MOORE — Bob Funk wasn’t horsing around.
His Express Employment Professionals pledged $300,000 to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity on Friday to buy 30 lots in a Moore neighborhood devastated by tornadoes.
The company, which is observing its 30th anniversary, launched its “Celebrating 30 Years with 30 Homes” initiative with a ceremony complete with some of Funk’s Clydesdales at Moore Fire Station No. 1.
Stanley Black & Decker joined with Express to provide tools for the rebuilding effort. They were delivered Friday by the World Champion Express Clydesdales six-horse hitch team and presented to Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity.
“The May 2013 tornadoes left a deep scar on our state,” said 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.”
Funk said Express will provide funds every two months for five years toward the purchase of 30 lots. The Oklahoma City-based employment and staffing company also will periodically provide volunteer labor by headquarters employees.
“We are grateful for this investment by Express in the community,” said Ann Felton Gilliland, CEO of 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 has homes available for purchase in Moore. Qualified families will be able to buy homes on lots purchased by Express as they are completed. For more information, call 232-4828.