They have facilitated millions of employee volunteer hours. All they have to do is pick up the phone, and corporate executives invest in volunteering. Some claim that they came up with the term “CSR.” They are: The Most Interesting Client Relations Managers in the World.
1. Give us your elevator speech — what do you do at VolunteerMatch?
I serve the VolunteerMatch.org community, helping visitors to the site connect with causes they care about, and supporting nonprofits as they connect with great volunteers on our network. I also monitor and measure trends in our network to help us better support our community and inform potential improvements to the community experience.
2. What brought you to VolunteerMatch? How long have you been here?
I felt personally aligned with the VolunteerMatch mission long before I got the chance to join the organization, so I jumped at the opportunity work here with a team of what I find to be such a dedicated and passionate group of individuals. We share a deep belief in the positive impact of service and a strong commitment to promoting community involvement, wherever that community may be found. I was lucky enough to join the VolunteerMatch team in September of 2012.
3. What is the most inspiring part of your job? What’s your favorite part?
I feel most inspired when I hear from nonprofits who have used VolunteerMatch to connect with great volunteers. It reminds me that VolunteerMatch isn’t just a great idea, or an app that could be useful in theory, but an active meeting place where every day thousands of people find ways to get involved with causes that are important to them. It feels good to play a part in helping create a place where those important connections happen.
My favorite part of working at VolunteerMatch is getting to collaborate with my teammates around how best to support and improve the experiences of volunteers and nonprofits on our site. I’m consistently impressed and inspired by the passion and dedication of the VolunteerMatch team.
4. If you were to start a foundation or a nonprofit, what would its mission be?
I feel greatly concerned by the impact of environmental degradation, particularly its effects on people living in poverty. If I started a foundation or nonprofit, its mission would be to investigate and publicize the causes and conditions of poverty and environmental degradation, and explore economic and policy tools to promote environmentally sustainable development.
5. Where will the Corporate Social Responsiblity (CSR) industry be in 5 years?
Obviously there are external, particularly economic, factors that influence trends within the CSR community, but my hope is that 5 years from now the CSR industry will be in a role of greater influence in business decision-making, in general. Among the more common CSR actions, I would love to see supporting employee volunteerism more widely recognized as having the most immediate and positive impact on company culture and ethos, and on the communities where employees get involved.
6. Tell us a story (or two) about something that happened in your work that you consider to be a success, something that you’re proud of, and explain why.
My mom happens to work for a company that uses VolunteerMatch to facilitate its own employee volunteer program. One day she saw a sign posted in the break room at her office promoting a company-wide week of service, encouraging employees to sign up and find opportunities on VolunteerMatch, so she and her team did just that. Later, she emailed me a picture of her and her teammates smiling and volunteering at a local food bank. For me, it was a personal, concrete example of the impact the VolunteerMatch platform and network facilitates – a reminder that the work we do in our office translates into helping people get involved in their communities, which I believe has exponentially positive effects.
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