A letter from Nicole Gourley, Global Chief Membership Office at Foresters Financial™.
I want to start by wishing you and your family a very Happy New Year. From everyone here at Foresters, we hope that you have a wonderful, prosperous and healthy 2021. As January kicks off and we look ahead, I am planning to embrace the coming year with a positive mindset and an ongoing appreciation for the joy found in the little things.
2020 was an unprecedented year, to say the least. Although last year presented many challenges, I cannot help but feel a sense of pride and admiration for our Foresters members and employees who made a tremendous impact by staying focused on our purpose and giving back in their local communities when possible. For nearly 150 years, Foresters has been enriching lives and building strong communities and this has never been more relevant than it was in 2020.
Through the Caring Through Crisis (CTC) grant, we helped members support their communities during the COVID-19 crisis. With seed funding from Foresters, members were able to stay safely engaged and make a difference in their communities by building wellness kits, fundraising, filling food boxes, sewing support blankets for seniors and providing meals for frontline workers, to name just a few of the many ways people helped out. Individually, members made a difference with their families, but together, we positively impacted hundreds of thousands of people in a collective response to the crisis. I remain awed and grateful to have the privilege to work with so many inspiring people.
These efforts to respond to the COVID pandemic did not halt our progress in other areas. Rather than slow down, we continued to grow our suite of member benefits with the launch of LawAssure, Lifelong Learning and a new Diabetes benefit in the U.S. Our scholarship program continued, and while some of the 250 winners are learning online this year, the funding from Foresters provided important support for their future ambitions. We enhanced our online benefit platform to make it easier for members to apply for Community Grants and access community events, and we launched an online portal for members in the U.K. To keep our members safe, we shifted all events to virtual experiences and reimagined our election process for local member leaders.
I am very proud of the way our members, employees and local communities pulled together during a difficult time.
As we put 2020 behind us and look forward with hope, the experiences of the past year have reaffirmed for me the importance of staying connected with others, the value of bonding over a common purpose and the powerful impact of giving back to our community.
Looking forward to the coming year, we have much to be excited about here at Foresters. As we stay the course, maintaining our financial strength and commitment to members and communities, we will strengthen the member network, launch new benefit programs and continue to create opportunities for our members to positively enrich their families and communities.
Let us all embrace 2021 with hope and optimism. Let us collectively remain steadfast in our timeless commitment to enriching personal, family and community well-being. Together, we can celebrate the amazing ripple effect that good generates.
Thank you for everything you do.
Be safe. Do good. Stay connected.
Nicole Gourley, Global Chief Membership Officer
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