Let’s get one thing straight: as a company, you can’t pledge to value people over profit unless you walk the walk. Right? That’s why Firespring—as part of our commitment to the community—requires each of our employees to volunteer 3% of their time, or around two hours a week, to volunteering.

Yeah—just try telling Robert Leslie he has to get out there and share his music with others. See what happens. You’ll probably get a really well-sung “thank you.”

We were lucky enough to catch up with Robert—by weekday our client onboarding specialist, by weekend a larger-than-life stage presence at his church or in the community—for an interview about his own volunteering story. He talked about why spreading the music brings a big smile to his face. Check out the Q&A!

Q: Thanks for talking to us, Robert. Could you tell us about your volunteering?

A: My favorite way to volunteer in service to the community is by being involved with music endeavors. I am part of Christ Place Worship, which is the worship and production team at Christ Place Church. I’m also part of a gospel group out of Omaha called Jarron Taylor and Cross Bearing Nation, and I lead worship at Red Bridge Ministries in Omaha as well. I also help with music at First Plymouth Church in Lincoln, and I’m part of an R&B/soul group called The Soul Review. 


Q: That’s a lot! How often are you performing currently?

A: Music is a huge part of my life so honestly when I’m not working, I’m normally at rehearsal for an event or worship service—or singing! There isn’t a weekend that goes by where I’m not involved with music in some way. 


Q: How did you start singing and performing?

A: I’ve been singing and practicing music since I was a toddler. When I moved to Lincoln in 2017 for college, I didn’t expect to stay past graduation in 2020. But the friendships and communities I’ve been a part of through music kept me here, and I’m really blessed and grateful for that. 


Q: What do you find rewarding about sharing music with others?

A: Music breaks barriers and brings all people together. One of my top five Gallup strengths (thanks, Firespring!) is Includer, and I enjoy creating experiences and environments for people from all walks of life to come together. Music also brings healing and provides a break from the crazy world that we live in today. I’m humbled and honored to be a part of the amazing power that music can have.


Q: What would you tell people who might be interested in performing?

A: If you are musically inclined and are interested, get involved! There are many open mic nights and music collectives that you can be part of. It’s a great way to meet other creatives, make friendships and grow in your musical ability and artistry. You also get to make a difference in the community through music. 


Q: Is there anything else you would like to share?

A: I’m so grateful to be part of a company that values my passions and provides space in the work culture to volunteer to do something I truly love. It’s been a great journey so far, and I’m looking forward to the future.


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