FleishmanHillard Grows FH4Inclusion Efforts in Partnership with My Block, My Hood, My City in Chicago
FH4Inclusion is FleishmanHillard’s global pro bono and volunteer initiative, which is grounded in a commitment to create an inclusive society where all people feel valued, their differences are respected and their basic needs are met.
The FleishmanHillard office in Chicago acted on that promise by partnering with My Block, My Hood, My City (M3), a nonprofit organization whose mission is to “inspire youth, empower communities and build a better world one block at a time.” Its initiatives encourage Chicagoland youth to step outside their comfort zones and explore new and different cultures, communities and opportunities.
M3 founder, Jahmal Cole, shared his story with FleishmanHillard Chicago at the beginning of 2021. It was evident from his passion, experience and authentic delivery that creating an inclusive community is the driving force behind his work at M3 – and we were ready to get involved.
This past summer, Chicago colleagues volunteered with M3’s “One Block at a Time” program. Through this program, we collectively serviced our surrounding community by tending flower gardens, cleaning streets and fostering relationships with neighborhood leaders. Later in the fall, a group of our Chicago employees revisited the same neighborhood block to plant additional flowers in honor of our late friend and colleague, Martina Berry. As a Chicago native, Martina was proud of FleishmanHillard Chicago’s partnership with M3 knowing the visible and impactful effort the organization makes to the city’s neighborhoods. With her family’s blessing, we made a financial contribution to M3, in addition to our volunteer effort, in her memory.
“The energy and commitment that M3 has for Chicago communities is magnetic, and it is an honor to partner with such a purpose-driven organization,” said Anna Marie Taylor, senior account executive, FleishmanHillard. “Martina Berry was special to so many of us, so to commemorate her life of kindness and appreciation through our ongoing work with this organization is an experience I am grateful to share alongside colleagues.”
Our work with M3 is just beginning. We look forward to a successful 2022 as we continue to collaborate with the leaders of M3 to give back in the name of hope, love and opportunity.