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     Habitat for Humanity has been named “Brand of the Year” in the social services nonprofit category based on the 2016 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Equity Score. This is the second consecutive year the global nonprofit has been recognized for its strength in brand equity.

     In addition, Habitat for Humanity earned the distinction of being named the “Most Loved” and “Most Trusted” brand within its category this year.

     “The reason we are able to humbly receive this recognition is because of the dedicated homeowners, volunteers, and donors who actively share the mission of Habitat Kent,” said Habitat for Humanity of Kent County Executive Director Bri McKee.

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     The SpartanNash Foundation is pleased to announce that it has raised $20,200 for Habitat for Humanity of Kent County in partnership with SpartanNash store guests.  Participating stores and fuel centers in Kent County included Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets, and Forest Hills Foods and fuel centers.  The campaign ran March 4-13, 2016.

     SpartanNash (formerly Spartan Stores) has partnered with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in Michigan since 2006 and surpassed the $1 million donation mark in 2015. The company has also supported eight home builds with Habitat for Humanity of Kent County (the most recent of which was a home build for a veteran in 2015) and sponsored the 100th LEED-certified home by Habitat Kent (MI) in 2012.  

     In 2016, SpartanNash expanded its partnership with Habitat for Humanity affiliates in seven additional states (Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin) where the company operates retail stores.  Together with the SpartanNash Foundation, $114,500 was raised and 100% of funds raised will be donated to the Habitat for Humanity affiliate serving the community where the dollars were raised. 

Read more about SpartanNash's regional scan program for Habitat for Humanity. 

Join SpartanNash in helping provide strength and stability for families in Kent County.

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   Below is a guest blog post written by Tom Rademacher b2ap3_thumbnail_Tom-Rademacher.jpg

       It began with a gentle reference to Chinua Achebe, one of Africa’s most celebrated storytellers.

     It concluded with a profound quote from American writer Anne Lamott.

     Not your typical luncheon.

     But just the kind you might expect from Habitat for Humanity Kent County -- an organization that puts people first.

     Upward of 100 men and women gathered recently to engage a trio of speakers – Kenyatta Brame, executive vice president at Cascade Engineering; the Rev. Doriane Parker-Sims, pastor at Kingdom Life Ministries; and Robert Torres, executive director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan.

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     On March 9th Habitat Kent hosted a lunch dialogue on embracing justice in your organizational strategy. The goal was to create an inclusive space for community members and friends of Habitat to discuss how justice can be incorporated into the work that we do, no matter if it’s in ministry, nonprofits, or the corporate world. The dialogue was helmed by three panelists: Kenyatta Brame Executive Vice President of Cascade Engineering, Roberto Torres, Executive Director of the Hispanic Center of West Michigan, and Reverend Doriane Parker-Sims of Kingdom Life Ministries.

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     On March 4, 2016, the SpartanNash Foundation is launching a companywide fundraising campaign in partnership with Habitat for Humanity local affiliates where corporate-owned retail stores are located. The scan will run through March 13, 2016.

     At all Kent County Family Fare Supermarkets, D&W Fresh Markets, Forest Hills Foods and Fuel Centers, customers will have the opportunity via any checkout lane to donate $1, $5 or $10 to Habitat for Humanity Kent County. When customers make a donation, they will receive four coupons toward Spartan® brand products. Stores will hold additional fundraising activities during the 10-day fundraiser. The SpartanNash Foundation will donate 100% of funds raised to the Habitat for Humanity affiliate serving the community where the dollars were raised. SpartanNash corporation underwrites the cost of the campaign through its more than 160 stores and provides volunteer opportunities for associates to assist with home builds.

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