Community Involvement

  • Giving Back in Our Local Communities

    Whether we are helping people build their careers or their businesses, Express believes that hope is the foundation for a successful life.


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  • Our Success: Helping People

    Express Employment Professionals is active in its communities both nationally and locally through its franchise offices. Express gives back in order to help communities, organizations and individuals succeed. The Express corporate giving program reflects the company's vision to help as many people as possible find good jobs by helping as many businesses as possible find good people.

  • A Work of Heart

  • bitbBrand It Blue Initiative

    The Brand It Blue Initiative was born out of a desire to serve and partner with a variety of nonprofit organizations in more than 800 locations in the United States, Canada, and South Africa. As part of the mission of Express Employment Professionals, our franchises help connect qualified job seekers with reputable companies, but also go above and beyond to provide hope to their communities.

    In recent years, franchise offices partnered with local food banks to help end chronic hunger. Between 2013 – 2017, Express staff, associates, clients, friends, and family provided nearly 600,000 meals through food drives, monetary collections, and volunteer hours served!  

    Realizing our franchisees our passionate about numerous causes, from hunger to education, homeless animals to senior citizens, the Brand It Blue Initiative is now a year-long, expanded philanthropic effort. We invite you to join us as we give back.

    Locate and call the nearest Express Employment Professionals office near you to find out how you can participate!

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    The employees of a nationally-franchised company known for fulfilling critical employment needs gave up free time on a recent Saturday to sort soft drinks and stack boxes as part of a day of volunteerism called "Brand It Blue Day."

    "It's a way for us to really give back to our community," said Diego Lejwa, DeSoto and Shelby counties franchisee and owner of Express Employment Professionals in Southaven. "There are so many families who need it in DeSoto and Marshall counties."

    This past Saturday, Express Employment Professionals offices from California to North Carolina to Canada joined together at local food banks and pantries to help fight hunger, a growing epidemic that impacts millions of people in the U.S., Canada and around the world every day. During that time, more than 200 Express offices and 1,500 volunteers have donated their time and resources to provide more than 156,000 meals to local food banks and charitable organizations. Saturday marked the fourth year that the staffing company has held "Brand It Blue Day."

    Express began hosting a food drive at its franchise office at 5740 Getwell Road in early May. On Saturday, volunteers gathered the food and transported it to the HeartLand Hands Food Pantry, where they helped sort and package items on site.

    "We've done this in the past with the food pantry in Olive Branch," Lejwa said. "We found out about HeartLand Hands about two months ago. What's impressive about them is that they help families not only in DeSoto and Marshall counties but across North Mississippi."

    Pastor Mike Higgins with HeartLand Hands Food Pantry said the food pantry opened its doors in November of 2006.

    "Because of the dedication of companies like this, this operation works," Higgins said. "We're touching about 3,000 lives a month."

    - DeSoto Times-Tribune

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    It was a case of painting the town — or make that the school, with a fresh coat of paint at Olive Branch Elementary School on Saturday.

    For Diego Lejwa, Owner of Express Employment Professionals of DeSoto County and Ryan Barnes, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones in Olive Branch, picking up paintbrushes and rollers and helping to spruce up classrooms and hallways of one of the oldest schools in the district is the best way to spend a Saturday afternoon.

    Sunnie Barkley, Olive Branch Elementary School Principal, said the school, located in Olive Branch Old Towne, dates to 1972 and over the years has seen its share of wear and tear.

    "We are so thankful to them for taking this project on," said Barkley, who rolled up her sleeves and went to work alongside volunteers from Express Employment Professionals and other participating businesses which are part of the Olive Branch Chamber of Commerce Young Business Leaders group.

    "We put out a proposal to all of the local schools to see what their needs might be and Principal Barkley came forward and gave us four or five areas that needed work," Barnes said. "Some areas that needed work included hallways that still had circa 1970s and 80s dark wood paneling.Other areas, including a replica battleship inside a classroom were painted with what else — battleship gray-colored paint. This is one of the ways that we can give back to the community and put people to work to do something good for the community."

    Lejwa said his staff takes on several community projects a year as a means of "giving back to the community."

    "We've been here for four years now," Lejwa said. "Every year, we have another project called "Brand It Blue.' We collected 450 pounds of food to give to area food pantries."

    - DeSoto Times-Tribune

  • Christmas Parade with the Clydesdales


    Diego Lejwa, franchise owner of Express Employment Professionals of DeSoto County has literally taken the reins of a growing company and steered it in the right direction.

    On a recent Wednesday afternoon, Lejwa and his staff along with the Southaven Chamber of Commerce recognized the company's first-year anniversary in Southaven in grand style. Champion Clydesdale horses, the familiar breed similar in stature to the world-famous Budweiser Clydesdales, were on hand at the employment company's Getwell Road location, to mark Express Employment Professionals' milestone. These particular Clydesdales are owned by one of the company's co-founders who loves horses and Clydesdales in particular.

    As Lejwa explained, Express took the initiative to raise money for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in conjunction with the first-year anniversary event. Individuals could have their photos snapped with the Clydesdales and make a donation on behalf of St. Jude, according to Lejwa.

    "This is something we wanted to do to give back to the community," Lejwa said, adding that he wanted Southaven and the community to share in the company's success this past year.

    "It's been an exciting year for us," added Lejwa. "We finished the year in the Top 70 of all 780 offices. This year, we are at 50 already."

    For the past four years, the parent company of Express Employment Professionals has recognized his efforts by putting the firm in its “Circle of Excellence." In fact, the company has received bronze, silver, gold, platinum and diamond levels. Lejwa opened his office in Olive Branch in 2012 and exactly a year ago moved to its current location of 5760 Getwell Road, Building 6.

    "It's an exciting area to be in — it's my hometown now," added Lejwa. "It's a great economy, great people. Our idea is to put good people to work in great companies."

    Southaven Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Carmen Kyle praised company officials for becoming involved and integrated within the greater Southaven and Olive Branch communities.

    "Express Employment Professionals is a great partner in the Southaven community," Kyle said. "Fulfilling the workforce demand for the area is key to economic prosperity."

    - DeSoto Times-Tribune

  • St. Jude Drive

    Give the gift of employment by joining the "Express Employment St. Jude Drive" where we strive to place job seekers in our community from March 6 - May 19, 2017.

    Express will donate $10.00 to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital on your behalf for each person put to work during these dates. Being out of work can be particularly tough, and we would like to make sure that as many people as possible earn a paycheck to provide for their families. Join us in our efforts to help put 1,000 people to work in our community, bringing hope and encouragement to all families.

    Here's How You Can Help

    1. HIRE: Hire an Express employee during the weeks listed above. Not only will you gain a qualified worker to help meet your needs, but that worker will earn a paycheck and provide for his/her family.

    2. REFER: Provide the Express employee a work reference letter he or she can use in their efforts to gain future employment opportunities.

    3. SHARE: Share our campaign with other area businesses to assist us with our vision of employing and providing a paycheck for 1,000 unemployed people in our community.

    Positions to Consider:

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    Data Entry Clerk

    Accounting Clerk


    Administrative Assistance


    CDL driers

    Forklift drivers

    Make a Difference

    To learn more about Express Employment for St. Jude Hiring Drive and how you can participate, contact your local Express office.