Spotlight on Kum & Go

PCHTF selected to receive $5,000 for supportive services

Spotlight on Kum & Go

Our “Spotlight” this month shines on Kum & Go for supporting housing services for low income families.  In October the Polk County Housing Trust Fund was selected to receive a $5,000 grant.  The grant helps fund programs designed to provide low-income families the necessary tools to achieve lasting self-sufficiency – such as stable employment and affordable housing.

In addition to serving Polk County families, the Trust Fund’s annual campaign also focuses on assisting area companies by working to ensure a variety of housing options are available for their workforce.  Research and projections make it clear that difficulties in attracting and retaining skilled workers in central Iowa will only be made worse by the current, and growing, shortage of affordable housing. 

“Kum & Go joins a growing number of companies who recognize that affordable housing is foundational to all we value as a community.  It impacts health, education and our economic vitality as a region,” says Eric Burmeister, executive director.  “To attract and retain a diverse workforce, we must work together to address their housing needs.  We are thankful to companies such as Kum & Go who understand that investing in affordable housing is both a smart, and caring business decision.” 

While central Iowa is known as a relatively affordable place to live, the average cost of homes and apartments is beyond the budget of many folks who are the backbone of a thriving community.  “Kum & Go knows the importance of making communities great places to live and this is why we support programs that promote quality of life and economic development,” says Carrie Clogg, Director of Philanthropy at Kum & Go.  “As our area grows, the connection between a family’s well-being and adequate housing and its long term effects on the economic vitality of our community become more apparent.  The work of the Polk County Housing Trust Fund addresses these issues, by helping families and individuals overcome housing barriers which ultimately makes it easier for employers to attract and retain a diverse workforce.”  Here’s to you Kum & Go….. our toast to your commitment.