Volunteer Spotlight: Angela B.

Why do you volunteer with Partners Mentoring Youth? I actually had a friend suggest that I volunteer with Partners Mentoring Youth.  When I looked into the program further, I was so excited to find out about the School Based Mentoring program (SBM). With School Based Mentoring, you commit to an hour a week with your partner during school hours.  Being a mother of a young child, this option sounded amazing to me. I knew that I could make a difference in our community without taking time away from my family.

Angela & Lyric

Describe your volunteer role as a Senior Partner. I love volunteering through Partners Mentoring Youth.  When I initially started the program, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Would my partner want to meet with me every week? What would they expect from me? What would we talk about? Any anxiety that I may have had was eased after meeting with Lara Reid, the SBM Program Coordinator.  We chatted for about an hour and half about my upbringing, my interests, and the age group I was interested in partnering with.  She then matched me with a partner who was a great fit. We meet every week, and never run out of things to talk (and laugh) about.

What motivates you to volunteer/enjoy most? There is motivation all around me! Working for OtterBox and having this great base of resources and encouragement to volunteer is phenomenal. The biggest motivation though, is my partner. She is really coming into her own, and I am so excited to watch her graduate next year.

What is your fondest memory of volunteering? We always have a great time, and we keep it really simple. My best memory would probably be when she made fun of my driving. (I tend to start talking and forget where I am going).  I could tell that she trusted me and felt comfortable being herself around me.

Do you have any advice for those who are interested in volunteering with Partners Mentoring Youth? There are so many kids in our community who are waiting to be matched with a mentor.  If you are considering it, don’t wait! Contact Partners and they will talk you through the different types of partnerships that are available. I knew that I wanted to mentor a teenage girl at Rocky Mountain High School and Partners was able to find a great match.  Now we have formed a lasting friendship, which is so rewarding.

Teaching the “Three Ts”

On April 25th the OtterBox offices were overrun with a boisterous group of 25 special visitors- some of our employees’ kids who participated in Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. Students ages 7-14 enjoyed the day learning about what their parents do at work and discovering what it means to be an “Otter.”

IMG_2094A big part of our company culture is giving back to the community and so this special day presented a great opportunity for us to talk with the kids about philanthropy. We brainstormed ideas to give back using the three Ts (time, talent and treasure) such as: Volunteering time to pick up trash at a local park, sharing the talent of singing by performing at a retirement home, and donating treasures such as clothing and books that are not used anymore to families in need.

At OtterCares, we believe that everyone, no matter their age, has something to give and we invest and participate in programs that encourage kids to give back. We are proud to represent a company of caring employees and to have the opportunity to share that caring spirit with their kids too!

OtterCares Ambassadors: Our Key to Success

What has two arms, two legs and amazing super powers? An OtterCares Ambassador of course!

Started in 2012, the OtterCares Ambassador program provides an avenue for OtterBox employees to get more involved with the work of the foundation. This savvy group of about 50 volunteers represents each department in the company and provides invaluable assistance to the OtterCares staff by serving as liaisons between the foundation and their departments.  They promote and plan volunteer opportunities for their colleagues and work to spread the mission of OtterCares.

A 2012 and 2013 OtterCares Ambassador, Kiley from our IT & Strategic Projects departments loves the works she does. She says, “Having the ability to add being an OtterCares Ambassador into my regular job is more than I could ask for. I love setting up volunteer opportunities for my co-workers, especially when they come back and talk about what a great experience they had!”

Being an OtterCares Ambassador is also a valuable leadership opportunity for those employees who are looking to learn more about non-profits and get more involved in the community. Ambassadors are engaged in foundation activities by serving on event planning committees and helping to staff events.

Randy from the Distribution Center, also a 2012 & 2013 OtterCares Ambassador says “This program and this organization have done much more for me than I have in return, and to that I am very blessed.”

The staff of OtterCares feels equally blessed to work with our great team of Ambassadors. Their passion, dedication and efforts are an integral part of making OtterCares great.