Building Better Holidays

Building Better Lives through Building Better Holidays.

At Affinity, our mission is to Build Better Lives for our members and communities. Building Better Holidays was created with our mission statement in mind, supporting local organizations that are helping to Build Better Lives as well.

This year, once again partner with WHO-TV Channel 13’s “Hello Iowa” to shine a spotlight on local organizations making a difference in our community.

Our goal is to spread holiday cheer by giving local charities in need a little extra sparkle this holiday season.

Since its creation in 2018, Affinity has donated nearly $70,000 to local charitable organizations as part of our Building Better Holidays campaign.

We’re excited to have officially have kicked off our 2021 Building Better Holidays campaign by featuring and surprising EasterSeals Iowa with a $2,000 donation.

EasterSeals Iowa is a non-profit organization that provides exceptional services to ensure that all people with disabilities or special needs and their families have equal opportunities to live, learn, work, and play in their communities.

Their Mission: To provide independence, hope and support.

Help people with disabilities get the services they need now – Click here to make a donation and to learn about other ways to give.

Click the video below to watch week 1 of our 2021 Building Better Holidays charity reveal.

This week on Hello Iowa, we surprised Polk County Housing Trust Fund with a $2,000 donation.

Polk County Housing Trust Fund is a comprehensive planning, advocacy, and funding organization for affordable housing.

Their mission: To provide strategic leadership, expertise, and resources to strengthen communities by expanding affordable housing choices in Polk County.

Click the video below to watch week 2 of our 2021 Building Better Holidays charity reveal.

This week on Hello Iowa, we surprised Starts Right Here with a $2,000 donation.

Starts Right Here is a non-profit organization committed to giving youth a chance to rise above the circumstances they were born into to reach their mental, emotional, physical, and economic potential with the programs it offers.

Their mission: To encourage and educate young people living in disadvantaged and oppressive circumstances using the arts, entertainment, hip hop, music, programs, a variety of other methods with the objective of breaking down the barriers of fear, intimidation, and other damaging factors leading to a sense of being disenfranchised, forgotten, and rejected.

Click the video below to watch week 3 of our 2021 Building Better Holidays charity reveal.

This week on Hello Iowa, we surprised Latinos Unidos of Iowa with a $2,000 donation.

Latinos Unidos of Iowa is a non-profit organization that raises resources from individuals, leverages them against business, government, and non-profit partners in order to invest them in Latino leaders and organizations via scholarships and small grants.

Latinos Unidos of Iowa operates on the premise that in order to raise positive awareness of the Latino culture and education it must increase investment within the Latino community and beyond, advocating educational opportunities and highlighting the strength that diverse communities bring to our state.

This week on Hello Iowa, we surprised Joppa with a $2,000 donation.

Joppa is a non-profit organization that collaborates with community partners, helps homeless people access existing resources, and mobilizes private donations from families, churches, and organizations to meet unmet needs in homeless services, housing and education.

Their mission: To create communities of unconditional love, support, and hope for the homeless, as we work

Click the video below to watch week 5 of our 2021 Building Better Holidays charity reveal.

It’s a wrap! Our final week shines a spotlight on By Degrees!

By Degrees is a non-profit organization that partners with schools to increase high school graduation and post-secondary readiness rates on Des Moines’ north side.

Their work begins in kindergarten and follows students through high school graduation, ensuring they’re immersed in an expansive culture of post-secondary education, career exploration, and future-focused planning throughout their K-12 experience.

Click the video below to watch the final week of our 2021 Building Better Holidays charity reveal.

Listen as Affinity’s CEO, Jim Dean shares how our Building Better Holidays campaign initiative started and why it’s so important this year.