We are thrilled and grateful for the overwhelming support our customers have shown for Kum & Go’s Let’s Build a Home Together project in collaboration with Habitat for Humanity.
Thanks to your immense generosity and the support from Kum & Go and our store associates, this project will provide more than $450,000 to support Habitat for Humanity’s mission to build homes, communities and hope.
Kum & Go became a proud national partner of Habitat for Humanity in March. At that time, we made a $100,000 corporate donation and committed to sponsor a Habitat home in one of the communities we serve through our 420 stores in 11 states.
We pledged to sponsor a home in the region that collected the most money in donations as a percentage of customer traffic through our stores. Kum & Go associates enthusiastically embraced this challenge, developing creative ways to encourage customers to give to the cause.
Customers responded swiftly by donating $100,000 – our goal for the entire month – in just nine days! By March 31, customer contributions soared to more than $262,000. All donations will support Habitat’s important efforts in communities across the nation.
Our stores in North Dakota won the friendly competition by collecting the most donations per transaction. As a result, we will sponsor construction of a Habitat home, built in partnership with a low-income family in this state, which has a severe shortage of affordable housing due to the oil boom. We expect to invest approximately $100,000 in the new home.
Our associates throughout the district will have the opportunity to volunteer to help construct the home, which will be built in Minot, ND, in cooperation with the local Habitat chapter. Kum & Go CEO Kyle J. Krause plans to join the building crew as his schedule permits.
“We couldn’t be happier with the overall success of this first initiative with Kum & Go, and we look forward to working with them to continue drawing attention to the need for affordable and sustainable housing,” says Lysa Ratliff, Habitat’s Senior Director of Corporate Programs.
Habitat homes are purchased by low-income families through no-profit mortgages, thanks to the donated labor of Habitat volunteers and the support of partner organizations such as Kum & Go as well as individuals and foundations. Families buying Habitat homes invest sweat equity hours toward building their homes and homes for others.