OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Julie N.

Julie is an amazing supporter of OtterCares in her role as committee chair for the customer service group and her day to day job as Administrative Assistant for the CS department. She has been integral in getting more Otters involved in the community this year and she always has a smile on her face. Read more below about why we think Julie is so awesome!

Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador? I wanted to become an OtterCares Ambassador so I could help encourage CS Otters to get out and volunteer! We are beyond fortunate to get 24 hours of volunteer time, and I really wanted to help guide our department to take advantage of using this benefit and help make a difference in our community! Being one of the largest departments at Otter Products, I love having the challenge of getting EVERYONE involved in volunteering and more familiar about the OtterCares foundation. I truly enjoy seeking out VTO events for our department. Being able to work closely with various organizations across Northern Colorado and getting to see the impact our employees have on them is very rewarding!

cooperWho or what has influenced your volunteer work? I enjoy helping others, so this inspires me to get involved with volunteering! All of the volunteer events I have attended have really been a rewarding experience and getting to do these events with my co-workers is really enjoyable! As an Otter Products employee who uses all 24 hours of VTO, OtterCares rewards us with a $250 grant to give to a non-profit of our choice and this really hit home for me last year. I was able to give my grant to a hospital in Denver that had a huge impact on my family, all because I was out and about helping others. I am forever grateful that OtterCares gave me the opportunity to give back to this hospital. As long as I am an Otter, I will always use all of my volunteer hours & will continue to inspire others to use theirs.

Describe a volunteer activity you have been involved in that relates to the OtterCares purpose statement: Customer Service dedicated a week to helping out the Junior Achievement organization. I volunteered at Finance Park in Thornton, Colorado with tons of 7th grade students! Yes, they were taller than me & I got mistaken for a student several times, but I got to help teach them about finances & the importance of saving money! All of the students played the “Game of Life” and it was really fun to watch them play pretend, but by the end of the day to see them realize this could be their life one day, was very cool! JA encourages kids to be smart, be creative, & inspires kids to follow their dreams!

Describe your favorite volunteer activity: I personally love going to the Larimer County Food Bank! I usually go 2-3 times a year and I really enjoy using my VTO hours at this organization. Every time I go, there is SO much to do, and once my two hour shift is over I can see what an impact the group made! We are usually in charge of organizing single portions of donated food that will go to local families, so whether it’s weighing M&M’s, counting Snickers, or peeling Onions, it’s always fun to see how many servings we can make as a team and see how many families this will help.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?:  I think it’s so important to inspire kids to follow their dreams and for them to believe that anything is possible! Growing up with this mindset can really open so many doors for kids to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists one day, or maybe even when they are still kids! I love how OtterCares focuses on motivating our youth, continues to grow their ideas, and will always find ways to keep our youth believing in themselves.

 

OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Leo A.

 

Leo is a customer service associate manager. He leads his team of “minions” to not only delivery excellent customer service to Otter Products customers, but also to give back in the community and get involved with OtterCares!

FB_IMG_1430243986052Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador? I love to volunteer and to my core understand the mission that OtterCares stands for. I wanted to be a part of a team that encourages others to reach out to the community and help make a difference. You don’t have to have expendable income to touch someone’s heart, by merely giving time and being there can leave lasting impressions.

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work? The most recent influence of many was during the 2014 Pack2School event. While I was registering a family I spoke to a little girl about what color of backpack she was going to get. At the time she said she didn’t know which one because there were so many to pick from. I let her know that I would be happy to help her pick one out if she needed help. Soon after, a woman from the front desk found me to tell me about a little girl that came up to her to tell her how blessed she was for the supplies. The little girl also mentioned that if she needed help to reach out to Leo because he would help. What was mentioned next really touched my heart; the little girl said that she “was going to say a prayer” for me. How wonderful is that!

Describe a recent volunteer activity you have been involved in: The Gardens at Spring Creek holds an annual Harvest Festival that invites families in to explore the gardens and participate in activities. The activity that I participated in was the Children’s Exploration area. Here, they got to create “Corn on the Cob,” Cinnamon Apples, and design their own carrying bag. The children were able to use glue, popcorn, crayons, dough, and most of all their imagination to make their items.

Describe your favorite volunteer activities:

  • Denver Pride Fest– A large scale fundraiser for a nonprofit organization that funds programs and resources that help the GLBT community live happy, healthy, and productive lives. The Youth program alone is a sanctuary for those finding their identity in the world. Everyone needs support, understanding and guidance, and the Center Denver gives it to them.
  • Pack2School-An event where families in need can bring their children to obtain school supplies for the school year. Seeing these kid’s faces light up as they get to choose their own backpack and supplies is priceless. What would have been a struggle for the parents involved, becomes a relief knowing that their children will have the tools necessary to learn and develop.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?: Community! It gets people involved in our own neighborhoods to build a better, more educated community. Even if the children we help happen to move, you know that because of OtterCares, they will take with them the lasting impression we left. Plus it’s SO FUN!

OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Angi R.

As the front desk receptionist and admin extraordinaire at our Salazar office, Angi is a passionate leader for OtterCares involvement. She has helped coordinate numerous volunteer activities for fellow employees in her office and is always an advocate for the work we do. Read more below about Angi’s efforts.

Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador? I became an Ambassador because I have seen first-hand how a life can be changed and I want to be a part of changing more lives. OtterCares first touched my life by supporting Crossroads in Ft. Collins. I was staying there when I was first hired as a Customer Service Rep and my life was changed forever because I had a safe place to stay and a job.

Today, I find it tremendously rewarding to work with the other Ambassadors and to help set up volunteer opportunities for other Otters.

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work? : I first started volunteering when my kids were young. I volunteered at their schools as a way to support their education, the school and my community. As my kids grew out of school, I spent time volunteering at the Longmont Museum. I hope to have my own museum one day and volunteering was a great way for me to see behind the scenes.

Describe a recent volunteer activity you have been involved in: I volunteered with the JA Finance Park. This was a fun event that teaches teenagers about money management. JA is extremely organized and provided me with everything I needed to teach the teens. I really enjoyed the educational material as well as spending time with the kids.

Describe your favorite volunteer activity: My favorite volunteer activity was helping the Wolf Sanctuary. It was satisfying on a professional, physical and spiritual level. I work out of Salazar, so volunteering with a group of Otters from Tower gave me the opportunity to interact with co-workers that I rarely see in person. Our volunteer activity involved throwing small trees and boulders down a steep slope and the physical labor felt great. My spirit was fed by the natural beauty of the location as well as seeing and touching the wolves. The highlight of my day was hearing all of the wolves howling together. All in all, it was very rewarding to help out these amazing animals.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?: Entrepreneurship and philanthropy are both incredibly important to our community. It was through the entrepreneurship and philanthropy of Curt and Nancy Richardson that my own life was changed. I love being a part of teaching children the skills they need to provide for themselves and their families as well as showing them how to give to others in their community.