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.


OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Donna S.

Donna is an Accounts Receivable Specialist who recently relocated from our San Diego office to Colorado. She’s been quite active in OtterCares events in both offices and is a wonderful champion for our mission and giving back. Read more below about Donna’s favorite volunteer activities: 

Donna2 Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador: To learn more about Otter Products and OtterCares, plus I love to know what volunteer opportunities there are.

Why do you volunteer? My dogs…yes all of my dogs came from a foster home/shelter and I saw what need they had for not only foster families but for even simple things like blankets, food etc.  I also volunteer because I love giving back to the community and especially love being involved in my family’s activities.  I have had so much help through the years from others in my own life; I feel it is now time for me to give back to my community. I really enjoy helping with animals because I feel they are so misunderstood.  Many people cannot afford formal training and I have found that people who were adopting the dogs from the Humane Society were often bringing them back due to the dog’s lack of training so I worked with the director to try and stop that from happening by giving new owners opportunities for basic training at no charge.

Describe a volunteer activity you have been involved in that relates to the OtterCares purpose: I help at my Granddaughters school as “classroom assistant” and also for field trips to the museums, Zoo or LEGOLAND.  I also volunteered for “Career Day” to explain to the class what my job is and even shared some reasons why math is so important for future careers.  I always say “keep your minds open to be anything you want to be”….and often tell them they are only limited by their own imagination. Donna

Describe your favorite volunteer activity: I love working with animals! I have volunteered for Hidden Valley Obedience Club in Escondido California and am a certified American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Instructor and Evaluator.  I helped teach the Canine Good Citizen class for the last 7 years. Puppy class was always my favorite!  Young dogs are just like young children, they learn very fast at a young age.  Early socialization is so vitally important.  I very much enjoyed working with dog owners privately also with different issues they needed help with. I also volunteered at the Escondido Humane Society walking the dogs, cleaning the cages, playing with the kittens and on Saturday mornings I would teach a small class of owners that adopted dogs about Canine Good Citizen training and help them with their individual issues with their dogs.  Adopted dogs can come from a variety of backgrounds and may have very different difficulties that need to be addressed to make them a social part of the family unit.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?  Because it shows the youth about giving back to the community is so important and gives them confidence for entrepreneurship that their ideas can be important and BIG!!