NIOSH is the federal agency that conducts research on worker safety and health. But that's not the only way it's helping out it's community this holiday season.
The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health has been teaming up with local charities for more than 15 years. This year employees have adopted more than 30 angels from the Salvation Army Angel Tree program.
"We put angels on the tree and we invite employees to pick an angel or a couple of angels off of the tree," said Suzanne Marsh, a Statistician in the Division of Safety Research and the Chair of the Community Interaction Committee at NIOSH, "they go, they shop, and we ask employees to bring in toys and food as well."
The food and toys that are collected will go to the Armory on the Mileground in Morgantown. And be distributed by Christian Help to local families in the area next week.
These fundraisers give NIOSH employees a chance to give back to their communities.
"Because we are such a large part of the community, it's important that we give our employees the opportunity to give back," Marsh said. "And our employees are just so generous they're always willing to step up and help out the community."
NIOSH also participates in a Combined Federal United Way Campaign each fall that is the most successful and largest workplace giving campaign in the world. The Federal United Way Campaign just wrapped up and NIOSH raised more than $50,000.