OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Rebekah V.

Currently in her second year as an OtterCares Ambassador, Rebekah works as a Data Control Coordinator in the Sales and Operations Planning department. She brings her passion for the OtterCares Foundation to work and into the community every day through her own personal volunteerism and by inspiring others to get involved as well. Read below for more info on her volunteer inspiration and activities!

_5D_9386Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador? I wanted to help others experience the rewards of volunteerism and giving back, by discovering their “Cause”.

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work? As a child I learned the importance of “paying it forward” and enjoyed the satisfaction these experiences gave me; helping others gave me a feeling of purpose like nothing else did, or has. As an adult this passion has been solidified in many ways, including directly experiencing the receiving end of volunteerism, and the huge impact it makes in lives and communities.

Lory Park group photoDescribe your favorite volunteer activity: I have tutored struggling students in multiple grades for 10 years. For me, this activity is one of the most rewarding areas of volunteerism because I believe adults have such a meaningful and impactful influence on a child’s spirit and confidence. Working with children is unique in that they are full of limitless creativity and enthusiasm.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important? Because it champions the power each individual has on our communities and neighbors, and creates an environment that perpetuates a huge ripple effect in countless lives, on a daily basis.

2014 Family Volunteer Day

IMG_1898aJust because school is out in the summer time doesn’t mean Otter Kids don’t stay busy giving back to the community! This summer, more than 40 Otters and Otter Kids participated in our Family Volunteer Day! Here at the OtterCares Foundation, we don’t just believe in talking about teaching philanthropy. We put our thoughts and beliefs into action by encouraging employees to bring their kids along to volunteer!

IMG_1850aOur hardworking volunteers planted over 3,000 plant plugs at Springer Natural Area in Fort Collins to help restore an area previously disrupted by construction. Everyone had fun getting their hands dirty and learning about the importance of volunteer work to keeping these natural areas beautiful for generations to come!

By encouraging families to volunteer together, the OtterCares Foundation is helping to inspire the next generation of philanthropists. We encourage those of you with little ones at home to get out and volunteer. Create a habit of giving back that will last a lifetime!

For more photos from Family Volunteer Day, visit our Facebook page!

OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Drew H.

SOW 4-1-14_3aWorking in the Operations department of our Boston office, Drew is a valuable asset to the work team and also brings enthusiasm and dedication to the OtterCares Foundation to advance our mission in the Boston area. Read below about what inspires Drew to volunteer and some of his volunteer experiences!

Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador? I wanted to become an OtterCares Ambassador because I believe if everyone does a little good, our communities and world will be a better place to live in and our lives more fulfilling by helping one another.

Who or what influenced your volunteer work? My volunteer work is influenced by my parents who donate money to multiple organizations and volunteer on a board of directors for a local nonprofit that helps low-income adults and youth get the technical computer skills needed for successful careers. It is also influenced by my own personal ideal that if people help others out, we all progress and make the world a better place.

Drew teaching kidsDescribe a recent volunteer activity you have participated in: My favorite volunteer activity so far has been to volunteer for Junior Achievement and go teach four JA lessons to students at a local middle school.  It was a profound, educational lesson for myself and has definitely added to the respect I have for teachers.  The lessons I taught were all about starting to consider what you want to do with yourself, what possible careers are you interested in, and some very important life lessons like budgeting and how much major living expenses cost.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important? The OtterCares mission is important because just one young mind who is pushed and inspired can become the next great scientist of our time, the next amazing inventor whose inventions makes us feel like we are living in the future, or the next great doctor of this century who finds the cure for a disease.  All of this comes down to championing innovative education that progresses all of our youth forward to help make the world a better place with more individuals who become entrepreneurs and philanthropists who create the lasting and positive impacts in their communities.