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Reflecting on 2021: Meryl Dorais

This December we’re taking stock of the year that’s passed and sharing stories of the ups, the downs, and everything in between. Meryl, could you take us through some of your highlights and insights from 2021? Meryl: 2021 in a nutshell: a lot happened! One major change for me professionally this year was switching from Audit to Advisory at Wiss. I had been in Audit for four years since leaving Ramapo college. I didn’t want to leave Wiss, but I wanted to see what other options were...

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Gaining a Higher Purpose Through Giving Back

Tax Assistant, Joanne Spencer, discusses the power of giving back to the community. In what ways do you give back? Joanne: Much of what I do to give back to the community comes from my own life experiences, as well as my being a member of Union Baptist Church in Montclair, NJ, where I serve on the church’s Ministerial Team. Giving needn’t be faith-based. In fact, for many people, their life experiences have had a great bearing on how they have responded to others’ needs within the...

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Bringing People Joy, One Belly Rub and Paw Shake at a Time

Above: Daisy, Louie, Jack and Chase. “If people could take one thing away from interacting with my dogs, I hope to think it’s the feeling that they are loved; that there are people, as well as animals, out there that are there for them.” It’s Giving & Gratitude month at Wiss. How do you give back? As a family, we decided to have all our dogs certified to become therapy dogs. To be certified as a therapy dog, each of our pets must be trained and pass a Canine Good Citizen Test...

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Doing Better and Being Better: An Interview with Christopher Cowan, Partner

Chris, you’re passionate about giving back to the community. Can you tell us more about that? We’re not here without the support of our communities. I believe we really have a moral obligation to give back. It’s an obligation of ours to leverage the voice and respect that we have within the community, to help those who are less fortunate than we are. I’ve always wanted to do better and be better. I give back whenever I can and try to encourage others to do the same. “I’ve always...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 10: Alstede Farms

Alstede Farms is highlighted in Day 10 of the #12DaysofGiving Celebration. Wiss is proud to celebrate this local farm based out of Chester, NJ that produces a huge variety of their own local fruits, vegetables and flowers using only sustainable and USDA certified organic production methods. Today, more than 90 years after Hermann S. Alstede, Sr. immigrated to the United States from Germany, the Alstede Family maintains Hermann’s legacy of “rugged individualism” and the immigrant...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 8: Table to Table

Table to Table is celebrated in Day 8 of our #12DaysofGiving Celebration. We are proud to highlight this organization that helps serve the hungry in our local NJ counties. Table to Table is a community based food rescue program that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted and delivers it to organizations that serve the hungry in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic counties. The organization “rescues” food from about 200 donors (supermarkets,...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 12: NJSCPA

NJSCPA is highlighted in Day 12 of the #12DaysofGiving Celebration. Wiss is proud to highlight this organization that assists the needs of Garden State CPAs and striving CPAs. The NJSCPA strengthens its members through a variety of education, networking, leadership and volunteer opportunities. NJSCPA the largest professional organization, made up of 15,000 members. They organize the Young CPAs kickball tournament annually to collect donations to benefit The Valerie Fund. The Valerie...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 11: Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is highlighted in Day 11 of the #12DaysofGiving Celebration. Wiss is proud to celebrate this organization that inspires and prepares young people to succeed in a global economy.   Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to educating students about workforce readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. JA helps prepare young people for the real world by showing them how to generate...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 9: Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is highlighted in Day 9 of our #12DaysofGiving Celebration. Wiss is happy to highlight this organization that works to meet all human needs in the name of God without discrimination. The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible and its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs. They are a nonprofit...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 7: Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey

Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey is highlighted in Day 7 of our #12DaysofGiving Celebration. Wiss is happy to highlight this organization that is dedicated to enhancing the lives of people with disabilities and other special needs by supporting personal growth, independence and participation in the community. CPNJ was founded in 1953 by the parents of children with cerebral palsy who wanted better services for their loved ones. They operated from donated space in the basement of Orange...

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