OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Kingsley M.

A member of our Global Engineering and Technology Development department, Kingsley is an enthusiastic Ambassador and was one of the key volunteers who drove our participation in this year’s JA Business Week. Read more below about how and why Kingsley volunteers!

IMG_1896aWhy did you become an OtterCares Ambassador: To give back a small portion of what I have been given (to whom much has been given much is expected).

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work?: I volunteer because from an early age I was encouraged to do so and quickly found that I learned far more from the experience than most of the people I was helping. It’s a hard feeling to describe but once you’ve experienced it you want to do it again. Even though sometimes it can feel like work at the time, in hind sight I have always reflected on it as time well spent. I have never regretted helping someone in need and I’ve been doing it for over 40 years now. I try to practice random acts of  kindness and “pay it forward”. It is very gratifying when you get to see a glimpse of the ripple effect that your example has had on another. You do not get to see that very often but the older I get the more I see and more people who inspire me to continue to give.

GETD and IT Habitat BuildDescribe your favorite volunteer activity: It’s hard to pick just one. JA Business Week was great and I really enjoy helping with Habitat for Humanity (I love to build and fix stuff with other willing hearts). Retirement is coming and I’ve warned my wife I won’t stop working because I don’t have to anymore, I’ll just be working for a higher purpose. I look forward to having the time to commit to volunteer a significant amount of time to worthy causes.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?: Because inspiring a single mind can create a ripple effect that reaches far beyond the influence of a single individual.

High School Interview Day Fosters Leadership & Business Skills

What did you want to do with your life when you were a senior in high school?

Senior Interviews at FRHS 2014Volunteers from the OtterBox sales team helped local students answer that question when they participated in Senior Interview Days at Fossil Ridge High School earlier this year. This great volunteer opportunity provides students with an important platform to develop their leadership and business skills through a one-on-one interview with a member of the local business community. Many students put together a portfolio of their experiences throughout high school which is shared during the interview, giving the students a chance to reflect on their experiences over the last four years as they get ready to take their next steps. The school notes that these interviews “bring relevance to the students’ education, enlighten our community, and provide a forum for communication and improvement in our school.”

This interview process also provides the ever important step of feedback. Each business volunteer spends time with the student following the formal interview to give them feedback on their interviewing skills as well as general comments and suggestions. What really makes this event unique and beneficial is the opportunity for students to meet and network with members of the business community who can help them. And in fact, our employees who volunteered for this project got just as much out of it as the students.  OtterBox employee Brittany said, “I loved talking with the students and hearing about their accomplishments and aspirations for the future. Their passion and zest for what their future holds was inspiring, they helped me more than I may have helped them.”

This is the second year OtterBox employees have participated in this event and we plan to continue supporting it for years to come. We believe that one young and inspired mind can change the world and this project is truly helping to advance that idea.

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.