The 3rd Annual Be Merry, Choose a Charity Holiday Contest

With the rush of holiday spending and advertising in full-swing, it’s important to take a step back and remember the true meaning of the season of giving. Before you go looking for the latest toys and gadgets, take a moment to support those who are in need during this special time of year.

In the spirit of giving, Blue Compass is happy to launch the 3rd annual Be Merry, Choose a Charity contest! Last year, we saw our employees throw their support behind nearly 30 different charities that have made an impact in their lives. This year, we’re switching things up. We’ve divided our Blue Compass family into four teams; each, with a charity to support. These four teams will work hard over the next two weeks to spread the word, gain support and collect votes for a chance to earn their charity a donation from Blue Compass. Starting today, our four teams will work hard to earn the $1,000 grand prize for their charity.

Voting Can Also Help You Win!

When you enter the Be Merry, Choose a Charity contest on the official page, you’ll have a chance to view the four wonderful charities we’ve selected this year. To vote, click charity you choose, enter your name and email address and then click "VOTE."

After voting, you’ll be entered to win a brand new iPad mini. You can vote for one charity per day to increase your chances of winning and to put your chosen charity in the lead! Be sure to check back daily for real-time updates to the voting leaderboard.

Let’s Take a Look at Our Charities

Our teams picked local charities that aim to make a huge impact on Iowa. Let’s get to know our charities!

Court Appointed Special Advocates of Iowa (CASA Iowa)

CASA Iowa is part of the national organization of Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA), whose mission is to give abused and neglected children the opportunity to thrive in a safe and loving home. Volunteers get to know the child, and they use the information they gather to inform judges and others of what the child needs and what will be the best permanent home for them. Children who are assigned a CASA are more likely to find a safe, permanent home; half as likely to re-enter the foster care system; more likely to succeed in school; less likely to spend three or more years in care.

Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking

The Iowa Network Against Human Trafficking fights to end modern day slavery by raising awareness, providing education, promoting advocacy and offering service to victims. Human trafficking occurs when vulnerable men, women and children are forced or coerced into involuntary servitude. Many see this as an issue that doesn’t happen here, but that’s not the case. We hope that through this contest, we can support their efforts to raise awareness and help victims.

Freedom for Youth

Freedom for Youth is a non-profit ministry reaching children, ranging from kindergarten to young adults, in the Des Moines metro area. They provide programs that help them stay in school, learn life skills, prepare for the workplace and develop healthy relationships. Freedom for Youth creates an environment where kids feel loved, encouraged and empowered.

Hope Ministries

Hope Ministries provides emergency and rescue services and long-term recovery programs for homeless men, women and children in the Des Moines, Iowa area. Furthermore, Hope Ministries provides free meals to the community every day, all year round. Members of the Blue Compass team have seen people go through Hope Ministries's programs and have seen the impact it's had on their lives. 

Make a Difference This Holiday Season

Last year, we had an outstanding showing from all 30 of our team members and charities with the $1,000 prize going to The Puppy Jake Foundation! The contest tallied over 8,000 votes. Can you help us beat that total this year?

Votes will be accepted December 5 through December 18, 2016. At the conclusion of the contest, Blue Compass will announce the winning charities and the recipient of the iPad mini in our newsletter and social channels.

'Tis the season for giving. Help us give the gift of charity this holiday season. Vote today and every day!

Happy Holidays from the Blue Compass team!