Angie’s List talent show raises money for local community

Angie’s List talent show raises money for local community

Angie’s List employees rapped, played the keyboard and sang to raise money for their local community.

The company announced Tuesday that employees raised more than $7,000 to benefit philanthropic organizations and sponsor families in need during Christmas. The company’s Developing Professionals Network raised the money with its second annual AL’s Got Talent fundraiser on Friday.

Through the fundraiser, Angie’s List hosted a talent show of employees chosen by their peers via votes, and staff picked their favorite talent by casting as many votes as they wanted. Each vote cost $1.

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Angie’s List employees volunteer to participate in the group, meant to create leadership opportunities. The group divides itself into five areas of focus, one of which, the philanthropy pillar, dedicates its time to local outreach efforts, says Dave Van Overwalle, an ad sales representative and chairman of the diversity pillar.

“This is all company-supported, employee-volunteer driven,” Van Overwalle says. “Any corporation that shows employees are passionate about helping and being connected to the community speaks volumes about the business.”

“We had such great participation. This was the best year we’ve had yet, and I can’t wait to see what next year brings,” says Aubrey Mullins, volunteer and employee communications liaison with Angie’s List.  

Angie’s List plans to work with the United Way of Central Indiana and Washington Irving School 14 in Indianapolis to identify families to sponsor with money raised through the talent show, Mullins says.

Last year, the talent show raised more than $4,000, and Angie’s List used the money to sponsor 15 children in five families for Christmas, Mullins says. Angie’s List employees bought the families clothing, jackets, hats and toys, she says.

Angie’s List volunteers started sponsoring families for Christmas about six years ago, even before the talent-show fundraiser, Mullins says.

The company’s efforts focus on families in situational poverty, meaning they found themselves in need through situations such as unexpected layoffs, says Jossette Jackson, community school coordinator for School 14.

Families who find themselves in poverty unexpectedly often wait until mid-December to ask for help for Christmas, because they try to get back on their feet on their own, she says.

But mid-December is often too late to ask for help for Christmas—this is why it’s important for individuals and companies like Angie’s List to step in and help these families, she says.  

“We’ve had these kids who really needed help and wouldn’t have gotten it without Angie’s List,” Jackson says.

In addition to raising money for families in need, employees donated money to the following organizations:  

  • The Horizon House: A full-service homeless shelter in Indianapolis.
  • The American Heart Association: The nation’s largest voluntary organization dedicated to fighting cardiovascular diseases and stroke.
  • Meals on Wheels: An organization that represents nutritional programs for senior citizens.
  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful: A group that sponsors about 500 community improvement projects in Indianapolis each year.
  • IBE/Circle City Classic Scholarship Funds: A joint collaboration between Indiana Black Expo Inc. and the Indiana Sports Corp. Proceeds support scholarship initiatives for each organization.

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