#SidnetDonations: Staszek for LibreOffice and the “Pomagam” Foundation

For Staszek, September is debut month. After all, it was in September of last year that he joined our team. And now, for the first time ever, Staszek is choosing the recipients of our monthly donations. At Sidnet, Michał Staszewski – aka “Staszek”, deals with sales. In a nutshell, he ensures that the customer understands the technical team and the technical team understand the customer.

See which open-source and charity projects will be receiving our financial support this month, as per Staszek’s request.

LibreOffice

LibreOffice is an open-source office program suite. It is used by tens of millions of people around the world, including government agencies in France, Italy and Taiwan. It is available in 110 different languages. The programme is being developed by The Document Foundation – a non-profit organisation which supports its operations thanks to volunteers. It is distributed under the Mozilla Public License.

“I started using LibreOffice at school when I needed a free alternative to Microsoft Office. Several years have passed since then and I still use it in my daily work. What is more, I also found myself in a team that deliberately gives up commercial software and aims to support open-source solutions such as LibreOffice,” Staszek explained.

So why does Staszek like LibreOffice?

  • Feature-richness. LibreOffice is the most comprehensive open-source office program suite available. It includes such tools as Writer (text editor), Calc (spreadsheet), Impress (presentation editor), Draw (graphics editor), Base (database editor) and Math (mathematical formula editor).
  • A plethora of supported formats. LibreOffice supports files with various extensions, including Microsoft Office formats (.docx, .xlsx and .pptx). In addition, LibreOffice’s native and open format, .odf (OpenDocument Format), is designed to guarantee free access to data, forever and regardless of the choices of commercial solution creators in the future.
  • Extensions. The functionality of LibreOffice can also be extended with additional functionalities, which is often an advantage of open-source software. There are a number of free plugins available on the Internet, including dictionaries, document templates and tools that improve the file export processes.

The “Pomagam” Foundation

The “Pomagam” Foundation from Łódź helps children suffering from diseases, as well as those in orphanages. Staszek knows this foundation “first-hand”.

“When I lived in Łódź, I met the president of the foundation – Ewa. Thanks to her enthusiasm, I became interested in helping others, especially ill children. I helped her in organising collections and transport,” Staszek said.

Since 2006, the “Pomagam” Foundation has donated over one million zlotys to people in need. The foundation provides financial aid to support the treatment and rehabilitation of ill children. In addition, it provides financial and educational support for children in orphanages while striving to introduce some positive experiences in their lives, for example, educational and integration trips, sports activities, workshops with psychologists and dog-assisted therapy.

“I am getting married next August. Instead of flowers, I would like the guests to bring school supplies for the foundation’s students. It will be just in time for the start of the new school year,” Staszek said, further encouraging us to help others in need.