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March Gladness Nonprofit Bracket Challenge

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At ImOn Communications, we believe in supporting and investing in the communities we serve. We pride ourselves in actively giving back and supporting our local schools, cultural organizations, service groups, nonprofits, and athletics. So it would only make sense that we do something BIG for our community in honor of our 10th Anniversary on March 9, 2017.

Since our 10th Anniversary falls in line with the NCAA March Madness Basketball Tournament, we have decided to hold a “March Gladness Nonprofit Bracket Challenge” on Facebook.  For this challenge, 8 local nonprofits will compete for community votes for a chance to win a $500 donation from ImOn Communications. The nonprofits participating are: Four Oaks, Eastern Iowa Honor Flight, Matthew 25, Willis Dady Shelter, Last Hope Animal Rescue, Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa, Bridgehaven, and Young Parents Network  Below you will find more information about each nonprofit and a link to their website. 

We invite you to like our ImOn Facebook page, and visit each day, March 14-24, to vote for your favorite nonprofit and help them win $500. 

The ImOn March Gladness Nonprofit Bracket Challenge will follow along the line of the NCAA March Madness Bracket Challenge. ImOn will randomly pair up 8 nonprofits and will begin the contest on March 14th.  Each day, two different nonprofits will compete for community votes on the ImOn Facebook page. The nonprofit that gets the most votes will move on to the next round, where the community will vote again. We will continue this process until a final winner is determined on March 24th. The winner will receive a $500 donation from ImOn. 
 

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March Gladness Participating Nonprofits:


Four Oaks: Four Oaks believes that every child deserves the opportunity to succeed. They are committed to comprehensively helping children and families through all of their struggles. They assure success through the use of innovative care that brings the child, family, and community together in a wide-ranging way to build a stronger tomorrow. 

Eastern Iowa Honor Flight: The Eastern Iowa Honor Flight is a non-profit organization dedicated to sending local veterans to Washington D.C. to visit various historical sites and war memorials. Since 2009, they have transported more than 1,500 Iowa veterans from Cedar Rapids to Washington D.C.

Junior Achievement of Eastern Iowa: Junior Achievement provides programs that foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills for students in kindergarten through 12th grade. With the help of volunteers, JA students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st century global marketplace. 

Last Hope Animal Rescue: Last Hope Animal Rescue is an all-volunteer animal rescue group comprised of foster homes and an Adoption Center located in Cedar Rapids. Most of the animals in the rescue come from local kill shelters, as their time has run out due to any number of reasons. Their mission is to save as many homeless, abused, abandoned, hard to place, and neglected animals as they can. 

Matthew 25: Matthew 25 empowers people to transform neighborhoods. They work to strengthen and elevate the neighborhoods on the west side of Cedar Rapids. They envisions a thriving, connected community where people are valued and talents are multiplied. 

Willis Dady Shelter: Willis Dady Emergency Shelter provides services to both prevent homelessness for those at risk and rehouse those who currently find themselves homeless. Willis Dady serves single men and families by providing shelter, case management, resource referrals, and basic necessities such a food, clothing, linens, and toiletries. 

Bridgehaven: Bridgehaven's mission is to empower choices for life through Christ-centered education and support. They provide services that empower women, men and families to make healthy choices regarding relationships, pregnancy, and parenting.

Young Parents NetworkYoung Parents Network is often the first point of contact for families in need of support and information. Services are available for parents of children aged 0-5 and for Moms and Dads aged 13-27. These services focus on having a healthy pregnancy, raising a healthy baby, and focus on early childhood growth and development. Children and youth are nurtured and given the opportunity to succeed to their full potential.