At ImOn Communications, we take pride in being a part of the Cedar Rapids and Marion communities. ImOn believes in giving back to the communities we service through donations of time, resources and sponsorships to local organizations and events.
The ImOn Commitment to Community
ImOn Communications Helps Clean Up CR for Earth Day 2014
ImOn Communications and its employees marked Earth Day 2014 by taking part in the Clean Up CR, 1Bag Challenge. Seven ImOn employees went to Van Vechten Part to pick up litter and help clean up the Cedar Rapids Community. Clean Up CR and the 1Bag Challenge provided a great opportunity to do some team building while helping our local community and the environment.
Find out more about the 1Bag Challenge at www.cedar-rapids.org.
Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl 4 Kids' Sake 2014
ImOn Communications is again a proud sponsor and participant of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake, February 5 - February 28! 41 ImOn employees raised $3020 and bowled to help this great LOCAL organization make a difference in our community. Find out more about the organization and the event www.beabigcr.org.
ImOn Employees Participate in National Random Act of Kindness Week
During National Random Act of Kindness Week, February 10 - 16, 2014, ImOn employees were asked to carry out a random act of kindness during their normal work day. The goal of participating in Random Act of Kindness week was to create a culture of kindness and to take the time to realize a small act of kindness really does go a long way. Below is a list showing the many ways ImOn employees passed on some kindness to our customers and our community.
- Handed out $5 gas cards when filling up an ImOn work truck
- Paid for carts at Aldi’s
- Donated a candy jar and hard candies to Cancer Center
- Delivered donuts to local schools for a morning snack
- Handed out valentine suckers to walk-in customers
- Shoveled sidewalks and driveways for elderly ImOn customers
- Credited 1 month of service to a business customer who donated their service for a good cause
- Helped make lunches at Horizons for Larry Lunchbox fundraiser
- Helped deliver Horizons Larry Lunchbox Lunches to local businesses
- Horizons Meals on Wheels delivery
ImOn Communications donates $1000 Scholarship to Mount Mercy University
Students Naomi Fisher and Rachel Vaughn each took a half-court shot at a $1,000 scholarship during the men’s basketball game against St. Ambrose on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014.
During the fall 2013 semester, Mount Mercy University’s student alumni group Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (S.T.A.T.) offered students a chance at winning one of two scholarships if they participated in an athletic attendance punch card initiative, and could sink a shot from Hennessey’s half-court. Fisher and Vaughn, both nursing students, were randomly drawn as the finalists.
Thanks to the sponsorships of ImOn Communications and Kirk Sadilek with Principal Financial Group, both ladies walked off the court with $1,000 gifts toward their education –even though both shots missed the hoop. “One of the most important parts of being a local provider and consistent with our mission is giving back to the communities we serve,” said Abbie Patterson, ImOn Marketing and PR Coordinator. “It is an honor to have the opportunity to support the University and the students.”
“It meant a lot to know that a university cared about its students so much that they would give the money to them even though the rules were explicit on making the shot in order to get the scholarship. I have nothing but pride for Mount Mercy and being a Mustang,” said Ms. Fisher.
“Whether the students made the half-court shots or not, our sponsors wanted to make sure that they walked away with their scholarships,” said Josie Takes, alumni relations coordinator. “Naomi and Rachel were great sports, and S.T.A.T. is happy they will have a little extra money to help with their education costs.”
“This gift makes my dreams of studying abroad in Italy next semester and graduating with a nursing degree next spring so much more realistic,” said Ms. Vaughn. “I cannot express my gratitude enough!”
ImOn Communications employees proudly donated 4,395 food items and $1,644 to HACAP’s Eastern Iowa Freedom from Hunger donation drive. Through our donations of money and food we were able to help provide 7,195 meals for local families in need!
We’re were excited to partner with EIFFH again this year to collect donations for the HACAP food reservoir which then goes out to food pantries, emergency shelters and other partner agencies
Hunger is a real issue in our area. Area pantries face more than 10,000 requests for assistance each month. A few quick facts:
- 50% of the food insecure population in HACAP’s 7-county service area do not qualify for federal nutrition programs and often must rely on charitable food assistance programs.
- Most food pantry users hold a college degree.
- 12.5% of the population in the HACAP Food Reservoir’s service area is food insecure. That’s 54,550 individuals.
EIFFH raised 148,386 meals in 2012. This year’s goal is 200,000. What can YOU do to help?
Downtown Farmers Market 2013
June 1, July 6, August 3, & September 7
ImOn Communications is a proud sponsor of the 2013 Downtown Farmers Market. ImOn customers make sure to stop by the ImOn sponsored booth on June 1, July 6, August 3, or September 7, to sign up for a chance to win ImOn service FREE for 1 year, get fun giveaways or just say Hi. We look forward to see you there!
Farmers Market Venue Map
United Way Day of Caring 2013
Eastern Iowa Freedom From Hunger
ImOn Communications had 12 employees volunteer and helped support local community during United Way Day of Caring 2013! Four ImOn technicians donated their time along with ImOn materials to install wiring at ASAC, while eight employees volunteered to help Habitat for Humanity by painting a home on the SE side of Cedar Rapids.
United Way Day of Caring was on Thursday, May 9, 2013! There were more than 1,100 people who volunteered from 53 companies to help 45 agencies complete 118 projects!
ImOn Communications is a proud sponsor and participant of Big Brothers Big Sisters Bowl for Kids' Sake 2013, February 5 - February 28! 36 ImOn employees will be raising money and bowling to help this great local organization make a difference in our community. You can get involved too, go to www.beabigcr.org and sign up to bowl.
Tanager Adopt a Family
ImOn Communications adopted a family again this holiday season with Tanager Place and collected gifts for an entire family. Employees and staff enthusiastically shopped and wrapped presents for the family to open Christmas morning.
ImOn Communications Book Drive
Thanks to the generous donations from ImOn customers and employees, we were proudly donated close to 200 books to four local non-profit organizations . Thank you to everyone who donated books, and helped ImOn promote literacy and a love for reading in our community during this holiday season.
To find out more about the 4 organizations who received books click on the links below.
- The Arc of East Central Iowa
- Waypoint Services for Women, Children & Families
- Young Parents Network
Theatre Cedar Rapids
ImOn is extremely excited to continue as the Main Stage Sponsor of Theatre Cedar Rapids for the 2012 - 2013 season!
- Underground New Play Festival - Opens November 1, 2012
- Meet Me in St. Louis - Opens November 23, 2012
- The Summerland Project - Opens January 11, 2013
- [title of show] - Opens February 15, 2013
- Legally Blonde - Opens March 1, 2013
- R.U.R - Opens April 12, 2013
- The Wizard of Oz - Opens 26, 2013
- Our Town - Opens June 6, 2013
- Spring Awakening - Opens June 28, 2013
Freedom From Hunger
ImOn Communications proudly donated 3,292 items to HACAP’s Freedom from Hunger donation drive. Those 3,292 items of food totaled 1,787 pounds, which will create 1,489 meals for local families in need.
Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP) provides service in six counties (Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington) and their mission is to help people develop skills to become successful and build strong communities. Take some time to see how HACAP and their Food Reservoir help our local community and how you can get involved.
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Freedom Festival Flag Donation
Thanks to the generous donations from ImOn customers and employees, we were able to proudly donate two bags full of worn out American Flags to the Cedar Rapids Freedom Festival! On July 4th at 5pm, the flags will be used as part of the Freedom Festival event: Flown with Pride, Retired with Dignity. Local Boy Scouts and veterans show the history of the American Flag, and will then retire the donated flags on-site with a formal ceremony. Thank you to everyone who donated flags for this great Cedar Rapids event!
Cedar Valley Humane Society
ImOn continues to look for ways to connect with our local community. From May 7 to June 7, ImOn employees and customers collected newspapers and needed items from the Cedar Valley Humane Society wish list to donate and today delivered those items and took a tour of their facilities. We were honored to do our part and help make a difference to a great community organization!
Cedar Valley Humane Society Not affiliated with any other agency or organization, they rely solely on private donations for everything they do.
United Way Day of Caring 2012
On May 10th ImOn Communications donated time and material to two agencies in need of wiring for phone, Internet or cable TV, as part of United Way's Day of Caring 2012. Eight ImOn technicians volunteered their time and helped install wiring at Jane Boyd Community House and St. John of the Cross Catholic Worker House.
Around 12,000 volunteers from 54 companies participated and helped 44 agencies complete 85 projects. A lot of work was completed, and many local businesses helped make a difference for our community. Thanks to all who participated!
Waypoint's May Baskets for the Homeless
Thanks to the generous donations from ImOn customers and employees we were able to donate three tubs full of needed items to Waypoint Services, May Baskets for the Homeless. Thank you to everyone who helped ImOn make a difference for this great local organization. Kindness, Pass it On with ImOn.
Waypoint Services provides shelter and support for those in crisis due to homelessness, poverty, domestic violence, or sexual assault in Linn, Benton, and Jones counties.
ImOn Employees Help Escort WWII Veterans
Three ImOn employees proudly rode with the Warrior's Watch Riders, who helped escort WWII veterans from Marshalltown to Cedar Rapids as they prepared to take part in the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. There was a send off parade Monday in Marshalltown, where people lined the streets to honor the veterans at the beginning of their journey. Anyone on Highway 30 saw a mile long procession of motorcycles, Corvettes, and police cars as they were escorted to Cedar Rapids where they flew out of the Cedar Rapids Airport Tuesday morning. They will spend the day in Washington D.C. touring war memorials before returning to Cedar Rapids around 10:15.
Click here to learn more about the Honor Flight.
ImOn Donates to Cedar Valley Humane Society
ImOn's Customer Care Department proudly donated $250.00 to the Cedar Valley Humane Society. After meeting their March goals, the staff decided instead of receiving a reward, they would make a donation to a local organization. ImOn's Customer Care Department works hard every day to provide excellent customer service for our customers, this is another way they show how much they care about the community ImOn serves.
"The Customer Care group was passionate about giving to the Humane Society and their giving won't stop with this. They are working on other ways to stay involved with the organization. I couldn't be more proud of this team!" Chelsey McDill--Manager Customer Care
Founded in 1901, the Cedar Valley Humane Society helps place thousands of animals into new adoptive homes and returns hundreds of lost pets to their owners every year. Not affiliated with any other agency or organization, they rely solely on private donations for everything they do.
Have a Voice in our Community
ImOn heard your voice! Congratulations to Families Helping Families who received the most votes in our "Have a Voice in Our Community" campaign. They will receive a full page color ad in the Sunday, April 1 Gazette courtesy of ImOn. A BIG thanks to everyone who voted and to all of the organizations who make our community a better place to live!
To kick-off ImOn's anniversary celebration, we spotlighted nine great LOCAL non-profit agencies. YOU helped ImOn give back to our community by "Liking" our Facebook page www.facebook.com/ImOnCommunications, and voting for the non-profit you would like to see receive a donation from ImOn. The spotlighted non-profit agencies included:
- African American Museum
- Big Brothers/Big Sisters
- Cedar Rapids Museum of Art
- Families Helping Families
- Horizons, A Family Service Alliance
- Junior Achievement
- National Czech and Slovak Museum & Library
- Tanager Place
- Young Parents Network
Cards for Chance
ImOn collected and mailed almost 80 Christmas cards for Chance Franck, a Hopkinton boy who has been ill at U of I Hospitals and Clinics. Before slipping into a coma on November 22, he told his parents that his Christmas wish was to receive 300 Christmas cards. He has since woken up and is at home recovering with his family and lots of Christmas card greetings!
Cell Phones for Soldiers
With the help from our customers and employees, ImOn has collected 57 Cell Phones for Soldiers. The donated cell phones are sold to a company that recycles them, and the money received from the recycled phones is used to purchase calling cards which are given to troops to call home.
Tanager Adopt a Family
ImOn adopted a family this holiday season with Tanager Place and collected gifts for an entire family. Employees and staff enthusiastically shopped and wrapped presents for the family to open Christmas morning.
"This is a great way to make Christmas a little brighter for a family who is less fortunate." - Jeff Janssen, Director of Sales and Marketing.
Meals on Wheels
Once a month ImOn employees deliver hot, nutritious meals to older adults with Horizons Meals on Wheels.
ImOn believes in giving back to the community we serve and volunteering with Meals on Wheels is a great way to do that. ImOn employees who have never volunteered before discovered the power of giving back through connecting with the recipients of these meals. This has been such a rewarding experience for our employees.
"This was a great volunteer experience and opened my eyes to how easy it is to give back to the community I live and work in. Being able to give back like this is so rewarding.
The people we delivered to were so thankful. It made me realize how much of a difference one meal could make to someone. It wasn’t just the food either; it was knowing that someone cared about their well being.
Even after volunteering only once to deliver meals, I could see how much of an impact it made on the local community, and we can’t wait to volunteer again."
Theatre Cedar Rapids
ImOn is extremely excited to be the Main Stage Sponsor of Theatre Cedar Rapids for the 2012 season!
The 2012 Season
The Importance of being Earnest: January 27-February 18
Gross Indecency: February 10-March 3
The Wedding Singer: March 9-March 31
Five Women Wearing the Same Dress: April 13-May 5
Alice in Wonderland: April 27-May 19
On Golden Pond: June 22-July 19
Hairspray: July 6-July 28
Especially for You Race Against Breast Cancer
ImOn is a proud sponsor of the 21st Annual "Especially For You" Race Against Breast Cancer. 15,792 people participated in the race on Sunday, October 2. The race raised over $375,000 for the fund's mission too support free mammograms and other breast-care services to area individuals in need.
Community Organizations that ImOn Supports:
St. Pius Elementary School
Cedar Rapids Mustangs Junior Hockey
Cedar Hills Baseball
Cedar Rapids Reds Baseball
Czech and Slovak National Museum
Cedar Rapids Chamber of Commerce
Marion Chamber of Commerce
Better Business Bureau
CR Convention and Visitors Bureau
Marion Library Foundation
St. Pius Church
St. Joe’s Church
St. Jude’s Church
Premiere Soccer Club
Hawkeye Downs Hard Charger
Kids First Law Center
American Diabetes Association
Cedar Rapids Roughriders
ImOn is always looking for more opportunities to reach out to the Cedar Rapids area community to improve quality of life for its citizens. For more information regarding ImOn community outreach and sponsorship opportunities contact us at 319-298-6484.