OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Eric D.

As an OtterCares Ambassador for the last two years, Eric has been an integral part of growing employee participation in volunteerism and philanthropy at Blue Ocean Enterprises. Read below about how and why he volunteers:

Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador: Last year as an OtterCares Ambassador was so rewarding, so I really wanted to continue with it again this year to encourage our team to get engaged and volunteer in their community and passions outside of work.

DanielsonDescribe a volunteer activity you have been involved in that relates to the OtterCares purpose statement: Last year I had the privilege of volunteering with Junior Achievement as a judge in one of their programs that taught kids how to bring a product to market and listen to their target audience. The week-long program gave the high school students a look into the OtterBox product development cycle, and taught them how to create consumer product that met the need of their peers. After the competition I got the chance to give a team feedback, and hear about how they worked together as a team to create the end product. It was really inspiring to hear how many of them were excited to start their own business.

Describe your favorite volunteer activity (either one time or ongoing): At the end of last year one of our team member’s house burned to the ground, and our entire company rallied together to help clean up the pieces. It was amazing to see how everyone came together for a common purpose, and made a HUGE difference in the life of someone we work with every day.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?:  Entrepreneurs and philanthropists are changing the world, so I think OtterCares mission and purpose of inspiring the next generation of these world-changers is critical to our community and region. If the next generation isn’t exposed to the ideas of entrepreneurship and philanthropy I believe we will miss out on a tremendous amount of creativity that they possess.



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!