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November 22, 2019 | By

Mission Possible Volunteer Spotlight – Brendon Harrington

I recently had the opportunity to talk to Brendon Harrington, Sales Solution Engineer and a remote employee at LogMeIn, about his experience volunteering with Mission Possible, LogMeIn’s CSR program.

Amy: What is it about CSR that interests you and how important was it to you when applying here?

Brendon: Soon after starting at LogMeIn, I began seeing many people’s volunteer day photos and hearing all the chatter about how much they enjoyed the experience of giving back to their local community. This motivated me to ask management how I could be a part of the process.

Since my first experience with Mission Possible in 2017, I have made it a point to ensure that my team and I do this as often as possible. I would absolutely push any organization I work or interact with to put a program like this together and ensure new hires are aware of the impact they can make locally by spending a day or two a year giving back.

Amy: You recently volunteered in your local area. What was that like?

Brendon: I moved to SoCal from Boston almost 2 years ago and I was immediately struck by the level of homelessness and the lack of community support from local government. I knew right then that I had to step up and figure out how I could help contribute to this challenge.

It’s great giving back to any local community in need, but here in California I believe that we can have an especially meaningful impact if we put our heads together to contribute our time, money, and positive values. Seeing the happy faces of the residents we helped serve, and hearing my team comment on how content they were with all we were able to accomplish in just four hours was the biggest reward for me!

Amy: What, if anything, have you learned from your volunteer activities?

Brendon: You don’t need an army of people or a major financial backing to have a big impact that will resonate through the community. It starts with one person and a desire to improve our world, even just a little bit.

Amy: How did you go about finding a volunteer day and connecting with remote employees?

Brendon: My team all work remotely out of our home offices here in the Los Angeles and San Diego region, so I knew pretty early on that I would have to spearhead this and work with Mission Possible teams in our office hub to make this happen. That’s where Sarah Jaimes came in, one of our Mission Possible leaders here on the west coast.

Sarah helped me ensure we had all our ducks in a row as far as finding a facility in need that could accommodate our availability and helped bridge the communication gap with the Orange County Rescue Mission and myself.

We were able to lock in 10 local remote colleagues as well as some of their family members, and one of our strategic channel partners was able to ensure that we had the headcount this organization needed for our service day.

Amy: Thanks for the chat! To wrap up, what did I miss? Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers about your experience with Mission Possible?

Brendon: Thank you Amy, the last thing I would like to express to any one in a position to give their time is that it’s never too late to start, and even the smallest act of service and kindness can have a big impact on those in need.

LogMeIn employees are given 2 days a year to volunteer and participate in a wide range of activities from sorting food at local food banks, preparing meals for the homeless and underserved, helping students with entrepreneurial skills, interview and resume writing, packing clothing and supplies for children to teaching youth programming skills.

 


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