Joe Goodman has served on the JVS Board of Directors since 2008. He co-founded Bob's Discount Furniture in 1991 and over the next decade, helped lead the company through its dramatic growth. He is now an active philanthropist and mentor, donating his time, experience, and strategic thinking to several non-profit organizations in the Boston area. In 2020, JVS honored Joe and his wife Lynne at elevate: The JVS Gala
Continue reading to learn how Joe became involved with JVS and his philosophy on volunteerism.
You’ve supported JVS for 15 years. What originally drew you to JVS?
When I retired from a retail business my hope was to find an organization that was in a space I could contribute. Browsing through the Globe I saw an article that described a program for immigrants to help them start their own business. I sat in on a few sessions and enjoyed interacting with the participants and the staff. That first step led me to learn about the various programs and begin to understand their impact.
Over the years that you’ve been involved with JVS, how would you describe the role of innovation in our growth so far and in our future?
The organization then could be described as set in its approach to challenges it had been dealing with for years. There was no risk taking resulting in little innovation. When Jerry Rubin took hold the rate of growth accelerated. There was a new approach to partnerships with all stakeholders. Fee for services helped prove the value of the services provided. The management began to recognize the worth of services delivered.
L’dor v’dor in volunteerism and philanthropy. Why is this idea so important to you?
All of my grandparents were immigrants. I don’t know if any received help from JVS but I’m certain they needed them. None spoke English. My father was proudest when able to support his synagogue, Israel or any Jewish organization. He viewed it as a privilege. I know I’m a better person because of his leadership and hope that my children and grandchildren will learn from him as I did.