News Release

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

Stores raising the most money through customer donations will secure grants for their local Habitat affiliates

April 2, 2018

West Des Moines, Iowa – For the fifth 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 a two-week in-store fundraising effort. Through their donations, Kum & Go customers will help raise funds for Habit for Humanity International. To celebrate the fifth year of the partnership, Kum & Go is sponsoring a month-long homebuild in Des Moines.

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.

Throughout the month of April, customers can join the effort in a few ways:

  • Adding a $1 or more Habitat donation to in-store purchases (April 2-16).Habitat photo
  • 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 $2 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. Four Kum & Go-sponsored Habitat homes have been built in Minot, North Dakota; Omaha, Nebraska; Sioux Falls, South 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.”

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.

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
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 more than 1,300 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.