OnPoint Employee Volunteer Spotlight: Q&A with Amanda Theod

Department: Facilities

Position: Purchasing Specialist

Years at OnPoint: 10

In celebration of National Volunteer Week, we shine our spotlight on our very own Amanda Theod! Amanda has been an integral part in coordinating the annual United Way Campaign and past group volunteer events at OnPoint. Amanda recognizes the value in giving; giving of your time, your voice or resources to a cause or organization that is important to you. Through her work with United Way, Amanda was awarded the 2011 Campaign Coordinator of the Year. She was also a central part of the campaign when OnPoint received the Campaign’s Chair Award in 2014.

What volunteer organizations are you a part of?

I was a foster home for three years for local dog rescue organization Born Again Pit Bull Rescue, and ended up permanently adopting one of these dogs, Frankie. I give blood (as often as they will have me) to the American Red Cross. I have visited and volunteered at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah (largest domestic animal sanctuary in the US) twice. I have volunteered at Oregon Food Bank, Children’s Book Bank, The Friendly House, Goose Hollow Family Shelter, Oregon Humane Society, Open Meadows and Bradley Angel via OnPoint’s coordinated group volunteer events in the past. I also work with our local United Way chapter to coordinate OnPoint’s annual employee giving campaign and coordinated OnPoint’s Doggie Dash team to benefit the Oregon Humane Society the last couple of years.

Please describe some of these organizations and their cause:

American Red Cross –Donating blood saves lives and is really not that bad! Donated blood is used for emergencies, as we all know, but most people don’t realize that each blood donation is separated into three parts and each parts serves a different purpose and can help a different person. Many recipients of donations are cancer patients – the platelets in your blood donation are critical for them.

Best Friends Animal Sanctuary (Kanab, Utah) – This sanctuary is the largest domestic animal sanctuary in the United States, home to nearly 1700 homeless, dogs, cats, rabbits, exotic birds, horses, pot belly pigs, and goats. Best Friends Animal Society works to save the lives of homeless animals through several adoption centers and adoption events nationwide, spay/neuter programs, shelter outreach, educational programs.

I also am proud to be a part of the annual employee giving campaign OnPoint hosts each year to encourage staff to give their financial resources, time or voice to support the efforts of their local United Way chapter or favorite 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. We try to organize a fun campaign each year to engage staff and get folks excited about giving.

What is your role in these organizations?

At Best Friends Sanctuary – My husband and I volunteer for typically a week at a time as our “vacation” for the year, since it is in Utah. We spend time with the animals that live at the sanctuary helping with their general care, feeding, property maintenance, taking them on walks and socialization opportunities.

With United Way, I plan, coordinate and execute OnPoint’s annual giving campaign and all the fundraisers and activities that go along with it.

For the American Red Cross, I just show up and donate my blood. It is easy to do and I get a free snack at the end!

Why did you choose these particular organizations?

I choose to get involved with animal welfare organizations because that is truly what I am passionate about – it’s where my heart is.  I am hoping to start volunteering with a local farm animal sanctuary in Silverton, Oregon this spring to help out with property maintenance and animal care.

I continue to stay involved with OnPoint’s work with the United Way because I believe in the mission and work of the local United Way chapter in the Portland Metro area and their focus of breaking the cycle of childhood poverty in our communities. It is a huge undertaking but I respect them for facing it head on.

Why do you volunteer?

I think there is value in stepping outside of ourselves and doing something that will benefit others. I believe volunteering makes us more grateful, well-rounded individuals.

Author: Sarah Sims, Marketing Specialist | Marketing Services

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