I had the opportunity to talk to Andrea Kisiel, Marketing Programs Manager at LogMeIn, about her experience volunteering with Mission Possible, LogMeIn’s CSR program, since she started working at our HQ in Boston in 2017.
Amy: Andrea, you have been interested in CSR right from the start! I remember being introduced to you within your first month of working here. What is it about CSR that interests you and how important was it to you when applying here?
Andrea: Corporate responsibility is a passion of mine – inside and outside of work. I try to support socially responsible companies through my purchasing decisions. My bookshelf is lined with books about CSR. I believe corporations have the power to do a lot of good due to their resources, scale, ability to influence, and the collective passion of their employees.
All that being said, when I was considering a career change last year, corporate responsibility was a major factor in assessing new opportunities. I wanted to ensure I would be joining a company that views social responsibility as an integral part of successful business practices. Almost every company today has a page on their corporate website about sustainability or corporate citizenship – but it was important to me that those values were active and authentic. During my interview process, I asked about Mission Possible in every single interview. From those conversations, I was very confident in the authenticity of Mission Possible and the importance of CSR to the company’s culture.
Amy: What kinds of volunteer activities have you been involved in since joining LogMeIn? What has been your favorite or place that you felt you had the most impact?
Andrea: Since joining the company almost a year ago, I have joined the Mission Possible committee and participated in several events with the group. I volunteered with Boys & Girls Club at a summer camp in Charlestown. I volunteered and at Saint Francis House in Boston, once in the kitchen and once in their clothing donation center. I have also volunteered on site at LogMeIn with Cradles to Crayons and BUILD, and was even given the opportunity to attend BUILD’s gala in early June.
I would have to say my favorite organization I have been exposed to since joining LogMeIn has been BUILD, an organization which develops entrepreneurship skills in high school students from under-resourced communities to prepare them for college and beyond. Having grown up attending an urban public school, I really value organizations who see the potential in students who have access to limited resources and opportunities. I am always so impressed to see the businesses the students create with through BUILD.
Amy: Have you met new colleagues or LogMeIn leadership while volunteering?
Andrea: I had the awesome opportunity to volunteer with our CEO, Bill Wagner, at Saint Francis House. This experienced of working in the kitchen with Bill and other colleagues, chopping and cooking food later to be served to the homeless, was such a powerful example of how Mission Possible is supported and prioritized from the very top here at LogMeIn.
I have also met people who work on teams and in functions I typically wouldn’t interact with daily through Mission Possible. There are 750 people spread across two buildings here at LogMeIn in Boston, so it’s virtually impossible to know everyone. Mission Possible has been a great avenue to open doors and create connections across the company that wouldn’t have come with my day to day work on the marketing team.
Lastly, I also organized a volunteer outing for my teammates. While I see these team members every day, volunteering together was a great team bonding activity. The ability to step away from our desks for a couple of hours to volunteer in our community using out “VTO” time is such a great perk that we have here.
LogMeIn employees are given 1 day 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.