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Why We Support The United Way
By Lane Hamm
11/8/2015 4:55:00 PM  

It's the time of the year for our United Way fundraising campaign.

Why do we support the United Way? 

  • Each of us are blessed and this charity provides an avenue for each of us to acknowledge our blessings and to give back. 
  • This campaign provides us with an opportunity to join hands with other individuals and companies across both the St. Louis and Indianapolis markets and behave as a citizen in the communities in which we live.


What I would like to achieve:

  • Achieve our fund-raising goals for the betterment of our communities.
  • Recognize our blessings and express gratitude for them.
  • Instill in each of us an awareness that our community extends beyond those we know and that each of us can make a difference in the lives we touch.


Our campaign has kicked off at each of our locations with the support of United Way Champions who have stepped up to lead our efforts in this important event. 

A special thank you to these people.  I sincerely appreciate your leadership.




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Weekends Only Partners With Habitat for Humanity for Pope Francis House
By Taylor Blake
11/3/2015 3:43:00 PM  
A St. Louis family got the surprise of a lifetime when they found out their Habit for Humanity house had been transformed into a home with the help of Weekends Only.

Latasha was told that she was going through the final inspection, but we surprised her with a completely furnished home. Not surprisingly, there wasn't a dry eye in the house!




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Weekends Only Furniture Outlet Partners with ValleyPalooza Organization
By Ann
5/28/2014 12:52:00 PM  


ST. LOUIS (May 28, 2014) —St. Louis-based furniture store, Weekends Only Furniture Outlet has partnered with the ValleyPalooza Organization to help turn a family’s hope for one day living in their dream home, into a reality. The Hilderbrand's move-in date is this weekend, with an unveiling sure to make this the best three days for three very special residents of the Valley Park neighborhood.

In a few short days, Gail Hilderbrand, her son Jason and her elderly mother will move into their newly re-built home, custom-designed with comfort in mind for Jason’s special needs. After three long years and two attempts at a renovation, Gail and her family will be receiving a homecoming complete with gifts poured out from friends, neighbors, countless volunteers from ValleyPalooza, and the helping hands of the home furnishings experts at Weekends Only.

 “My heart was so deeply touched after reading about the Hilderbrand family and their urgent need for help, we made a decision to donate a houseful of furniture,” said Tom Phillips, Chief Executive Officer, Weekends Only. “It has taken a while to get to this point because everything had to be re-done, but the wait is nearly over. With the help of everyone involved, it will all come together soon.”

Hilderbrand and her young adult son, Jason, who has severe cerebral palsy, have suffered setbacks over the past three years. Vandals set fire to their home a year-and-a half ago after the initial renovation was nearly complete. The full-scale re-build of the Hilderbrand home today is designed to finally give the family a better quality of life.

“Our goal was to give Gail and her family the things they like to look at,” says Phillips. “With a complete rebuilding of the house to suit their needs, we can give more than necessities. We can give their house character and make it a place that they’re proud to call home.”

Weekends Only Provides the Comforts of Home

Weekends Only developed a wish list of things to fill the Hilderbrand home. They will complete the design concept on Friday, May 30th, when their team arrives to set-up and display functional quality furniture combined with aesthetically pleasing pieces and accessories. Items donated include the essential, foundational pieces such as: a coffee table, sofa, recliner, bar stools and beds for two bedrooms.

The experts from Weekends Only will pull together a home makeover that adds warmth and color with complementary accent rugs, lamps and wall art. Key pieces for comfort to help make it look and feel like a home include a leather sofa, oversized recliner and of course, frames for family photos. The big reveal by Weekends Only is scheduled at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, May 30th, at the Hilderbrand home located at 631 Benton Street in Valley Park.

“Every part of their new home has been accomplished by donations and volunteer work,” says Jenn Vanelli, Co-Founder, ValleyPalooza Organization, Inc. “Home should always be our sanctuary and this one truly will be,” said Denny McGrath of Last Mile Home Delivery. “Last Mile Home is glad to play a small role in helping with this effort that is for some very worthy people.”

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Real World Business Partners with UrbanFUTURE
By John
5/27/2014 9:44:00 AM  

Mentor of the year - Jared VonOehsen - Weekends Only HR Services SupervisorWe are “Real World Business Partners” with UrbanFUTURE because of the importance of their mission to the City of St. Louis, and especially to the middle school students in our urban core whom they serve. Many people don’t realize that over 50% of urban children drop out of school before graduation. Growing up in poverty often causes them to lose hope that the American Dream is truly meant for them. They don’t always have ready role models or opportunities to experience what is truly possible if they stay in school – a job, a family, economic security, pursuing a dream… these seem out of reach in a public school system struggling to provide the classroom basics, much less the enrichment opportunities that help kids decide to pursue an education, career, etc. It is during middle school when we can truly make a difference and support them to stay the course to graduate!

Weekends Only is able to help bring these enrichment programs – and hope – back into the lives of these urban kids by partnering with UF so they understand there is a community around them that cares, wants them to succeed, and will help them do so! Our employees help as mentors, classroom speakers, urban gardeners, and fundraisers for these programs - like a summer visit to Washington D.C to learn about our government; Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs such as the recent U.S. Navy Blue Angels "Night Under the Stars" at the Saint Louis Science Center Planetarium; and the Missouri SuperMileage engineering challenge through Ranken Technical Institute. And, our employees get so much back from helping as well!

Partnering with UrbanFUTURE is a great way for any company who wants to help create a brighter future for St. Louis, and help these awesome kids restore their path to the future! I’d be happy to talk with others who are interested to learn how they or their company can help.


Contact: John Wennemann, Director of Human Resources
314-447-1510 or jwennemann@weekendsonly.com

Pictured above: Jared VonOehsen, Weekends Only HR Services Supervisor (holding award) with his student mentee, Hubert and UF CEO Frank VanBree – Jared was recognized as 2014 UrbanFUTURE Mentor of the Year at Busch Middle School!




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UrbanFUTURE Is Going Places!
By Ashley
3/3/2014 10:24:00 AM  

UrbanFUTURE has accomplished so much toward helping students in St. Louis achieve their academic goals and start the path to a successful career. At Weekends Only we’re excited to contribute to UrbanFUTURE’s growth and opportunities in any way possible. We’re proud to say many of our employees are UrbanFUTURE mentors and choose to spend their personal time shaping the future of St. Louis. One of the opportunities UrbanFUTURE students are hopeful to take advantage of is the annual trip to Washington D.C. In order to participate, each student is required to select a monument or landmark of interest in Washington, D.C. and spend the semester researching its history and significance. Last year the students were thrilled to visit the places they had learned so much about. From walking the halls of the Library of Congress to watching the historic changing of the guard at Arlington Cemetery, last year’s students covered more ground in the three days than most had walked all year. For many students this is the opportunity of a lifetime and they are always extremely grateful to those who help them along the way.

UrbanFUTURE operates in St. Louis city, in partnership with family, school and community, and is dedicated to the success of urban youth through character formation, academic growth and career preparation.

Interested in learning more about UrbanFUTURE and how you can help these students get to D.C.? Click here!




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