Harmony for Youth receives donation through local staffing company

Express Employment Professionals pitched donation as part of international 'Impact' project

Garrett Hein, left, and Bruce Hein, both of Express Employment Professionals, pose with a symbolic cheque representing a corporate donation of $5,000 U.S. to Harmony for Youth. Several members of the Harmony community are also pictured.

The local office of Express Employment Professionals has helped facilitate a donation of $5,000 (U.S.) that was earmarked for Harmony for Youth.

The donation, which was presented to Harmony representatives by the Sarnia office of the staffing company, is the result of a “pitch” to the corporate office’s philanthropic committee.

The initiative is part of Express Employment Professionals’ Impact Project, which is designed to give back to nonprofits nominated by franchises, including the one in Sarnia.

Harmony for Youth provides free drum, guitar and piano lessons to children and hosts an award-winning choir. The organization assists students with homework, tutoring, and mentorship – all at no cost.

The donation to Harmony for Youth was announced in front of an audience of nearly 2,000 at a recent leadership conference organized by Express Employment Professionals in San Francisco.

Bob Funk, Express Employment Professionals CEO, said the company prides itself on having a culture built on giving and service.

“With that in mind, we know how important it is to support the communities where we work, serve, and live. The dedication and support that owner Bruce Hein and his office have shown for Harmony for Youth is a great example of that service,” said Funk.

Harmony for Youth is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to build young people’s self-esteem by teaching them creative methods of self-expression through the arts. The donation from Express will help the organization purchase and maintain instruments and supplies.

‘I’m honoured to be a part of a company that believes so strongly in giving back to the communities where we live.’—Bruce Hein, Express Employment Professionals.

“I’m honoured to be a part of a company that believes so strongly in giving back to the communities where we live,” said Hein, who began the local franchise in 2006 after many years operating as an independent staffing company. “Harmony for Youth holds a special place in the hearts of our community and we’re excited they were selected as one of the charities to receive this donation.”

The local Express Employment Professionals office serves Sarnia and the surrounding areas with temporary help and direct hire employees in a variety of fields, including engineering, manufacturing, skilled trades, technical, accounting/finance, human resources, IIT, administrative, and light industrial.

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