Securities America Employees Help Project Harmony Initiative
"We are glad to have had the opportunity to work on something together as a company that will benefit the local community," said Jim Nagengast, CEO and president of Securities America. "At Securities America, community is one of our core values, and we strive to give back whenever we can."
Throughout the day, employees took time away from their work to complete 50 tied blankets to donate to Project Harmony. The materials to make the blankets were paid for by Securities America. Each child is given a blanket and a toy as comfort gifts when they leave the center. Last year Project Harmony helped approximately 2,300 children. Because of the number of children the center helps, the demand for blankets is always great.
"Securities America has been a big supporter of Project Harmony for a long time," said Amy Chisholm, Project Harmony's development director. "They have participated in backpack drives by collecting necessary in-kind items, financially by sponsoring our golf tournaments and now they have helped us by creating these beautiful blankets and holding another donation drive."
Securities America's employees collected more than $1,000 in monetary donations and hundreds of wishlist donation items for the center. Many times children and infants come to Project Harmony from their homes with nothing but the shirt on their back. The center provides them with some simple essentials like a toothbrush and toothpaste, socks and undergarments, shampoo and soap, and a bag to carry them all in.
"We're the first place a child goes to after being removed from an abusive situation," Chisholm said. "We provide them a safe and comforting environment along with the supplies they need. The community needs to know there is someone who will stand up for children. Children can't do it alone, so they need adults to do it for them."
Project Harmony assembles a multidisciplinary team composed of law enforcement, investigative, social service, medical and referral professionals dedicated to protecting children and prosecuting offenders. The purpose of the center is to enhance the communication among professionals by co housing in one facility: Project Harmony, the Omaha Police Department-Child Victim/ Sexual Assault Unit, Nebraska Health and Human Services-Child Protection Services and Lutheran Family Services R-Safe Program. Learn more at www.projectharmony.com.
About Securities America
Headquartered in La Vista, Neb., Securities America Inc. is the nation's eighth largest independent broker-dealer (as ranked by Financial Planning magazine, June 2012, based on 2011 total revenue). For more than 25 years, Securities America's mission has been to foster the success of financial professionals so they can provide quality, objective counsel and services to their clients. Advisors benefit from the firm's industry-leading programs in practice management, advisory services and retirement income distribution, supported by state-of-the-art technology. Founded in 1993, Securities America Advisors Inc. is an SEC-Registered Investment Advisory firm that offers investment management, financial advice and financial planning through a national network of independent financial advisors. Securities America Financial Corp. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ladenburg Thalmann Financial Services Inc. (NYSE MKT: LTS). Securities America received the inaugural Thought Leadership Award from the Retirement Income Industry Association in March 2011. Additional information is available at www.securitiesamerica.com.