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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 Self-Care – Day 5: David Singletary

I have many ways in which I can unwind after a stressful day at work. From exercise to cooking, a lot of my favorite things to do also help me relax. Working out, keeps me energized and feeling good. With all the to-dos we have during the day, it’s an easy one to check off the list. When the weather is nice, I like to take walks, either at work around the building or at home through my neighborhood. It’s always nice to stop and smell the roses when things get hectic. I also always...

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Summer Spotlight: Joanne Spencer Goes to Puerto Rico for Mini Mission Trip

When Tax Assistant, Joanne Spencer, is not working or studying for her Master’s in Divinity at Drew University, she finds time to volunteer. She recently had an opportunity to take a long weekend to help with Hurrican relief in Puerto Rico.   Joanne sought out this opportunity after taking a course in Educational Ministry for her Master’s, in which she chose to focus on Puerto Rican history and culture. With the knowledge from that class and the recent events of Hurricane Maria,...

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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 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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12 Days of Giving – Day 6: Community Food Bank of NJ

Community Food Bank of NJ is celebrated in Day 6 of Wiss’ #12DaysofGiving. We are proud to highlight this dedicated organization that fights hunger and poverty in New Jersey. They pride themselves on being the powerful change agent that fills the emptiness caused by hunger with the basic human essentials that people need to survive. The Community Food Bank distributes 43 million pounds of food a year to more than 1,000 non-profit programs, as well as more than 400 programs...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 5: Team Walker

Team Walker is applauded in Day 5 of Wiss’ #12DaysofGiving Celebration. We feel so privileged to have the relationship we do with Jerry Walker and his selfless and passionate TW team who works to provide positive influences in the lives of Jersey City children. Team Walker (TW) is an organization whose mission is to provide safe and constructive alternatives to the harmful influences that plague inner city youth, specifically in Jersey City, NJ. Through a structured academic...

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12 Days of Giving – Day 1: NJ Sharing Network

NJ Sharing Network is highlighted in Day 1 of the #12DaysofGiving Celebration. Wiss is proud to highlight this organization and their very caring and dedicated employees. The NJ Sharing Network is a non-profit, federally designated organ procurement organization. They are responsible for the recovery of organs and tissue for the nearly 5,000 New Jersey residents currently awaiting transplantation. Additionally, they are also part of the national recovery system, which is in place...

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Building a Future for Families: Wiss’ Recap of Habitat for Humanity Build Day

By Abby Blecker, Former Marketing Intern Wiss employees gathered in Morristown on July 1st to volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity of Morris County. Habitat is a nonprofit that provides homes with interest free mortgages for qualifying families, where the land is bought from the city at extremely low costs, and most of the materials used for each house are donated.  Homeowners embrace the Habitat process, especially their “sweat equity” concept, which requires homeowners to help...

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Instilling Core Values

By Dylan D’Alessio Don Logan has been with Wiss for eight years, but his involvement in his local community started long before that. Up until recently, before its relocation, Don was part of the South Shore Karate Club since the age of 10. Don excelled in the club and started teaching younger kids when he was just 13 years old. The Karate club’s teachings incorporated excellent core values and one of the things the instructors strongly encouraged was community involvement....

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Leading by Example

By Dylan D’Alessio Carolyn Hall is the Director of Outsourced Accounting for our firm, but she doesn’t just use her financial talents for us, she also uses them for her family’s church, St. Matthew the Apostle in Randolph, NJ. Church has always been an important part of Carolyn’s life where she taught religious education for 10 years, but still wanted to do more. With this, she accepted a position on the Finance Committee where her duties include monitoring the financial status...

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A Means to an End

By Dylan D’Alessio For most of us, a week vacation to an island or the beach is what we look forward to; but for Erin Silkowski and her family, the week they spend volunteering to help others is the best vacation they could ask for. Erin Silkowski is a Staff Associate here at Wiss. Each summer, Erin and her family participate in the Appalachian Service Project, an organization dedicated to building warmer, safer and drier homes for those who live below the poverty line in...

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Sincerely Selfless

By Dylan D’Alessio During work hours, Joanne Spencer is a Tax Assistant within our firm. Away from work, she is much more than that to her community, whole-heartedly involved in a number of different ways. For Joanne, it is volunteering with organizations related to her personal interests and experiences. Even if it’s helping out in the smallest way and making a difference in one person’s life, for her, it is worth it. The subject of domestic violence is one that is particularly...

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Hitting Close to Home

By Dylan D’Alessio Wiss Partner, Craig Erickson had a special bond with his wife’s Uncle Dom, or as she called him, Zio, meaning “Uncle” in Italian. At the age of 17, he took an immediate liking to the man who was always ready to play basketball, have a catch or talk sports. Dom and Craig always had plenty to talk about, seeing as Uncle Dom was a huge Yankees fan and Craig was less than fond of them. Even though Uncle Dom was family, Craig was extremely thankful for how he...

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