Customer donations help select Sioux Falls, South Dakota, for site of second company-sponsored Habitat home
WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – June 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Kum & Go and its customers will be donating more than $480,000 to Habitat for Humanity International as part of a nationwide fundraising effort. In March, Kum & Go and Habitat announced an expanded partnership that resulted in customer contributions exceeding $275,000, as well as a corporate donation of $206,000.
For the second year in a row, Kum & Go invited customers to add a $1 donation to their in-store purchases to support Habitat’s mission of “building homes, communities and hope.” In addition, Kum & Go committed to sponsoring a Habitat for Humanity home in one of the communities where its 430 stores operate in 11 states. The affordable and eco-friendly home will be built in the region that has collected the most money in donations as a percentage of customer traffic through its stores. This year, stores in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, collected the most donations per transaction to secure the funding to build a Habitat home in partnership with a low-income family in their community. Kum & Go will also award three additional districts with a grant of $10,000 and two $3,000 grants for their local Habitat affiliates.
“This is such an impactful program that pulls together our company, our associates and our customers to all get involved and support their community. The Habitat mission connects so well with our company’s philanthropic philosophy and focus,” says Kum & Go president and CEO Kyle J. Krause. “Our customers are just as dedicated to serving their communities and have once again generously showed their commitment through in-store support.”
Associates eager to earn the Habitat home in their regions enthusiastically promoted the in-store fundraiser. Co-branded coffee mugs were available with $1 from each purchase donated to Habitat. A percentage of Kum & Go brand water went to the cause as did all customer donations from counter collection jars.
“The success of this partnership with Kum & Go continues to thrive,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, deputy director of Corporate, Foundation and Institutional Relations, Habitat for Humanity International. “Kum & Go and their customers are helping create affordable housing alongside low-income families in their communities, and the impact they are making nationwide is wonderful.”
In 2014, Kum & Go, with its customers, raised more than $450,000 for Habitat for Humanity’s affordable housing work and sponsored a Habitat home in Minot, North Dakota. Construction on the home was completed earlier this year.
About Kum & Go, L.C.
For more than 55 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its annual profits with charitable causes. The fifth-largest, privately held and company-operated convenience store chain in the U.S, Kum & Go is an industry pioneer founded on providing exceptional service and delivering more than what customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa in 1959, family-owned Kum & Go has since grown to employ more than 4,700 associates across more than 430 stores and 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).
About Habitat for Humanity International
Habitat for Humanity International’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. Anchored by the conviction that housing provides a path out of poverty, since 1976 Habitat has helped more than 5 million people through home construction, rehabilitation and repairs and by increasing access to improved shelter through products and services. Habitat also advocates to improve access to decent and affordable shelter and offers a variety of housing support services that enable families with limited means to make needed improvements on their homes as their time and resources allow. As a nonprofit Christian housing organization, Habitat works in more than 70 countries and welcomes people of all races, religions and nationalities to partner in its mission. To learn more, donate or volunteer, visit habitat.org.