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|Kohl's Department Stores Announces Nationwide Volunteer Event, Will Give $2 Million to Local Nonprofits in Celebration of National Volunteer Week and Earth Day|
MENOMONEE FALLS, Wis., Apr 06, 2010 (BUSINESS WIRE) --Kohl's Department Stores (NYSE: KSS) is sending tens of thousands of its associates to volunteer in communities nationwide during the company's first ever Kohl's National Volunteers Go Green Event (NVGG) in celebration of two April events - National Volunteer Week and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Through Kohl's associate volunteer program, A-Team, Kohl's volunteers will support youth-serving nonprofit organizations by participating in an environmentally-based activity, and Kohl's will match those efforts with corporate grants. Through this initiative, Kohl's will donate $2 million in grants to nonprofits nationwide.
"Kohl's associates are giving back and going green, continuing the company's steadfast commitment to environmental leadership and volunteerism nationwide," said Julie Gardner, Kohl's executive vice president and chief marketing officer. "Serving our communities is part of who we are at Kohl's, and as National Volunteer Week and the 40th anniversary of Earth Day approach, our associates will be out in force across the country making a meaningful difference for kids, furthering environmental progress and having a powerful financial impact on local organizations."
In April, groups of Kohl's associates will be volunteering coast to coast for events including:
Year-round, Kohl's A-Team volunteers support a range of youth-focused nonprofit organizations. Kohl's then matches volunteer efforts with $500 grants to the organization. During the NVGG initiative, Kohl's has increased the matching grant amounts, and these efforts will result in $2 million in grants for community organizations nationwide.
Committed to Giving Back
Kohl's strives to be an active member of each community it serves. Part of Kohl's community partnership is the Kohl's A-Team volunteer program. Since 2001, Kohl's associates nationwide have participated in volunteer activities that support children. When associates form teams of five or more to support a local children's charity, Kohl's supports the team's participation with a corporate grant given directly to the charity. Since 2001:
The A-Team volunteer program is part of Kohl's overall philanthropic platform, Kohl's Cares for Kids(R), which is committed to supporting children's health and education initiatives nationwide. Since 2000, Kohl's has raised more than $126 million through its Kohl's Cares for Kids program.
Committed to the Environment
In addition to supporting green volunteer activities, Kohl's is committed to environmental responsibility and focuses its efforts on maximizing energy efficiency, green building design, minimizing waste, reducing emissions and encouraging environmental values. Last year, Kohl's was ranked as the number one Green Retailer on Newsweek's 2009 Green Rankings.
Kohl's key environmental initiatives and accomplishments include:
For more information about Kohl's charitable, philanthropic and sustainability efforts or how to involve Kohl's associates in an upcoming volunteer opportunity, please visit our Community Relations page at www.kohlscorporation.com.
Kohl's Department Stores
Based in Menomonee Falls, Wis., Kohl's (NYSE: KSS) is a family-focused, value-oriented specialty department store offering moderately priced, exclusive and national brand apparel, shoes, accessories, beauty and home products in an exciting shopping environment. Kohl's operates 1,067 stores in 49 states. A company committed to the communities it serves, Kohl's has raised more than $126 million for children's initiatives nationwide through its Kohl's Cares for Kids(R) philanthropic program, which operates under Kohl's Cares, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kohl's Department Stores, Inc. For a list of store locations and information, or for the added convenience of shopping online, visit www.kohls.com.
SOURCE: Kohl's Department Stores
Kohl's Department Stores