Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador: The popular quote from the Richardsons, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” truly resonates with me. I am extremely fortunate to have the support, education, and lifestyle that I have. Others are not as fortunate and can benefit from our help. I have been given more than I could ask for in life and I am happy to give back. The three causes that I choose to devote my time toward are cancer support, education, and youth. I am able to give toward two of those causes in the Ambassador role at OtterCares and I am driven to motivate other Otters along with me.
Who or what has influenced your volunteer work? My mother was the most selfless person and lived her life serving others and contributing her time to make others happy. Her most important cause was helping youth. Her memory fuels my desire to help others and give back to our community to the best of my ability.
Describe a volunteer activity you have been involved in: Just recently I participated in a mentor program for Poudre School District. I had a visit at OtterBox from a very intelligent and vibrant middle schooler named George. He and his father Henry seemed very energized by the environment at OtterBox, the promising career of becoming an Electrical Engineer, and the possibilities the visit opened up for George. They thanked me profusely and kept telling me how much fun they had. It was truly rewarding to see such excitement for George when we talked about his future inventing products.
What is your favorite volunteer activity? I have a few favorite volunteer activities and they all involve teams coming together for a cause. It is extremely rewarding to participate in a cross-functional team outside of our normal duties at OtterBox. It is amazing to see a team outside building trails, building homes, caring for animals, or teaching kids. Helping others as a team creates a common bond between individuals that is not easily broken.
Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important? I believe that most problems in the world could be corrected or improved by education. If we can teach youth the skills they need and motivate them to use these skills for the good of the community, nation, and world, we create a tidal wave of positive change. The ripple in the pond analogy holds true with educating youth and I already see waves coming from the efforts of the OtterCares Foundation and its Ambassadors.