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
In 2016, we worked with First Book to facilitate school reading parties and orchestrate in-store programs that distributed books to local children in every market Conn's HomePlus serves. At every reading party, we donated 1,000 books and furniture for a reading nook. We also partnered with Little Free Libraries to purchase and distribute small, handcrafted houses throughout communities in all the states we serve to encourage the sharing and exchange of books. We donated 3 student-decorated Little Free Libraries to each school and community we visited. The First Book and Little Free Library programs both have been recognized by the Library of Congress for excellence in the advancement of literacy.
Through our 2017 program, "Heroes Among Us", we're inspiring kids by introducing them to local heroes – police departments, fire departments, military personnel, nurses and other people who serve their communities.
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. Here's a video summary of Conn's Cares events in 2016:
December 14, 2016 – Dunn Elementary Reading Party in Houston, Texas - Blizzard of Books
In addition to the 1,000 books, furniture and Little Free Libraries we donated, we were delighted to bring snow to the students at Dunn Elementary and provide a winter wonderland!
November 1, 2016 – Davila Elementary Reading Party in Houston, Texas
Where the Wild Things Read: Conn’s made a splash with the Davila Dolphins students by donating books about animals and bringing in special guests — a lemur, monkey and kangaroo — for an assembly event.
October 27, 2016 – Leon Daiches Elementary Reading Party in Laredo, Texas
October 18, 2016 – Twin Oaks Elementary Reading Party in Baton Rouge, Louisiana
September 28, 2016 – McBee Elementary Reading Party in Austin, Texas
May 10, 2016 – Key Elementary Reading Party in Tulsa, Oklahoma
May 4, 2016 – Alvarado Elementary Reading Party in Albuquerque, New Mexico
May 3, 2016 – Warner Enhanced Option Elementary Reading Party in Nashville, Tennesssee
April 6, 2016 – Roosevelt Elementary Reading Party in McAllen, Texas
October 7, 2015 – Desert Oasis Elementary Reading Party in Phoenix, Arizona
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.
February 25, 2015 – Conn's Cares Kickoff
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 look forward to visiting many more children in our communities and supporting them to learn, grow and succeed!