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For many people, the holiday season is synonymous with giving thanks, spreading joy, and sharing what we have with others. This year was especially challenging for many, even more so for marginalized groups who have been hit the hardest by a global pandemic's economic realities. Times like these strengthen our resolve to make significant contributions to our community in the form of employee-giving efforts and providing volunteer opportunities more than just one time a year.  

Fors Marsh Group (FMG) aims to actively identify and engage in efforts that contribute to our community's health and well-being. Throughout the year, FMG gives back to the community by taking on initiatives related to addressing the opioid crisis and public health and committing to advancing racial equity. Our values, research expertise, and B Corp ethos inspire the pursuit of projects that empower our employees to solve social, commercial, and health-related challenges. We believe we must positively impact the community, and we can do so internally by engaging employees and externally by participating in collective action. For instance, this year, our employees have volunteered their time at the polls, donated to social justice initiatives, and developed organizational initiatives in direct support of advancing racial equity. FMG employees also offered their research expertise to support the B Corp community's assessment and response to the hardships people face due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We are especially keen on giving back during the holidays as the holidays tend to amplify hardship. FMG has two committees that lead our community giving efforts, the Community Impact Team (CIT) and the Driving Inclusion and Valuing Equity (DIVE) committee. This holiday season, both committees sponsored our annual Toy Drive to benefit diverse community members who are less fortunate but equally deserving of joy during the holidays. Although this year we couldn't do our usual toy drive set up with gifts under the FMG tree, we could continue our tradition of spreading cheer. With a little help from the CEO of the Toys for Tots program himself, Lt. Gen James Laster, USMC (Ret), we hosted the toy drive virtually. Employees were encouraged to participate in the drive while remaining socially distant and safe. In keeping with tradition, FMG matched the staff's generous contributions.

Corporate giving efforts serve as reminders of what is truly important. There are members of our community who do not have the same economic resources and regularly go without things that so many of us take for granted. Join us in giving back this holiday season and beyond. Contact us to learn more about how to partner with us in serving the community and addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion. 

About the author

Jasmine Wheeler, Ph.D.

Jasmine Wheeler, Ph.D.

As the co-chair for FMG's Driving Inclusion and Valuing Equity (DIVE) Committee, Dr. Jasmine Wheeler leads FMG's efforts to identify, set, communicate, and implement diversity and inclusion goals and programs. Dr. Wheeler is also a researcher on the Military Recruiting Research team, where she supports research that examines the individual, social, and environmental factors that drive interest in military service on behalf of the Department of Defense (DOD). Dr. Wheeler has over seven years of experience in qualitative/quantitative research methodology, survey design, project management, and proposal development.

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