Friday, December 11, 2015

Signatures equal money for schools

Thanks to Shopko, signatures can mean big bucks for Crittenden County students.

This holiday season, as shoppers seek the ideal gift for their loved ones, Shopko Foundation is giving back to the Hometown communities it serves.  For every signature Shopko Hometown in Marion receives through Christmas Eve, the foundation will make a $1 donation to Crittenden County School District – up to $2,000.

The drive is part of Shopko Foundation’s Help Us Give Back initiative, a program that is being run in all 219 store locations across the country.  Customers can sign-up once a day, every-day and show their support;. No donation or purchase is required.

“At Shopko Hometown, we believe kids count,” said Justin Coleman, Shopko Hometown store manager.  “The Help Us Give Back campaign is an easy and free way for local residents to raise money to support programs that are important to a child’s educational experience.  Given our community’s strong commitment to its children, I fully expect we will quickly reach 2,000 signatures in our store well before the Dec. 24 deadline.”

Shopko Foundation has a narrow focus of giving on areas that support the health of Shopko customers, teammates and communities.  Recognizing that education is fundamental to an individual’s health and functionality in society, the Foundation has developed the Help Us Give Back program to provide support to schools across the country, while raising awareness to the budgetary challenges many districts face.

To achieve its vision, the Shopko Foundation supports community projects, with funds raised going to established non-profit organizations with a proven record of success in maintaining solid, vital programs or innovative new organizations and programs supported by established non-profits or successful leadership. During last year’s program, Shopko Foundation donated more than $310,000 to school districts across America. This year, if all 219 stores reach the 2,000 signature goal, the foundation will have donated more than $430,000.