CONN'S CARES: HELPING CHILDREN THRIVE
Conn's HomePlus® believes that every child deserves a chance to dream of positive possibilities and to turn those possibilities into realities.
Conn's Cares is helping deliver on that promise. We're taking action and making an impact in our local communities and beyond, by empowering children, our country's greatest resource, to dream, learn, connect and succeed.
Conn's Cares isn't a passive declaration – it's an active pursuit and a call to action!
Empowering Kids through Literacy
On February 25, 2015, Conn's HomePlus kicked off the Conn's Cares program in partnership with First Book, a nonprofit social enterprise that provides books, school supplies and other resources to help children in need. Employees gathered in Houston to pack up 20,000 new books to donate to local schools and educators. Each educator hand-picked up to 125 books in celebration of the 125-year anniversary of Conn's HomePlus, with one teacher calling the event a holiday for educators and students!
We work with First Book to facilitate school reading parties and orchestrate in-store programs that distribute books to local children in every market Conn's HomePlus serves. We're continuing our partnership with First Book in 2016, and this year Conn's HomePlus will donate more than $100,000 in new books to children living in low-income communities.
Starting in 2016, we're partnering with Little Free Libraries to purchase and distribute more than 50 small, handcrafted houses throughout communities in the 12 states we serve to encourage the sharing and exchange of books.
The First Book and Little Free Library programs both have been recognized by the Library of Congress for excellence in the advancement of literacy.
Reading Parties: A Proud Conn's HomePlus Tradition in the Communities We Serve
Reading parties have a special place in the history of Conn's HomePlus, going back to when employees and the founder would regularly read to children in the schools of Beaumont, Texas, where the company was founded. We're carrying on that tradition by regularly hosting reading parties in the communities we serve. Here's a selection of our recent events:
April 6, 2016 – Roosevelt Elementary Reading Party in McAllen, Texas
We were happy to donate more than 1,000 books to Roosevelt Elementary and three charming kid-decorated Little Free Libraries to the school and community!
October 7, 2015 – Desert Oasis Elementary Reading Party in Phoenix, Arizona
We were pleased to visit Desert Oasis Elementary School in Phoenix to host a book reading party and donate 1,000 books to the school and students.
August 7, 2015 – Backpacks of Books for San Antonio Children in Need
We were happy to work with the San Antonio Food Bank and donate 1,000 backpacks full of 4,500 new books to help San Antonio children get excited to go back to school!
May 7, 2015 – Conn's Cares First Reading Party in Aurora, Colorado
Throughout 2015, Conn's Cares visited schools with partner First Book to host book reading parties and donate $300,000 in new books. After the premiere reading party at Lyn Knoll Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado, Conn's HomePlus donated 1,000 new books for the students to take home.
We look forward to visiting many more children in our communities in 2016 and supporting them to learn, grow and succeed!