Op4G's Volunteer of the Month: Margaret Marek Rohter!

chicagoOur most recent sweepstakes winner is…. Margaret Marek Rohter! Margaret supports Big Brothers Big Sisters Metro Chicago, making them our “Non-Profit of the Month”!

Margaret joined Op4G three years ago as one of our organization’s earliest members. At the time, she was involved with another Op4G partner, One Brick, and noticed the Op4G logo on their website. Margaret likes the Op4G model as it is “easy to do” and allows you to take surveys “at your own convenience”. It is “not time consuming” and “fits into [her] schedule”.

Margaret selected BBBS Metro Chicago as her Op4G non-profit because she knew people in the organization and greatly respected their work in the community. In particular, she admired the mentors, as they “help a lot of young people that need an interest or role model”, steering them “in a different direction than [where] their surroundings may lead them”.

Margaret plans to continue taking Op4G surveys for BBBS Chicago, noting that “every little bit can help”. She is also confident that she will qualify for more surveys going forward, thanks to the recent demographic update.

Thank you, Margaret, and congratulations from Op4G!

 

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Our $500 Sweepstakes Winner: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Chicago!

bbbsBig Brothers Big Sisters (BBBS) has done it again! For the second month in a row, the non-profit is one of our sweepstakes winners!

This time, the Chicago chapter has won $500. BBBS of Metropolitan Chicago is the city’s largest donor and volunteer supported mentoring network. It matches adult volunteers (“Bigs”) with youth (“Littles”) for one-on-one mentoring. Sessions generally occur 2-4 times a month either on-site or in the local community. Over time, these sessions increase the odds that “Littles” will succeed in school, avoid violence and illegal activities, and build stronger relationships with their parents and peers.

BBBS Chicago is one of 14 Big Brother Big Sister chapters partnered with Op4G. Combined, these chapters have 2,521 Op4G members who have donated over $30,957! If you are interested in “helping every child reach their potential”, consider supporting BBBS through Op4G today!

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Op4G Volunteer of the Month: Roxanne Splett-Young!

schoolOp4G would like to recognize Roxanne Splett-Young, a sweepstakes winner! Thanks to Roxanne, the Northgate PTA received all funds donated to the “non-profit of the month” in April.

The Northgate PTA is the Parent Teacher Association for the Northgate Elementary School in Seattle, Washington. Roxanne selected Northgate PTA as her non-profit of choice as it was a “great and easy way” to support her daughter’s school. This support, she felt, was especially important given recent funding cuts and the school’s high percentage of ESL students and free/reduced lunches.

Roxanne first learned about Op4G from a fellow member of the PTA. She joined the Op4G panel shortly thereafter, in late 2010. Since then, Roxanne has earned approximately $100 for the Northgate PTA and has encouraged the entire association to join. In her view, “Programs like Op4G are great because there is no cost for families and yet there can be a return… It is easy and you can decide how time consuming it will be”.

In addition to donating through Op4G, Roxanne volunteers for the Northgate Reads program. She also supports the PTA of her children’s current school. Congratulations again to Roxanne Splett-Young!

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Op4G's Volunteer of the Month: JP Borderleau!

hockeyOp4G’s Volunteer of the Month is JP Borderleau! Since 1999, JP has volunteered as a coach for the Chicago Tomahawks – a youth special needs hockey program and member of the American Special Hockey Association.

The program offers weekly hockey practices and games to 70 special needs players in the Chicago area. Furthermore, once a year, the program sends players to a national hockey festival for individuals of all physical and mental abilities.

JP’s motivation to coach grew from his love of hockey and his desire to help his community, particularly the youth population. In his words, “The most rewarding benefits for youth’s participation in sports is the increased confidence they gain out of the rink or gym”.

JP’s passion for sports, fitness, and helping others also extends beyond his coaching. In his day-to-day life, he is the joint owner of Precision Multisport in Evanston, Illinois. The company offers everything from personal training to group workouts, helping adults reach their personal health goals.

If you’d like to recognize an Op4G member and volunteer from your community, please contact support@op4g.com.

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Op4G $500 Winner: Pacific Science Center!

scienceThe Pacific Science Center is Op4G’s $500 Sweepstakes Winner for April! Based in Seattle, the Op4G partner strives to “bring science to life” and “inspire creativity to fuel tomorrow’s innovations”. Their award-winning, interactive exhibits reach more than 1.3 million people across Washington each year — in their communities, classrooms and on the Pacific Science Center campus – and allow them to wander among tropical butterflies, touch live marine animals, explore distant galaxies, and experience a giant-screen IMAX film. The Pacific Science Center is a private not-for-profit.

To offer your support, please click here or complete Op4G surveys for the Center today!

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Op4G's $100 Twitter Winner: Susan Sliney!

3333Op4G congratulates member Susan Sliney, our $100 twitter winner!

In honor of Op4G’s philanthropic mission, Susan has generously offered to donate a portion of her winnings to Op4G partner Beverly Bootstraps. Based in Massachusetts, Beverly Bootstraps works to provide critical resources to families and individuals so that they may achieve self-sufficiency. Through its food pantry and thrift shops, it offers such resources as food assistance, clothing, and household items.

Susan choose Beverly Bootstraps because it helps the families most in need that are having a hard time with trying to survive in today’s economy. As a mother of five who faced some struggles in the past, she knows the importance of having local social service agencies where people can turn to in a time of need. She only wishes that every community had such an organization!

Susan registered with Op4G only a few weeks ago, stating that she loved the fact that through taking surveys, I can help someone else. As she has a strong passion for helping others, she plans to continue taking surveys to raise as much money as possible for Beverly Bootstraps.

For your chance to win in our upcoming contests, please follow us on Twitter and like us on Facebook today!

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Op4G's Non-Profit of the Month: Northgate Elementary PTA!

10The Northgate Elementary Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) is Op4G’s Non-Profit of the Month! Located in Seattle, Washington, the Northgate Elementary School is a K-6 school with over 300 students. It prides itself on offering the Powerful Readers program, 1 on 1 tutoring, a Spanish literacy program, and on-site math coaches. Still, the school is always looking to further ways to improve student achievement! To help, please complete Op4G surveys on behalf of the Northgate PTA.

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Op4G's $500 Sweepstakes Winner: Newmarket Community Education Partnership!

8Op4G congratulates our $500 sweepstakes winner for April, the Newmarket Community Education Partnership (NCEP)! The NCEP was conceived in 2004 by a group of women concerned about education in Newmarket, NH. The women wanted to start a non-profit that would enhance social and recreational opportunities for the children and youth in Newmarket, especially those “on the fringes”.

With $10,000 in start-up funding, the NCEP was born. Since then, the non-profit has awarded over $60,000 in grants and scholarships to Newmarket schools and the recreation center.

These grants have funded a wide range of activities. They have funded learning equipment for children with and without disabilities, upgrading the technology of Newmarket schools. They have covered three room renovations in the JR/SR High School, including the Teachers Room, the ESL Room and the Special Education Room. Furthermore, a generous grant from the Love Foundation has allowed over 60 low-income children to attend summer camp and enjoy a “summer filled with friends, adventures, field trips and the outdoors”.

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Op4G's Member of the Month: June Mohn!

Op4G congratulates June Mohn, our Member of the Month for February 2013! June’s name was randomly selected during our monthly sweepstakes, earning $500 for her choice non-profit: Junior Achievement of Dallas!

June became an Op4G panelist approximately 3 years ago at the encouragement of Junior Achievement of Dallas, an Op4G partner. She was pleased to support JA of Dallas, as the non-profit greatly helped her son during high school. She also admired its work providing business education to students across the United States.

Since joining, June has completed 2-3 Op4G surveys per month for Junior Achievement of Dallas. In her experience, Op4G “handles everything efficiently” and “doesn’t waster her time”. Furthermore, Op4G surveys ask “good questions” and allow her to reflect on her purchasing habits and activities.

Again, congratulations to Op4G member, June Mohn! We appreciate your membership and support of our non-profit partner!

Op4G's $500 Sweepstakes Winner: Junior Achievement of Dallas!

Op4G is proud to announce that our $500 monthly sweepstakes winner for February is Junior Achievement (JA) of Dallas!

JA of Dallas aims to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. More specifically, the non-profit provides students with the knowledge and skills needed to make smart academic and economic choices. This is achieved through lessons in financial literacy, workforce readiness, and entrepreneurship.

The JA curriculum is delivered by thousands of corporate and community volunteers, who also serve as role models for the students. In the 2012-13 program year, approximately 3,450 JA Dallas volunteers will inspire more than 42,000 students to make a commitment to their future.

To support JA of Dallas, please complete Op4G surveys on their behalf! Sign up today at Op4G!