A CULTURE OF GIVING BACK
Steinhafels does not like to stay hidden behind the doors of its stores across the region. We truly strive to become part of the communities we serve. Each year, Steinhafels partners with more than 100 local nonprofit organizations on various projects. The company is proud to say that many of its employees take part in company-wide charity events. We support our local communities through: Employees’ interests, company-supported organizations, donating the Steinhafels Community Room to not for profit groups, and holding blood drives--just to name a few!
Blood Center of Wisconsin
Steinhafels hosts an annual blood drive at its Waukesha location to encourage employees and the community to give the gift of life by donating blood. The Blood Center of Wisconsin provides all the blood needed by patients in more than 50 hospitals and 29 counties – including all community hospitals in southeastern Wisconsin. Every blood donation has the potential to save up to THREE lives!
Purple Survivor Couch - Relay For Life
At Steinhafels, we love it when our actual furniture can make a difference and play a role in a special event. That was the case with Relay For Life events throughout Southeast Wisconsin this summer! The American Cancer Society approached us and asked for help. We all vrainstormed, and came up with the "Purple Survivor Couch" idea. The purple couch traveled to several relays, and served as a symbol of survival and hope. In addition to being a comfy spot to pop a squat during relays, the purple couch was also part of a giveaway to help raise money for Relay. The lucky winner was announced at the big Kenosha Relay for Life. Childhood cancer survivor Nancy Brey is now the proud owner of the purple couch!
Ms. Cynthia's Back to School Bash
Here at Steinhafels we are very proud of our employees and their generosity. In late summer some employees on the Waukesha Sales Team took part in their annual Back to School Supply Drive. The supplies were then distributed to children in the inner city at the 4th Annual Ms. Cynthia's Back to School Bash. Employees donated pencils, markers, calculators, backbacks, and other various needed supplies. The Bash was a great success! More than 200 kids received grade-appropriate stuffed backpacks, and had a fun-filled weekend including music, roller skating, and games.
Steinhafels is a major sponsor of "Race for the Cure" - Breast Cancer Research. We participate in Milwaukee and Madison, where we are founding corporate sponsors. In 2016 Steinhafels donated $56,068 to Susan Komen!
The BigWigs campaign engages local corporate and community leaders as representatives in the fight against breast cancer. During the 4 week campaign, each BigWig will raise or give a minimum of $5,000, which will be used to ensure access to essential breast health services and education programs, and support research to find the cures for breast cancer. Through this program, 75 percent of funds raised remain in local communities to help fund local breast cancer initiatives.
The Fisher House
The Fisher House Foundation provides a network of comfort homes, where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment. There are currently 70 locations on the grounds of military and VA medical facilities throughout the United States, as well as Germany and the United Kingdom. The program began in 1990. Fisher House Wisconsin officially opened its doors in April 2016.
Steinhafels is proud to have been a partner in this project from the beginning, and we look forward to seeing what the future brings for local veterans and their families.
Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin
Steinhafels has been partnering with Goodwill Industries for years. Our flagship event has been the Dining Room Trade-In event, and more recently we also added a Bedroom Trade-In as well. These events offer customers the chance to get FREE delivery of certain dining or bedroom purchases when they donate similar used items in exchange. We then deliver all donations to Goodwill Industries of Southeastern Wisconsin for sale in their stores and donation centers. All donated items help support Goodwill’s mission of providing training, employment, and supportive services to people with disabilities or disadvantages who seek greater independence.
ACTS Housing is a Milwaukee group working to make the dream of home ownership a reality for everyone. ACTS reaches out to families who have barriers preventing them from owning homes--including low income, poor credit scores, and language barriers. Partnering with ACTS seemed like a no-brainer for us here at Steinhafels, since it's also our mission to help people create the homes of their dreams. We recently took part in their annual "Longest Table" event, and we are also co-hosting a contest with OnMilwaukee.com that will award $500 gift cards to some families working with ACTS. Since 1992, ACTS has helped more than 2,000 families become homeowners throughout the city.
ALS Association Wisconsin Chapter
Steinhafels is proud to join in the fight against ALS, a motor neuron disorder commonly known as Lou Gehrig's disease. Each year 5,600 more Americans are diagnosed with ALS, and more than 400 Wisconsin patients are battling this debilitating disease. Steinhafels recently took part in the "Milwaukee Walk to Defeat ALS." The event raised $433,000, which will make a huge difference for Wisconsin ALS patients and their families.
Wheeling for Healing
Steinhafels is a major event sponsor and currently a platinum sponsor for Community Memorial’s Wheeling for Healing annual ride. The ride benefits the Cancer Care Center at Community Memorial and celebrates cancer survivors.
All proceeds from this community-wide fundraiser support the Cancer Care Center at Froedtert Health Community Memorial Hospital in Menomonee Falls, WI.
Stars and Stripes Honor Flight
Steinhafels is proud to partner with the Journal Sentinel and Pick 'n Save in supporting the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight. The Flight honors all vets by flying World War Two, Korean War, and terminally ill vets to D.C. to visit their memorials. A documentary crew followed the vets and former Brewers' catcher Jonathan Lucroy on a recent flight. The documentary premiered at Steinhafels in Waukesha.
Steinhafels has been associated with Meta House since 1996. Meta House provides services for poor women with substance use disorders and their children by providing transitional living facilities, job development, both residential and non-residential treatment programs, and childcare. They help young families gain independence and live self-sufficiently. During their 20-year relationship, Steinhafels Furniture has donated furniture and accessories to Meta House totaling over $200,000. This has enabled Meta House to provide furnished apartments for dozens of families living in Meta Housing.
Steinhafels is partnering with Tempur-Pedic to donate mattresses and frames to Meta House. Steinhafels is very proud to be a part of this “sleep inspired” community donation.
Design For A Difference
Steinhafels has been taking part in Design For a Difference-Madison for a couple years now. Steinhafels is often thought of as a Milwaukee company, but we are proud to serve the Madison, Appleton, and Vernon Hills communities as well. Each area is unique, and gives our company a chance to engage with people from all walks of life and backgrounds.
Design For a Difference is a national campaign focused on design makeovers for charities. Thanks to organizers like Floor 360 and BRAVA, Madison has been a staple city for the project for the past two years. This year, the charity chosen was The Rainbow Project, which helps children and families in crisis. Our designers oversaw a complete redesign of the center's "Sensory Room." In 2015, Design For a Difference organizers chose to renovate the Center For Families. The center offers instruction, support, emergency child care, and in-home visits and resources to parents in need of some extra help.
House of Hope
A home. It's something most of us take for granted. But for some people, finding a place to call home is a daily struggle. An organization in Green Bay is hoping to change that. Steinhafels is excited to be a partner in this fight against homelessness. We're proud to have gotten support in the past from former Packers fan favorite John Kuhn.
Ronald McDonald House
Steinhafels helped the Ronald McDonald house with over 50 mattress sets. The Ronald McDonald house provides a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children receiving treatment at nearby hospitals.
Steinhafels is partnering with Tempur-Pedic to donate mattresses and frames to Kathy's House. Kathy's House is a nonprofit organization providing affordable housing to patients of all ages and their caregivers who need to travel to Milwaukee for medical care. We are excited to be working with Kathy’s House for the first time and we are proud to be a part of this “sleep inspired” community donation.
Coats For Kids
Coats for Kids is a passion project that Steinhafels has been proud to support over the years. The program is a community-wide effort to collect new and gently used coats for children in Milwaukee’s inner city. Steinhafels has always been committed to community, so it was a no brainer to team up with Salvation Army, Fox 6, and several other local businesses that work tirelessly to make sure Coats for Kids is a success.
However, none of it would be possible without the fine people of Southeastern Wisconsin. Hundreds of coats are collected every year--from Fox 6 viewers, to Steinhafels customers, and anyone else who is looking for a way to give back. Every year it’s humbling to see the generosity overflowing, just like the bins holding the coats!