If you purchase groceries at Kroger, you can contribute to Heart of Ohio PEts (HOPE) by enrolling in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and linking your Kroger Plus card to HOPE (Heart of Ohio Pet Exchange Inc.).
“When you enroll in the Kroger Community Rewards Program, Kroger contributes an amount of money to HOPE based upon your quarterly purchases, and there is no extra cost to you,” said HOPE secretary Joan Ballitch. “To illustrate how important it is for HOPE to have as many enrollees as possible, another humane organization I belong to had 43 households participating in the Kroger Community Rewards program and earned $694.46 during one quarter this year.”
Ballitch said that, during the same quarter, HOPE had only 19 households participating in the Kroger Community Rewards Program and earned only $236.84.
“HOPE performs a vitally important community service and can continue to do so only if it has the necessary funds,” Ballitch said. “HOPE needs your support to continue its important work. Ask your friends and co-workers to participate also. All money received benefits animals directly, and every penny helps.”
Ballitch said the 2015-16 Community Rewards cycle began May 1, 2015, and will end April 30, 2016. Enrollment must be done online at krogercommunityrewards.com. To continue to contribute to HOPE, you must enroll or re-enroll every year.
If you enrolled in the Community Rewards Program in the past, sign in with your email address and password. A new password will be provided if you have forgotten yours; if you need further help, call 1-800-KROGERS, press 5 for customer service.
If you are a new enrollee, click “Create An Account” and follow the prompts. The HOPE Non Profit Organization (NPO) number is 80479.
Ballitch said if you have successfully linked your Kroger Plus card to HOPE, the message “You requested Kroger to donate to HOPE (HEART OF OHIO PET EXCHANGE, INC.)” would appear at the bottom of your Kroger receipt. You must enroll or re-enroll if this message does not appear.
“Kroger Community Rewards represents a significant source of income to HOPE,” Ballitch added. “HOPE earned $883.22 from the program last year. This income is vitally needed to continue HOPE’s community support programs.”
Reporter Lenny C. Lepola can be reached at 614-266-6093