Bob completing 2011 MS Bike Ride
Helping others has always been very important to the Harmons family and to everyone who works at Harmons. As a result of our passion and commitment, we've raised upwards of two million dollars for local charities and non-profit organizations. Because we nearly always involve our customers and other community groups, we're able to give much more than we could alone.
Throughout the year Harmons gives monetary and in-kind donations to a number of non-profit organizations within our communities that many people may never hear about. What people do hear about more often are the promotions and events that involve our amazing customers and vendor communities. Not only do these annual events raise funds for great organizations, but they are always a fun and fulfilling time for Harmons associates and customers.
At Harmons, we love to give donations to deserving groups and organizations. Keep in mind, though, that we're on a budget just like everyone else. We wish we could say yes to everyone. Please visit the Business Center at your local Harmons for more information on how to submit a written request. Donation requests are handled on a store by store basis. Donation inquiries will not be taken by phone at stores or the Support Office.
Although we would like to say yes to everyone, we are unable to make donations to:
If you remember the days of the delicious and fun Lions Club breakfasts, you'll enjoy the new fundraising event even more. Join us on August 20, 2011 for the 2nd Annual Walk With the Blind. Money raised will go the Utah Lions Club Foundation. It donates funds to sight-preservation projects, along with youth and community-development programs such as the Utah Lions Eye Bank at the John Moran Eye Center, the Utah Foundation for the Blind and the Utah Coalition for Organ, Eye and Tissue Donation. The Utah Lions Eye Bank provides the gift of sight to nearly 400 Utahns each year. You can find out more information about the Utah Lions Club and register for the event at www.walkwiththeblind.org. But what about the traditional breakfast? Don't worry, the event includes a pancake breakfast.
At certain times of the year we invite our shoppers to purchase $10 Food for Families grocery bags at our check stands and drop them in the Utah Food Bank barrels at the front of our stores. The bags are already filled with much needed food items and are an easy way to help Utah families facing food insecurity. As reported in a February 2010 study released by the Utah Food Bank and Feeding America, more than 245,100 people receive emergency food each year through the Utah Food Bank's food assistance network. During the 2011 Summer Food Drive, customers donated 33,617 pounds of food! For fiscal years 2008-2010 alone, Harmons donated 878,312 pounds of food to the Utah Food Bank through various contribution opportunities - an incredible testament to the generosity of Harmons' customers.
Did you know . . . Utah is ranked 4th in the nation for the highest rate of very low food security. In fact, one in 10 Utahns and one in eight Utah children live in poverty, and 400,000 Utahns are at risk of skipping or missing a meal each day.