Mission Possible Volunteer Spotlight – Haley Honens
At LogMeIn and Mission Possible, we couldn’t positively affect change in the world and improve people’s lives without the help and support of our incredible employees. I recently had the opportunity to sit and talk with one such employee — Haley Honens. Haley is an Account Services Specialist at LogMeIn, and shared about her experience volunteering with Mission Possible, LogMeIn’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) program, since she started working in our Santa Barbara office in 2015.
Amy Wendel: What is it about CSR that interests you, and how important was it to you when applying at LogMeIn?
Haley Honens: From seventh grade through the end of High School I volunteered every month for an organization called National Charity League. Then in college, I joined a sorority where community involvement and philanthropy were core parts of our organization. Volunteering is not new to me, so choosing to participate with Mission Possible here at LogMeIn was a no-brainer! Time and energy given to something that I have been otherwise privileged to have drives me to give back with Mission Possible.
Amy: What kinds of volunteer activities have you been involved in since joining LogMeIn? What has been your favorite opportunity, or when did you feel your efforts had the most impact?
Haley: I have participated in a variety of Special Olympics events such as the Track and Field Games and their soccer tournaments. Recently, a couple Special Olympic athletes came to have lunch with us here on campus and I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face playing ping pong and corn-hole with them. I have also helped chaperone thousands of kids at Mikes’ Field Trip to the Movies, an event put on by the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, with some of the kids never having gone to a movie theater in their lives. Recently, I helped hand out food and pack grocery bags for the Santa Barbara Food Bank. I was emotionally moved during this event by a mother coming to grab food for herself and her seven-year-old as they were on the brink of homelessness. Made me realize again how much I really have in this life, and how important it is to give back.
Amy: What, if anything, have you learned from your volunteer activities?
Haley: People are struggling in their own way every single day. Just a couple hours of my time dedicated to brightening someone’s day fulfills me. Volunteering is such a selfless action that I will always be humbled by.
Amy: Have you met new colleagues or LogMeIn leadership while volunteering?
Haley: Definitely! Since we are separated by departments and several different buildings here at the Santa Barbara campus, it has been fun meeting new faces and working with people I would not normally get the chance to interact with. It is fun to see them at the café or between buildings after a Mission Possible event is over and have them recognize you from a shared life-changing volunteer experience.
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?
Haley: Do not be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Every experience and event that helps others is so much bigger than yourself. Relish getting a day off of work to help those who may never step foot in a corporate office or be given the opportunity to have fun otherwise. I love that LogMeIn gives each one of its employees the opportunity to give back to our community.
LogMeIn employees are given two 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 and interview and resume writing, packing clothing and supplies for children, and even teaching youth programming skills, Mission Possible supports countless opportunities to give back.