OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Adam C.

20140426_082023Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador: The popular quote from the Richardsons, “To whom much is given, much is expected,” truly resonates with me. I am extremely fortunate to have the support, education, and lifestyle that I have.  Others are not as fortunate and can benefit from our help.  I have been given more than I could ask for in life and I am happy to give back.  The three causes that I choose to devote my time toward are cancer support, education, and youth.  I am able to give toward two of those causes in the Ambassador role at OtterCares and I am driven to motivate other Otters along with me.

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work? My mother was the most selfless person and lived her life serving others and contributing her time to make others happy. Her most important cause was helping youth.  Her memory fuels my desire to help others and give back to our community to the best of my ability.

Describe a volunteer activity you have been involved in: Just recently I participated in a mentor program for Poudre School District. I had a visit at OtterBox from a very intelligent and vibrant middle schooler named George.  He and his father Henry seemed very energized by the environment at OtterBox, the promising career of becoming an Electrical Engineer, and the possibilities the visit opened up for George.  They thanked me profusely and kept telling me how much fun they had.  It was truly rewarding to see such excitement for George when we talked about his future inventing products.

15043714145_eae80ba728_zWhat is your favorite volunteer activity? I have a few favorite volunteer activities and they all involve teams coming together for a cause. It is extremely rewarding to participate in a cross-functional team outside of our normal duties at OtterBox.  It is amazing to see a team outside building trails, building homes, caring for animals, or teaching kids.  Helping others as a team creates a common bond between individuals that is not easily broken.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important? I believe that most problems in the world could be corrected or improved by education. If we can teach youth the skills they need and motivate them to use these skills for the good of the community, nation, and world, we create a tidal wave of positive change.  The ripple in the pond analogy holds true with educating youth and I already see waves coming from the efforts of the OtterCares Foundation and its Ambassadors.

Customer Service Team Brings Volunteering On Site

CS Flashcards Feb15At Otter Products, we believe there’s no such thing as being “too busy to volunteer.” Even if you have trouble finding the time to get away from your desk, there are all kinds of volunteer projects that can be done right at the office! This week, approximately 40 volunteers from our customer service department are volunteering nearly 100 hours creating alphabet flashcards to be donated to local nonprofit organizations that serve youth. This fun project allows employees to express their creativity while also creating something that will help young people in our community learn!CS Flashcards Feb15_3

Since the customer service department has to keep our phone lines staffed to serve customers, it’s difficult to have volunteer projects that involve a large number of people at once. This project is perfect because small groups of employees can volunteer for short two-hour shifts throughout the week.

CS Flashcards Feb15_4OtterCares Ambassador Julie said the team chose this project because it was an easy and fun way to get a large number of people in the department involved. The hope is that by encouraging volunteerism on site, employees will enjoy the experience and be more inclined to keep volunteering both for company sponsored projects and on their own time! After the flashcards are complete, the department will organize a trip to hand deliver them to the recipients so that volunteers can see the impact of their work!

Volunteering comes in all shapes and sizes… Thanks to our customer service department for showing us one fun way to get creative and adaptable when it comes to giving back!

OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Deirdre H.

Deirdre is an enthusiastic champion for OtterCares at our distribution center in Frederick, CO. She’s always one of the first to sign-up for a project and her energy and drive inspire others to get involved as well. Read more below about how and why Deirdre is involved with OtterCares!

adopt a park(9)Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador? I have worked as a volunteer organizer /event planner in the past for a nonprofit and really enjoyed it. I knew my skills would be helpful.

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work? I volunteer because I have experienced firsthand how important volunteering is. I had cancer in 2011 and had 7 weeks of radiation. Almost every day a volunteer from the American Cancer Society picked me up and drove me from Fort Collins to Loveland for my radiation appointment. I could not have gotten through this without them!

Describe a recent volunteer activity you have been involved in: Last Thursday I taught a class of 3rd graders  at Dupont Elementary. It was through Junior Achievement and it was about “Our City”. The kids learned about zoning, starting a business, why we pay taxes and media.

What is your favorite volunteer activity? Junior Achievement is my favorite! I have taught 4 different classes and volunteered at Finance Park twice. It’s so much fun and it feels good to know you are inspiring young minds!

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important? Children are the future. What we do for OtterCares is definitely making an impact in our community. I can see it in the children I teach that they will remember the lessons I have taught them and hopefully when they grow up they will want to volunteer too.