OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Melissa N.

As an Otter Relations Specialist in our San Diego office, Melissa N. is an integral part of the OtterCares Ambassador team. Her enthusiasm for giving back and her passion for helping others have set an amazing example for other Otters who can’t help but want to get involved too! Read more below about Melissa!

11096427_10153931473418561_1871926593082831808_nWhy did you become an OtterCares Ambassador: Being active in the community has led to some of the best experiences and relationships in my life. Making a difference, having fun outside of the office, meeting new friends, and building leadership skills is just too great an opportunity to pass up!

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work? Seeing friends’ and family’s lives saved by blood, bone marrow, and other bio-donations first hand is what initially drew me in many years ago. Today I am still very passionate about BeTheMatch.org while having expanded my interests into animal rescues and youth art/music education.

???????????????????????????????Describe a recent volunteer activity you have been involved in: Through OtterCares I have developed a strong relationship with Reach Out & Read San Diego, a nonprofit that promotes the “prescription” of books to young children seeking medical attention. Doctors “prescribe” donated books to families to promote literacy and emotional connection at every age of development. Last year our office collected 42 books in a matter of weeks!

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?: The mission narrows the focus on innovative education and philanthropy for children. This intent focus gives OtterCares direction so it can have a deep, meaningful impact with its resources. The mission and vision of OtterCares is to promote entrepreneurship and philanthropy in children’s lives, to expose young people to think differently, and practice the things they are passionate about in a way that is creative and caring, and to know they are capable of real, impactful change in the world we share.

2015 G3 Challenge: Have a Heart for Innovation

Innovation StationWe believe one young and inspired mind can change the world, so we’re raising money to help schools and nonprofits build innovation stations that will inspire young minds and help them become tomorrow’s innovators and business leaders.

The Get It, Grow It, Give It Challenge (G3) is a unique fundraising event that engages the employees of Otter Products and Blue Ocean Enterprises. For this year’s G3 Challenge, we’re raising money to help local schools and nonprofits build Innovation Stations equipped with innovative, hands-on learning tools for students to invent, explore and create! For more information on the fundraising campaign visit https://www.coloradogives.org/OCHeart4Innovation.

Are you a school or nonprofit that would LOVE to have an Innovation Station? Visit http://www.ottercares.org/innovation-station-fund/ for more information and to apply foran Innovation Station grant!G3

 

OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Eric D.

As an OtterCares Ambassador for the last two years, Eric has been an integral part of growing employee participation in volunteerism and philanthropy at Blue Ocean Enterprises. Read below about how and why he volunteers:

Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador: Last year as an OtterCares Ambassador was so rewarding, so I really wanted to continue with it again this year to encourage our team to get engaged and volunteer in their community and passions outside of work.

DanielsonDescribe a volunteer activity you have been involved in that relates to the OtterCares purpose statement: Last year I had the privilege of volunteering with Junior Achievement as a judge in one of their programs that taught kids how to bring a product to market and listen to their target audience. The week-long program gave the high school students a look into the OtterBox product development cycle, and taught them how to create consumer product that met the need of their peers. After the competition I got the chance to give a team feedback, and hear about how they worked together as a team to create the end product. It was really inspiring to hear how many of them were excited to start their own business.

Describe your favorite volunteer activity (either one time or ongoing): At the end of last year one of our team member’s house burned to the ground, and our entire company rallied together to help clean up the pieces. It was amazing to see how everyone came together for a common purpose, and made a HUGE difference in the life of someone we work with every day.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?:  Entrepreneurs and philanthropists are changing the world, so I think OtterCares mission and purpose of inspiring the next generation of these world-changers is critical to our community and region. If the next generation isn’t exposed to the ideas of entrepreneurship and philanthropy I believe we will miss out on a tremendous amount of creativity that they possess.