On Your Corner. In Your Corner
Expressing our commitment to community in purposeful, practical and powerful ways. At Circle K, having the opportunity to help build stronger local communities, to minimize our environmental footprint, to create a great workplace, to promote diversity and to be responsive to customer and employee needs isn't just a responsibility. It's a privilege.
Circle K AZ will be the title sponsor of this year’s 2015 Honor Walk.
"What it is we live for...is the good opinion of our neighbors."
Circle K is committed to powerful partnership with select organizations dedicated to "widening the circle"
of self-reliance and workforce development. "Making Lives Better" with contributions of time and treasure in
support of underserved communities strengthens us all. Communities that include:
Working. Living. Giving.
Circle K strives to be a good corporate citizen by improving the quality of life here in Arizona. At the level of Community, store employee efforts on behalf of United Cerebral Palsy directly and powerfully impact the lives of some 3,000 local families on a daily basis. At the grassroots level, Circle K Cares is a management volunteer effort dedicating manpower and resources to the neighborhoods we serve.
Click through the years below to see The Circle K Cares team proudly participating in many charities and community activities.
The many hands of Circle K volunteers working alongside local residents picking up trash and removing
graffiti made for light work, a safe and stronger neighborhood...and a heck of an after-party!
One way to beat poverty is to beat feet as when Circle K volunteers laced ‘em up
and came out in force to participate in a 5K Walk/Run to raise funds and
awareness on behalf of the local chapter of St. Vincent DePaul’s special works
projects to combat poverty.
One- thousand homes have been constructed by this non-profit’s Central Arizona
Division and Circle K has lent its helping hand to a good many. Donating over a
two-year period some 400 hours of labor towards construction of homes,
elimination of substandard housing and American Dreams realized.
Circle K is proud to serve those who serve as presenting sponsor of The Honor
Walk and Remember the Fallen exhibit intended to honor the more than 670,000
Arizonans who have dutifully served in our nation’s military. In remembrance of
those who have bravely fallen and in support of those blessed to return.
Each year, Circle K employees and their families “WALK like madd” to help raise
awareness and combat the scourge of drunk driving that victimizes thousands of
Arizona lives annually. With proceeds from the event going to support community
education, victim support services and public policy reform.
On a regular basis, Circle K employees roll in with food drive contributions
then roll up their sleeves to sort, box and bag on behalf of the Food Bank’s
emergency food box program. Feeding families in need & nourishing our team
spirit in equal measure.
One way Circle K takes a bite out of crime is by hosting an annual fundraising
dinner that helps maintain an anonymous tip line in partnership with Crime
Stoppers USA that rewards callers who phone in information on crimes taking
place in the community that leads to arrest and successful prosecution.
“Say it, don’t spray it “ was the rallying cry of Circle K employee volunteers who
gathered to paint the town in conjunction with police efforts aimed at eliminating
graffiti and leaving their mark on neighborhood safety and beautification.
Circle K went “all in” to sponsor the Poker Run event with proceeds going to
support Tucson fire department neighborhood outreach programs.
As sponsors of the “KABOOM” Coffee with Cops event, Circle K earned high
marks by helping serve up piping hot information on school activities and
expectations to help parents stay engaged with their children’s education.
UMOM helps keeps homeless families together and hope alive by providing
everything from a roof over their heads to shoes on their feet. And the Circle K
family does what it can to make UMOM proud. From volunteer participation in
fundraising events to help with maintaining the grounds and housing units.
Before students could hit the books, Circle K volunteers were called upon to hit
the book shelves and help organize the new library. Be it stacking books,
donating stacks of new clothes or gassing up the school buses, Circle K is doing
what it can to help the homeless and at-risk kids of this school answer the bell.
When called upon to make strides against breast cancer, Circle K employees
stepped up and made a significant contribution to helping keep this event out of
the red…and in the pink.
When the Lustgarten Foundation reached out for event participation to help fund
research towards early detection and more effective treatment of this deadly
disease, a Circle K employee team put its best food forward.
Upon learning that this organization dedicated to educating and supporting those
affected by mental illness was near and dear to an employee’s heart, a Circle K
team of volunteers received its marching orders and fell in behind her.
An organization dedicated to the belief that repairs to a home can restore faith,
hope and a sense of security to seniors and the disabled can count on Circle K
employees to stir paint, mix cement, haul buckets and pour our hearts into it.
Count Circle K among the first responders to support Tucson area fire fighters
and law enforcement who unite in effort and spirit for this annual tribute to their
brave brethren who answered the call on that fateful day in history.
Circle K reprises its graffiti abatement efforts by having employee volunteers turn
out in force armed with whitewash and paint rollers to help beauty and protect
Ward One of the Old Pueblo under law enforcement supervision.
Through the combined efforts of Circle K and our generous vendor family,
proceeds from in-store sales help raise $100,000 for the Yarnell Call to Action
Fund presented to the 100 Club of Arizona to assist with disaster relief and
benefit families of the 19 fallen Granite Mountain Hotshots.
In a show of support for Tucson’s finest, Circle K invited everyone and their best
friends on a Canine Walk for Cops with proceeds going towards development
and implementation of Tucson area public safety and crime prevention programs.
Last year’s record five million dollar contribution raised mostly through in-store
canister collections and events such as the Aces High and the Desert Klassic
Golf Tournament marked the culmination of Circle K’s nearly 30-year support
for UCP of Central Arizona’s mission of “ Life Without Limits.”
When a neighborhood association asked Circle K to liven things up a bit , Circle
K took up the drumbeat. And the Palo Verde Neighborhood Fourth of July
Parade was born.
The Circle K Cares Grants Program seeks opportunities to engage and invest in communities where we work,
live and serve in partnership with 501(c)3 non-profit neighborhood groups aligned with our corporate mission
of “Making Lives Better.”
Cash, in-kind and volunteer time donations will be made available to select, registered and designated
partner associations as an expression of our companywide commitment to making a difference in the community.
ROI objectives for this Circle K Cares funding initiative include leadership
development, nurturing a “Culture of Caring” within the company while helping
raise the public profile of Circle K as an engaged, concerned corporate citizen
aligned with local issues consistent with our core business and values.
Circle K will consider requests for support of registered 501(c)3 non-profit
neighborhood associations that meet one or more of the following requirements:
Thank you for your consideration of this partnership proposal and for all the good
work that you do. Donation requests must be made in writing to:
Circle K Stores, Inc.,
c/o Communications Department, Attention: Donations
PO Box 52085
Phoenix, AZ 85072
Region covers: AZ, NV
Circle K shows up with (jingle) bells on in support of a worthy clause. What else do you need?
The Guinness Book of World Records attests to it being the largest gathering of Santa’s in the world. Last December, the Las Vegas Great Santa Run attracted some 12,000 participants and raised a sack full of money---$400,000---for the non-profit organization Opportunity Village on behalf of individuals with disabilities.
"These families are our customers and in many instances our friends and neighbors,” states Terry Brown, Advertising Manager for Circle K, title sponsor of the event. She adds, “To live our charitable purpose through such the awesome display of holiday spirit is an honor and privilege.”
Circle K Cares committee supplied 20 volunteers to sort and pack t-shirts, dog tags and provide registration on the day of the event.
Our goal at Circle K is to act as responsible environmental stewards within the community. That means we must integrate environmental responsibility and thoughtfulness into our business practices, operations and culture. Thank you for collaborating with us in these earth-friendly efforts. Customer suggestions contributed to our recent conversion to 100% biodegradable napkins and plastic bags. Talk to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of our focus on sustainability, Circle K donates a percentage of proceeds from sales of our 100% natural hardwood briquettes to the worldwide tree-planting initiative, Trees for the Future, helping communities plant trees and integrate them into land-use systems that improve our collective quality of life.
Being a responsible retailer of age-restricted products is a deeply engrained philosophy at Circle K. In fact, Circle K has led the industry in responsible retailing as the first convenience store retailer to put all tobacco products behind the counter, out of the reach of underage buyers. Circle K was also the first retailer to adopt the use of electronic age verifiers in all stores, reducing the chance of human error in calculating the purchaser's age Employees receive extensive training on the sale of age-restricted products, including from the national We Card Coalition for Responsible Retailing, and every store receives materials and signage to assist in deterring underage buyers. Circle K's policy is to ask for proper identification from anyone who looks 30 or younger.
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Working with law enforcement to create a safer shopping environment for our customers and a safer work environment for our employees, Circle K has launched a "Crime Busters" social media program that enlists the community to help solve crime and ID suspects by posting surveillance pictures to Facebook from crimes committed in our stores. Tipsters are always anonymous and are eligible to receive a cash reward if the information leads to an arrest or grand jury indictment of a felony offender. Please note: All suspects are innocent until proven guilty. For details, visit www.facebook.com/CircleKAZCrimeBusters
As a responsible retailer, Circle K has worked with community organizations to educate our customers on prevention of underage drinking.
Charitable organizations that require a digital copy of Circle K’s community advertisement for placement in their event programs or brochures (tied to a sponsorship) can download the file (pdf) by clicking the image above.