OtterCares Ambassador Spotlight: Meet Candi!

October 18, 2016

res_1458905436392Name:  Candi

Department:  Fulfillment

Why did you become an OtterCares Ambassador?:  I became an OtterCares Ambassador because I love the idea of giving back.

Who or what has influenced your volunteer work (why do you volunteer?): Volunteering is something I grew up doing and never looked at it as an obligation or a duty. Every child is my influence.  I volunteer just about every day and if somewhere along the line I can touch just one child’s life and make a difference in their future then every volunteered hour has been worth it.

Describe a volunteer activity you have been involved in that relates to the OtterCares purpose statement. I have set up a volunteer opportunity at Thunder Valley K8 with a teacher who receives two Otter Products volunteers every day from October-May for two hours.  Our Otters work in a 1 on 4 basis with the kids in this classroom and the impact has been tremendous. We will start in another elementary this school year going one day a week in two different classrooms.

Describe your favorite volunteer activity (either one time or ongoing): My favorite volunteer time has to be out at Frederick High School in Frederick, Colorado. I volunteer with the Frederick High School Softball program. I am there for a minimum of three hours Monday-Friday working with young ladies on the field. Not only am I coaching but I have set up a study hall for them and some girls needing the extra in the classroom will attend study hall two days a week after practice. I have a set of four teachers who commit to being in the library on those two days to assist with any child needing the extra help.

Why do you think the OtterCares purpose is important?:  OtterCares will change not only one child’s life but hundreds of children’s lives. I have seen firsthand the impact and minds turning at Thunder Valley and look forward to reaching our new elementary in the same way. The children are fully engaged in the classroom and while rotating through the centers. Because Otter volunteers are in the classroom, the children definitely get the benefit of the one-on-one with their teacher.