OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Lisa F.

As the Sales Manager for OtterBox’s education sales, Lisa works with schools regularly and supports the OtterCares purpose every day. She’s also an enthusiastic Ambassador who encourages others to get involved and give back! Read more below about why Lisa volunteers and some of her favorite volunteer activities!

Pack2School LisaWhy did you become an OtterCares Ambassador?: I wanted to give back to my community and be a positive role model to help others.

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work?: Being a “Big Sister” in college had a profound effect on my life. I spent a little extra time with a young girl in need and it really influenced her in a life-changing way. We still keep in touch!

Describe a recent volunteer activity you have been involved in: Conducting Fossil Ridge High School Senior Exit Interviews. Students sit down with a member of the Fort Collins community and share their high school experiences and future plans. They present a portfolio with significant artifacts from their high school career and engage in guided conversations with a concerned adult. Pack2SchoolIt is an opportunity to inspire and encourage their philanthropic and entrepreneurial aspirations for our future world.

What’s your favorite volunteer activity? Being a shopper assistant at Pack2School is so inspiring – the kids are so excited. Giving them the tools they need helps build confidence to be good students and engaged learners.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?: Encouraging young students to use their TIME, TALENT or TREASURES to be philanthropic and entrepreneurial can create a ripple that will impact generations to come and can change the world.

 

Three Cheers for Employee Volunteers!

GETD Habitat Build Oct 2014aIMG_1161aAt the OtterCares Foundation, encouraging volunteerism is a big part of what we do. In fact, so far in 2014 more than 600 employees from Otter Products and Blue Ocean Enterprises have contributed almost 7,000 hours of volunteer time to nonprofits in their communities.

The volunteer projects that employees engage in vary widely: mentoring and tutoring in classrooms, serving on boards of directors, cleaning up trails and parks, building homes, and much more. And this work has an astounding impact on the communities where we live and work: the current value of a volunteer hour according to Independent Sector is approximatelyIMG_6444a $22.55, meaning that our employee volunteers have invested more than $150,000 worth of time toward organizations that improve our world. Now that’s something to be excited about!

What’s even better…many employee volunteers say they get as much out of the experience as they give. It’s fun and rewarding to team up with coworkers and do something to give back. We all have something to give and if we each pitch in just a little bit, we can make a huge difference! That’s a big part of why the OtterCares Foundation continues to encourage volunteerism and make it a cornerstone of our outreach efforts not just within the walls of our offices but in our surrounding communities too. We’ve all get a few extra hours to give… so how will you volunteer this year?

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.