Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County wouldn't be such a success without our awesome volunteers who help in the Clubs, at events and anything and everything else we can think of. To show appreciation to our volunteers, we introduce a new blog series: Volunteer of the Month. If you're a volunteer with BGCLC and would like to be featured, reach out to Megan, our volunteer coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org!
This month we meet Tricia Vincent, Employee Engagement Specialist, from the OtterCares Foundation. OtterCares employees volunteer at many of our events and often bring their Mobile Innovation Station to our Club Units. We sat down with Tricia to learn more about the OtterCares mission and their awesome foundation!
What inspired you to develop the OtterCares "Mobile Innovation Station" and what are your plans to develop/grow the idea?
The Mobile Innovation Station came out of the OtterCares Foundation’s focus on Innovative Education and teaching kids to be entrepreneurial. We discovered that hands-on learning tools like those in our Mobile Innovation Station help inspire kids to explore and invent new things, a key process in becoming an entrepreneur. As far as developing the idea, we hope to add more educational tools to the station as we learn about them, and make the program available to more students throughout Northern Colorado.
Both of our organizations are committed to creating brighter futures for kids. Can you talk about the origins of OtterCares's mission to empower youth through entrepreneurship and philanthropy education? What are some key ways in which OtterCares pursues this mission? How do you envision championing that mission through a partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County?
When OtterCares Foundation was created, our owners and founders wanted to focus on something that would create lasting change in the world, and believed that education is one of the best ways to do that. Knowing that education is a BIG topic, they decided to focus specifically on teaching about entrepreneurship and philanthropy because those pillars were true to who they were as individuals and also true to the culture of the Otter Products company. We also felt like there were not a lot of other organizations focused on teaching these concepts to kids, so we knew there was a big opportunity to make a difference in that area.
We have had the pleasure of working with dozens, if not hundreds, of amazing Otter Products employees through our partnership with OtterCares. What makes Otters so impressive?
Because they are.... 🙂 I think Otters are so impressive because they are both passionate and hard working! They absolutely love to have fun and are completely dedicated to any task they undertake.
What is your favorite part of working for the OtterCares foundation?
Being in a position that allows me to inspire kids and teach them that they have the ability to make a huge positive difference in the world!
Who is your favorite superhero and why?
I’m not much of a traditional superhero person so I think I’d have to say my favorite superheroes are teachers. They do the hard work every single day of helping shape students into the amazing, intelligent people who are going to do amazing things.