MOORE, Okla. (February, 28, 2014)
“The May 2013 tornadoes left a deep scar on our state,” said Bob Funk, Express CEO and chairman of the board. “Following the devastation, the city of Moore and surrounding communities have shown incredible resilience. In every disaster, people in the eye of the storm need a helping hand. At Express, we are always here to lend a hand.”
Express will provide funds every two months for five years toward the purchase of 30 lots. With international headquarters in Oklahoma City, the employment and staffing company will also provide a workforce of its headquarters employees to periodically assist Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity with construction. Employees will volunteer for one workday every two months, each time a new lot is purchased.
“We are grateful for this investment by Express in the community,” said Ann Felton, Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity CEO. “The company’s generosity enables our organization to provide 30 families with affordable homes in Moore. The Express donation is another example of the compassion and unity we have witnessed in the wake of May’s tragedy.”
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity currently has homes available for purchase in Moore. Qualified families will be able to buy homes on lots purchased by Express as they are completed.
Stanley Black & Decker has joined forces with Express to provide tools required for the rebuilding effort. The tools were delivered Friday by the World Champion Express Clydesdales six-horse hitch team and given to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
In addition to the $300,000 gift to Habitat, Funk has been a supporter of relief efforts associated with the May tornadoes. In June, Express donated $25,000 to the United Way OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund. Express-affiliated company Prodigal Sports has been involved in building five homes in the past three years with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity through its partnership with the Oklahoma City Barons. And, Express employees have also volunteered with Habitat for Humanity in the past to build homes.
“30 Years with 30 Homes” is made possible by Express Employment Professionals, along with Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity and Stanley Black & Decker.