FORT COLLINS, Colo., Jan. 17, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- On Thursday, Feb. 9, Otter Products is closing doors to open hearts. In partnership with the OtterCares Foundation, the company is pausing operations for a day so all employees can volunteer with organizations that inspire kids to change the world. Otter Products will be closed2open.
"The Otter Products' corporate mission is 'we grow to give,'" said Otter Products Founder and Chief Visionary Officer Curt Richardson. "We believe that to whom much is given, much is expected. We are fortunate to have experienced success in our business, so giving back to our community is the right thing to do."
Giving back has been at the core of Otter Products since it was founded in 1998. Company co-founder Nancy Richardson formed the OtterCares Foundation in 2010 to formalize the charitable activities. OtterCares champions innovative education, grants and programs that teach philanthropy and entrepreneurship to kids – the ultimate investment in the future.
"Because of the DNA of Otter, Curt and I chose to focus the company's corporate giving on inspiring young entrepreneurs and philanthropists," said OtterCares Foundation founder Nancy Richardson. "If we can teach kids to be entrepreneurial and philanthropic at a young age, it will become part of the fabric of who they are. It is then that we can truly create a movement that changes the world."
OtterCares also acts as a conduit for employee volunteering. Since 2010, all Otter Products employees have received 24 hours of volunteer time off per year to make a difference for local non-profits. The company had an 86 percent participation rate in its volunteer program in 2016, compared to a national average rate of 56 percent for businesses with corporate giving programs.1 This year, the company is adding its closed2open volunteer day in order to increase its volunteer impact and raise awareness for the importance of giving back.
Follow along on social media with #closed2open. Otter Products invites other companies and individuals to join in on Feb. 9 and beyond to close their doors and open their hearts. Care to join in?
For more information and to pledge volunteer hours, visit otterbox.com/closed2open.
OtterBox boldly innovates and designs premium protective cases for smartphones and tablets. From its humble beginnings in a Fort Collins, Colo., garage, OtterBox has evolved its product lines to meet the needs of today's mobile consumer to become the No. 1 selling smartphone case in the U.S.2 From rugged to versatile to fashionable, OtterBox has a product for every lifestyle.
At the center of every OtterBox innovation is a deeper goal to effect positive, lasting change. In partnership with the OtterCares Foundation, OtterBox grows to give back by inspiring kids to change the world through entrepreneurship and philanthropy. To learn more about this mission, visit otterbox.com/givingback.
For more information, visit otterbox.com.
Established in 2010 by Nancy Richardson as the charitable arm of Otter Products, the OtterCares Foundation believes one young and inspired mind can change the world! We champion innovative education that inspires youth to become entrepreneurs and philanthropists who create lasting and impactful change in their communities. For more information, visit our website: www.OtterCares.org.
2 Source: The NPD Group/Retail Tracking Service: Cell Phone Device Protection/Units Sold 1/2012 – 7/2016
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