across the Commonwealth, provides a solid connection to adoption from foster care. For more information about how you can become an adoptive parent, to register to attend an upcoming event, or to simply get answers to your questions, please contact the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange at mareinc.org or by phone at 617.964.6273. .
Jordan's Furniture hosted 5K Sunday May 20, 2018
Over $90,000 raised!
Taunton, MA - Jordan's Furniture, New England's premiere furniture retailer, hosted the 9th Annual Walk/Run for Adoption on Sunday, May 20 from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at its Taunton facility. This event benefited the Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE) in its ongoing mission to find adoptive homes for children and teens waiting in foster care. Over 500 participants walked/ran and over $90,000 was raised for MARE.
MARE focuses on children in the custody of the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families (DCF) who cannot be reunited with their birth families, including those who are considered more difficult to place – teens, sibling groups, and children with emotional, physical, and intellectual challenges. These children are in need of adoptive families and a place to call home.
"What a great way to celebrate foster care adoption…through an event that celebrates families", says Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "I love this event and am so proud to host it each year", he continues. "It is such a wonderful feeling to know that we helped to bring children and parents together to create families. It does not get any better! MARE has been a crucial partner during our 20-year commitment to the adoption community."
The family-friendly event kicked off at 10:00 am with a 5K race followed by an after party filled with food, music, and activities including face painting, balloon artistry, glitter tattoos, a family photo booth, arts and crafts, and a parkour challenge.
By participating in the event, walkers and runners helped to change a child's life by supporting MARE's work to recruit adoptive parents for children and youth in state care. Nationwide, there are over 110,000 children waiting in foster care, in need of adoption. In Massachusetts, nearly 2,800 children currently in foster care have the goal of adoption, and more than 850 of those children have no relative or other potential adopter. Older, school-aged children, sibling groups, children of color and/or children with special needs tend to wait the longest for families.
MARE's Executive Director, Lisa Funaro, shared, "Through the generous support of participants and donors, we are able to continue in our mission to place children and teens from foster care into loving adoptive homes." She went on to say, "This event isn't just about providing the necessary funds required to do our crucial work, it's also about the camaraderie that families and children experience when doing something meaningful in the company of others who have walked the same path. It's about celebrating adoption and acknowledging the joy that children bring to a family. So many now include this activity in their annual family schedule because they get a chance to meet-up and have fun with other families that they have met over the years."
Organizations sponsoring the event include EY, KPMG, Hub Parkour Training Center, Wellesley Bank Charitable Foundation, Insource Services, Brookline Bank, Florence Electric, and Webster One Source.
To learn about adoption from foster care, contact MARE at 617-964-MARE (617-964-6273) or visit www.MAREinc.org.
Donated equipment delivered to Fenway Park for The Red Sox Foundation
TAUNTON, Mass. – Jordan's Furniture delivered a truck full, literally, of baseball and softball equipment to Fenway Park for the Red Sox Foundation's 2018 inner city youth baseball and softball program. Over 32 boxes (the size of living room recliners!) were filled with donated equipment.
Through their Double Play Youth Donation Program, Jordan's Furniture collected like-new, clean baseball and softball equipment at all store locations to donate to the Red Sox Foundation's RBI youth baseball and softball 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 Double Play Youth Donation Program. And with the help of the Red Sox Foundation, we are able to reach a lot of inner-city kids in our area."
"The Red Sox Foundation's RBI and Rookie League program is often the first introduction to baseball for many Boston inner-city kids, and with over 1,600 boys and girls participating, we are always in need of equipment," said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director Bekah Salwasser. "We are grateful to Jordan's Furniture for their annual equipment collection and value the consistent dedication they have had for this program each year."
This is the eighth year that Jordan's has run the charitable collection program. To see all of Jordan's charitable programs, visit our Charities page.
Over 225 youth in attendance and are honored at the 2018 Youth Achievement Celebration
SPECIAL GUESTS – GOVERNOR BAKER AND MRS. BAKER
Reading, MA – on Sunday May 6th from 7pm to 9pm, Jordan's Furniture celebrated youth in foster care who graduated from the Class of 2018. Special guests included the Governor and Mrs. Baker.
The statewide event took place tonight at the Jordan's store in Reading, MA. It was hosted by Department of Children & Families Commissioner Linda Spears and featured special guests Governor Baker and his wife. The evening included food, entertainment, and an awards program to acknowledge the academic achievements of the graduates. During the program in the IMAX Theater, guests enjoyed a video highlighting many of the honored youth, heard from guest speakers and received gifts. During his speech, Governor Baker said that the youth inspired him because of the many challenges that they had to overcome to get to where they were today. At the end of the program, each honored youth received a sports bag, a Red Sox shirt, a Target store gift card, and IMAX Theater tickets. Guests came from across the Commonwealth to attend. Two full-size buses brought youth from the Western part of the state.
Eliot Tatelman and Jordan's Furniture have been sponsoring this achievement celebration for foster youth since 2002, when 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 event is now held at the Jordan's store 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 500 guests, including 225 graduates, attended the May 6th event. "This is our 16th year hosting this special event. Each year, it gets bigger and bigger", says Tatelman. "We are thrilled to continue the tradition of honoring the youth. It is important to acknowledge the academic achievements of these great kids, many who have made it through some adverse conditions", he says. "It is our way to show our support for them."
DCF Commissioner Linda Spears also attended. "The staff at the Department of Children & Families is extremely proud of the graduates and inspired by their resilience and determination to achieve their educational goals," the Commissioner said. "Being able to celebrate as a group, with the social workers and foster parents who support them day in and day out, means so much to the kids. Eliot and his team at Jordan's Furniture leave no detail unattended and DCF is so grateful for their commitment to this event every year."
The evening concluded with a private screening of the newly released Avengers: Infinity War in IMAX 3D for the honored youth and their families.
New Haven, CT – a Jordan's Furniture van filled with like-new and new youth baseball equipment pulled up in front of the New Haven YMCA Youth Center on Wednesday May 2nd to make a very special delivery – equipment for the kids so that they could play ball this summer. The equipment was courtesy of Jordan's Furniture and their 2018 CT Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program. During the past several months, Jordan's customers were asked to drop off donations at the New Haven Long Wharf location. Through the generosity of local customers, along with the purchase of some new equipment by Jordan's, boxes and boxes of youth equipment were delivered to the New Haven YMCA Youth Center just in time for the upcoming season. "Thanks to the equipment donated from the Jordan's Furniture Double Play Youth Baseball Program, New Haven children who may have not been able to play baseball, now can. We are so excited!", said New Haven YMCA Youth Center District Executive Director Emily Jackson. "The New Haven YMCA Youth Center will also be able to offer a Summer youth baseball program, too, because of the donation". Jordan's Furniture is happy to supply the equipment and proud to support the programs and services of the New Haven YMCA Youth Center.
New Haven CT – Customers entering Jordan's Furniture in New Haven for the past few months brought not only their desire to shop for furniture but they also brought like-new prom dresses, to donate to Project Hope CT's "Say Yes to the Prom Dress" Boutique. As part of the Belle of the Ball prom dress collection drive that Jordan's sponsors every year, gently-used gowns and cocktail dresses were collected throughout February and March, to be distributed to girls in-need within the Greater New Haven community. "Jordan's has been part of the Belle of the Ball Program in MA for many years," said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "Since we now have a store in New Haven, we wanted to be able to give back to this community, too, so we partnered with Project Hope CT. They are our Distribution Partner within Connecticut for the dresses, so that young girls right here in our neighborhood will be able to attend the prom." All donated prom dresses are cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners, the MA-based company who founded the Belle of the Ball Program.
The 350 dresses were delivered to Project Hope CT on Friday April 13th to their "Say Yes To The Prom Dress Boutique" in downtown New Haven CT. Qualified teens will receive a prom dress free of charge. For more information about Project Hope, visit ProjectHopeCT@gmail.com | Phone: 203-936-9510. For more information about Jordan's Furniture and their Community Outreach, visit Jordans.com/about-us/charities.
Jordan's sponsors and collect over 3,700 dresses for the program.
Hundreds and hundreds of girls attended the 2018 Belle of the Ball Boutique at the Hynes Convention Center in Boston on April 7th, in preparation for that all-important high school event…the prom! Most of the teens who were at the event would not otherwise have the opportunity to attend the dance, due to the high cost of dresses, shoes, and accessories. That is where the Belle Boutique comes in! Throughout the winter months, sponsors like Jordan's Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank collected like-new dresses from generous donors. All dresses were cleaned for free by Antons and then distributed to area girls in-need through the annual Belle Boutique. Almost 1,000 high school Juniors and Seniors from area communities, some coming by the bus load, participated in the free, invitation-only event and chose their perfect dress so that they can attend the dance in style. Since the cost of the prom can keep this rite-of-passage out reach for many, the Boutique is an important day.
"I look forward to Boutique Day every year," said Eliot Tatelman, president and CEO of Jordan's Furniture. "Every high school girl should have the chance to go to her prom and feel beautiful. This event makes that happen. It makes dreams come true for these young ladies - it's fantastic."
This year, the Hynes Convention Center was the new host for Boutique Day. A powerful personal experience, the 14th Boutique Day had more space to display thousands of dresses collected, in variety of colors, styles and sizes - all free of charge. "With a larger venue and more space, this year's Belle of the Ball was better than ever," said Arthur Anton Jr., COO of Anton's Cleaners and corporate partner. "We could expand the number of guests and the new space is a giant leap forward in our fifteenth year of service."
According to Arthur Anton Jr., COO, Anton's Cleaners and a founder of Belle of the Ball, "Every high school girl should have the experience of feeling beautiful, inside and out, at their prom. We couldn't make these dreams come true without a legion of corporate partners, dress donors, and a giant team of loyal volunteers and supporters."
As a primary sponsor of the Belle of the Ball program, Jordan's Furniture collected 3,782 like-new and trendy gowns from generous customers at all store locations and also at their Taunton DC. (The dresses collected at the Jordan's store in New Haven CT are distributed to area teens in-need through Project Hope CT.) Jordan's is proud to continue their support of the Belle of the Ball Program and to participate in the Belle Boutique.
Jordan's was proud to be a sponsor and support the kids.
Jordan's sponsored the 2018 Hasbro Children's Hospital Radiothon on April 5th with Cumulus Providence Radio Stations including 92 ProFM, Lite Rock 105, 630 PRO and Hot 106. The day-long live broadcast from the hospital included family stories, on-air pledges and touching interviews. It raised a record-breaking $422,431 from generous donors! All funds will go directly toward the life-saving care provided by the hospital. In addition to the sponsorship, Jordan's provided furniture for the "Jordan's Furniture Family Area", a space dedicated to the families and children participating in the Radiothon. After the event, the furniture was donated to the family of a patient. Jordan's is proud to continue the support of Hasbro Children's Hospital and the great work that they do to help children in the community with life-saving care.
On Sunday morning March 25th, hundreds of people gathered at the Jordan's Furniture store in Reading MA from 8:30AM to 11AM for a private event regarding foster care adoption with their partner of 20 years Massachusetts Adoption Resource Exchange (MARE)…all to find permanent, adoptive homes for some very special children and youth. Over 170 children in foster care and approximately 130 pre-adoptive families attended, along with social workers from all parts of the state. Based around the ropes course and other inter-active activities, families and children got to know one another in the intimate, fun-filled atmosphere of Beantown. Eliot Tatelman, Jordan's President and CEO, was on-site to greet the smiling guests. There was a lot of communication between families, children and social workers. In this day and age of technology, it is events such as this one that provide "face time" and where matches happen, hopefully resulting in permanent, adoptive homes. Jordan's Furniture is proud to continue their support of the adoption and foster care communities and its partnership with MARE.
Watch WBZ ch 4's story on Jordan's adoption event.
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the Red Sox Foundation
Taunton, MA – There may be snow on the ground and cold temperatures in the air but it’s time to think baseball! Specifically youth baseball. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of their 2018 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth for the upcoming season. 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 today and running through April 15th, equipment donations can be dropped off at any Jordan’s Furniture location in MA, RI, or NH, 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).
“This is the eighth year that we are running our youth baseball donation program because we have seen in past seasons that the equipment gets directly in the hands of kids who need it. And the need does not end”, said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “In this day and age of pay-to-play, there are thousands of kids that just cannot afford to play sports. We are excited to, again, team up with the Red Sox Foundation…the perfect partner!”.
“Jordan’s Furniture is a tremendous partner in the community. They are providing an incredible resource to hundreds of youth baseball and softball players by creating the Double Play Program,” said Red Sox Foundation Executive Director, Bekah Salwasser. “We are so appreciative of their commitment and willingness to collaborate to ensure youth have the critical access to recreational opportunities to stay healthy and happy throughout the summer.”
Baseball equipment for inner-city youth
In partnership with the New Haven YMCA Youth Center
There may be snow on the ground and cold temperatures in the air but it’s time to think baseball! Specifically youth baseball. Jordan’s Furniture is proud to announce the launch of their 2018 Double Play Youth Baseball Donation Program, a project that will supply like-new baseball/softball equipment to inner-city youth for the upcoming season. In partnership with the New Haven YMCA Youth Center, equipment will be distributed to inner-city youth.
Starting today and running through April 15th, equipment donations can be dropped off at Jordan’s Furniture New Haven Long Wharf. 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).
“There are so many kids right in our back yard who just do not have the opportunity to play sports, due to the expense of equipment” said Eliot Tatelman, President and CEO of Jordan’s Furniture. “That is why we are so excited to team up with New Haven YMCA Youth Center…the perfect partner! They will get the donated equipment directly in the hands of local youth who simply have not played ball”.
“We are excited to partner with Jordan’s Furniture and the Double Play Youth Baseball Program. At the New Haven YMCA Youth Center, we are dedicated to youth development” said Emily Jackson, District Executive Director of the New Haven YMCA Youth Center. “Many of the youth we serve, have never had the opportunity to explore baseball. Jordan’s Furniture will help provide the equipment necessary to give another opportunity our youth in New Haven.”
Held at Jordan's Furniture New Haven, Long Wharf
Jordan's neighbor Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (CDBi) held a team-oriented, no-experience-necessary sporting event for the New Haven community on Sunday January 21, 2018 at the Jordan's Furniture store in New Haven. The Indoor Rowing Relay & Raffle took place from 8:30am to 11am in the "It Adventure Ropes Course" area. The Indoor Rowing Relay featured a friendly competition between 75 competitors. Spectators, volunteers, and parents watched as they used indoor rowing machines to compete. The races were projected live onto the large wall behind the Water Show fountain in the ropes course area, creating fun for spectators, as well.
Over $2500 in donated raffle prizes were given away. The funds raised from the event will be used for equipment such as dragon boats, rowing shells, paddles, and life jackets, coaches' salaries for public school student programs, and rental of the Quinnipiac River Marina for housing and maintenance of the organization's boating equipment.
Canal Dock Boathouse, Inc. (CDBi) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization in New Haven. They operate a community-oriented, waterfront center to support programming of non-motorized boating activities, as well as environmental education programs through a partnership with the University of New Haven. For more information about CDBi, please visit: www.canaldock.org or www.facebook.com/CanalDock.
From October through December 2017, all Jordan’s Furniture locations accepted like-new, gently-used winter coats for all ages, as a Corporate Partner and Sponsor of Coats For Kids, a program run by Caring Partners Inc. that provides winter garment for area families. Through the generosity of Jordan’s customers, over 8,400 winter coats of all sizes for both children and adults were dropped off during the 3-month collection period. All coats were cleaned free of charge by Antons Cleaners. The donated coats were distributed to area families in-need by partners such as The Salvation Army, Mass Coalition for the Homeless, Children’s Friend, MASSCAP, the Wish Project, Jumpstart, Community Giving Tree, New Reach Inc. and many others, including social service agencies in MA, NH, RI, and CT.
Jordan’s Furniture has been a proud sponsor and partner with Coats For Kids for over 12 years. A radio public-service-campaign aired throughout the market, voiced by Jordan’s President and CEO Eliot Tatelman. To help further publicize the program, Jordan’s displayed posters in all stores, included information on the company’s website, posted messages on social media, and deployed email blasts. “It has always been important for us to give back to the community,” says Tatelman. “We offer our stores as drop-off locations for donations, making it easy for our customers to participate in the program. Antons Cleaners does a such a great job and we are proud that our involvement helps to generate thousands and thousands of coats for families right in our neighborhoods.”
Jordan’s also provided many of the prizes for Coats For Kids School Rewards, including donations toward after-school or sports programs to the schools that collected the most number of coats. Tickets to Jordan’s Sunbrella IMAX Theaters were also donated to winning schools. Congratulations to the Academy of Notre Dame, the Woodward School, and Pappas Rehabilitation School for Children as the big winners!
The mission of Coats for Kids is simple, “Anyone who needs a coat will have one.” Since the program’s conception by Antons in 1995, over one million coats have been collected and distributed. Coats For Kids is a Caring Partners program and is sponsored by Jordan’s Furniture, Antons Cleaners, and Enterprise Bank.