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News Release

Kum & Go partners with Habitat for Humanity for Fourth Year to Sponsor and Build Homes

Kum & Go district raising the most donations will build a home in their community

April 3, 2017

Des Moines, Iowa, and Atlanta – For the fourth consecutive year, Kum & Go convenience stores and Habitat for Humanity are partnering to build strength, stability and self-reliance through shelter.  Throughout April, Kum & Go has pledged its support of Habitat’s Home is the Key (#HomeIsTheKey) national campaign with a corporate donation and in-store fundraising.  Through their donations, Kum & Go customers will help select a community in which Kum & Go will sponsor the construction of a new Habitat home.

In addition, Kum & Go will distribute several grants to local Habitat for Humanity organizations. Grants will be based on which Kum & Go service areas raise the most money through customer traffic.

Between April 1 and 30, customers can join the effort in a few ways:

  • Adding a $1 or more Habitat donation to in-store purchases.
  • Donating spare change to countertop donation box “houses”
  • Purchasing Kum & Go water, where 10 cents per bottle will be donated to Habitat for Humanity.

Since 2014, Kum & Go along with their customers, have donated more than $1.5 million to support Habitat’s vision of a world where everyone has a decent place to live. More than 200 Kum & Go associates have volunteered to build alongside future homeowners in locations where Kum & Go operates. Three Kum & Go-sponsored Habitat homes have been built in Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Minot, North Dakota; and Story City, Iowa, as a result of the donations.

“Kum & Go and Habitat both share a commitment to building great communities,” says Kyle J. Krause, president & CEO of Kum & Go. “Along with the generous contributions of our loyal customers and through the support of our store associates, Kum & Go is proud to once again support Habitat and the need for affordable housing.”

“We are so pleased to partner with Kum & Go and their customers again in 2017,” said Colleen Finn Ridenhour, senior vice president, Development, Habitat for Humanity International. “This partnership has grown and expanded every year, reaching more families who are working to build a better life for themselves and their families. We are very grateful for Kum & Go’s support.”

The Kum & Go support for Habitat’s Home is the Key initiative, which includes a corporate cash donation and customer fundraising component is currently Habitat’s only partnership with a convenience retailer.  Habitat for Humanity works in nearly 1,400 communities in the United States, and in more than 70 countries, where future homeowners help build their homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage.

Customers can donate in-stores throughout the month of April. To donate to Habitat online, visit habitat.org. To find the nearest Kum & Go location, visit www.kumandgo.com/find-a-store.

About Kum & Go, L.C.

For nearly 60 years, Kum & Go has been dedicated to the communities it serves, sharing 10 percent of its profits with charitable causes. For four generations the family-owned convenience store chain has focused on providing exceptional service and delivering more than customers expect. Established in Hampton, Iowa, in 1959, the chain has since grown to employ more than 5,000 associates in more than 400 stores in 11 states (Iowa, Arkansas, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Wyoming).

About Habitat for Humanity

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization has since grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in nearly 1,400 communities throughout the U.S. and in more than 70 countries. Families and individuals in need of a hand up partner with Habitat for Humanity to build or improve a place they can call home. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage. Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit habitat.org.