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Volunteer opportunities in the Denver Metro Area

If you are looking for a way to give back to the local community, volunteer opportunities are a great place to start. In the Denver metro area, there are lots of fantastic organizations that are looking for passionate volunteers to help them with their operations. Take a look at some of the top choices below, and consider reaching out to these organizations to see if they need help!

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army is one of the largest charitable organizations in the country. They rely on their volunteers to help them keep their prices low, which helps them assist people in the area who are underserved and looking for assistance. The Salvation Army can help people find housing, get a job, and provide them with discounted clothing, appliances, and furniture. The Salvation Army in Denver, Colorado is actively looking for volunteers who can help them with their daily operations. Some volunteer operations include working the stores, raising money, and recruiting others to help with charitable efforts.

Soldiers’ Angels of Denver

Soldiers’ Angels is a charitable organization in Denver that provides comfort, resources, and aid to active-duty military soldiers, veterans, and their family members. It can be incredibly challenging for someone to civilian life after serving a tour overseas. Many soldiers have a difficult time finding the medical care they need, and some soldiers have a hard time getting a job. Soldiers’ Angels helps military soldiers by providing them with food, shelter, and resources they can use to adjust to life in a civilian setting. This is an organization that relies extensively on volunteers for donations, networking, and marketing.

Denver Public Schools

The Denver Public School system is also looking for a wide variety of volunteers. For example, the school system is looking for volunteers who can assist with club activities. There are opportunities for everything from Chess Club to Robotics. The school system is also looking for volunteers who can help in academic settings. This includes help with Spanish-speaking students, classroom assistance, and even mentoring. There are even volunteers needed in an administrative capacity, such as with grant writing. This is a great way to give back to the local community.

Civic Center Conservancy

The Civic Center Conservancy has been open for decades, and it relies on volunteers to help them take care of some of the most beautiful locations in the state. Colorado has a wide variety of natural attractions, including parks and botanical gardens, and volunteers with the Civic Center Conservancy are responsible for helping to maintain these beautiful areas in the state. Volunteers might be responsible for helping to work a wide variety of events that take place in natural locations throughout the year, or they could be responsible for cleaning up the park itself. Volunteers could also partner alongside board members to help with daily operations that raise resources to support the efforts of the Civic Center Conservancy.

Shift Workspaces: Consider Volunteering in the Denver Metro Area

These are just a few of the many volunteer opportunities that are available in the Denver metro area. It can be incredibly fulfilling to give back to the local community, so consider reaching out to a few of these organizations to see what types of opportunities they have available. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Shift today!

Faces of Shift with the Team from RealView Real Estate

(Featured Left to Right:  Jack Sanders and Alex Knight)

 

Our relationship with our members is of the utmost importance to us here at Shift. Each month, we ask one of our cherished members to tell us a little bit more about themselves and their company. This month, we sat down with the team at RealView Real Estate to learn more about the real estate industry, their team, and their company.

Tell us about the work you do at RealView Real Estate and introduce the team?

At RealView Real Estate, the majority of our time is spent brokering private client multifamily buildings. In addition, we also raise equity and prospect potential acquisitions for developers and investors in the apartment and industrial sectors. Jack and Alex teamed up in 2021 to start this new venture. Jack had previously worked in different real estate roles while Alex’s background was in equity research and trading. On the brokerage side Jack focuses on Denver County properties while Alex focuses on Adams, Arapahoe, and Jefferson Counties.

What is your favorite part about working in real estate?

In Jack’s opinion, the best part about real estate is working with all the different types of colorful characters. And Alex loves the work/life balance relative to finance and not being chained to a desk all day.

What has been the number one key to your company’s success throughout the past year?

Jack worked a few months alone prior to Alex joining the partnership. He feels very fortunate to be able to work with and spend the majority of his time with one of his best friends. In Jack’s own words, “Don’t tell him I said this, but when it comes to business he is also very smart, determined, and loyal. In my opinion the biggest reason why our partnership works is that our different personalities connect with different types of clients.” Alex goes on to say, “Jack’s experience and knowledge of the market were crucial in the early stages as I was transitioning to a completely different industry. A big thing for us is to celebrate the small wins but not lose sight of our long term goals.”

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company here in Denver?

We toured multiple coworking spaces prior to deciding on Shift Corona. The biggest draw for us was the great location, flexible agreements for growing companies, and the fantastic staff that always goes above and beyond. Also, the melting pot of different companies and people that make this place so special. 

What do you enjoy doing with your time when you are not working?

Jack enjoys spending time with friends and family, usually skiing, listening to live music, and watching CU Boulder and Northern California sports teams. Alex enjoys golfing as much as he can, hanging out with friends, and the occasional modeling gig. 

How To Be More Productive at Work: Summer Wellness Tips  

When we are in the heart of the warm summer weather, there are a lot of people who have a difficult time being productive at work. You might be more focused on what is going on outdoors instead of on what is happening in your workplace. Fortunately, there are a few wellness tips you can follow if you would like to be more productive at work. What are a few of the most important tips you should keep in mind?

1. Get Plenty of Sleep

First, you need to get plenty of sleep at night if you want to be more productive at work. One of the reasons why people have a hard time with productivity is that they are up late the night before. Then, they carry a significant sleep debt when they go to work in the morning, which can make it hard for them to stay focused on what they have to do during the day. Try to keep yourself on a regular sleep schedule during the summer to give your brain a chance to recharge.

2. Limit the Distractions

You should also limit the distractions at work during the summer. For example, you might be distracted by a party going on outside. Or, you might be focused on the pictures your friend has recently posted from his or her vacation. You need to take steps to limit distractions while you are at work. You may want to block personal apps or websites on your phone and computer. You might also want to close the blinds if there is something interesting happening outside. That way, you can stay focused on the work you need to do.

3. Take Breaks From Time To Time

You shouldn’t necessarily deprive yourself of all fun, but you do need to demarcate the difference between work and play. If it is nice outside, there is nothing wrong with taking a break to go for a walk. Or, you may want to invite a co-worker to go out to lunch. If you take breaks during the day, you won’t feel like you are missing out on anything, and you will have an easier time focusing on your work when you come back.

4. Place Yourself in a Productive Work Environment

Today, there are a lot of people who work remotely. This means that you might be tempted to work from your bed, your kitchen, or outside in your backyard. Unfortunately, there could be a lot of distractions, which might make it hard for you to be productive. Therefore, you need to place yourself in a productive work environment this summer. If you surround yourself with other people who are working hard, you should be more likely to work hard as well. That is where we can help you.

Be Productive This Summer With Us at Shift!

We situate members within concentric ecosystems of communities, helping them find balance in work and life, self and community. Request a Day Pass and let us support you as we all strive for better during these summer months.

The Top 5 Things To Remember When Setting Up Virtual Workspaces for Your Team  

If you are setting up a virtual workspace for your team, you must make sure that you put your employees in the best position possible to be successful. There are a lot of companies that have realized the benefits of allowing their employees to work remotely. Their employees are happier, they tend to be more productive, and they widen the talent pool. If you want your employees to maximize their productivity, take a look at the top things you need to know about setting up a virtual workspace.

1. Virtual Workspace Does Not Always Mean Work From Home

First, there are a lot of people who assume that virtual workspaces mean that employees are working from home. That is not always the case. There are lots of reasons why employees who are not in the office may not work from home. There may be a lot of distractions at home, they might not have an office from which to work, and they might be worried about being too loud themselves. Therefore, a lot of people who work remotely will find a dedicated coworking space to do their jobs.

2. Prioritize Asynchronous Communication

Virtual workspaces need to prioritize asynchronous communication. What this means is that people have different schedules, so employees cannot simply walk down the hall to the office to ask a question. It can be much harder to coordinate meetings and phone calls, which is why employers need to invest in the right tools to make it easier for employees to streamline their communications, share documents with one another, and keep different conversations about various topics separate.

3. Create Room for Virtual Collaboration

When asynchronous communication, such as emails and text messages, doesn’t work well anymore, make sure there is a dedicated space for virtual collaboration. Video conferencing calls can be helpful because it makes it easier for employees to read emotions, body language, and tone of voice. All employees must have access to comprehensive virtual collaboration tools, which means investing in quality internet connections, microphones, and computer cameras.

4. Strive for Transparency

Companies need to think about ways to strive for transparency. Sometimes, when people aren’t in the office, they have a difficult time figuring out how their job fits in with the rest of the team. Or, they may have a difficult time getting questions answered because they don’t know who to go to for help. Companies need to be open, honest, and transparent about how employees and projects are being evaluated. Employers also need to make sure that all employees know who to contact when they need help with something.

5. Ask Employees To Set Boundaries

It can be difficult when someone is working remotely because employers may never truly know if that person is working or not. Therefore, it is critical for employees to set boundaries. When employees are at work, they need to let their colleagues know that they are working. Then, when employees go home for the evening, they need to have a reliable way to let their colleagues know that they are done for the day. When employees set boundaries, it is easier to maintain employee morale and productivity. Happier employees are more productive.

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Faces of Shift with the Team from Belay Development

(Featured Left to Right:  Brock Fleming, Marshall Hamilton, Basel Fleischli, and Matt Kretzmann)

 

Here at Shift Workspaces; we are fortunate to work with so many interesting companies. This month, we sat down with the team at Belay Development to learn more about the rapidly growing industry of real estate development, their team, and their company.

What inspired you to start your own company, and what do you do?

Having worked on both the owner’s side and contractor’s side of the table in development over the past two decades, our team has had the unique opportunity to engage with and develop relationships with the full spectrum of stakeholders involved in bringing a new asset to market. Furthermore, Colorado has several metropolitan centers that consistently rank among the top destinations for both companies and individuals—driving strong demand for new development.

What about your business and/or industry motivates you?

We’re motivated by helping our clients navigate the challenging landscape of bringing new real estate assets to market.

What is something about Belay Development that most people do not know?

Belay Development officially launched in April of 2021. As of the today, we are working on (or have completed) projects with a collective cost of development eclipsing $400 million dollars!

What are your long-term goals for Belay Development?

Long term, we aspire to establish Belay Development as a premier developer across Colorado, further develop our network of stakeholder partners, shape enriching communities for the public, all while continuing to create value for our clients.

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry you are in?

This industry is much too large and too complex for any single person to have all (or even most) of the answers. Surround yourself with good people and rely on them to be the expert in their field. 

How has coming to Shift Workspaces Bannock contributed to your growth and success?

Prior to Shift, Belay was operating entirely remote from our respective homes. Coming to Shift has enabled us to offer a home-base for our employees, and most importantly have a space to work collaboratively as a team. Coming out of a pandemic, it turns out that it’s incredibly difficult to design/manage construction of a building exclusively over Zoom meetings.

Tell us about the benefits you find coming into your office at Shift.

… ready-made coffee, the flavored water, curated snacks, what’s not to like?!

In all seriousness, Shift does an excellent job of creating a community amongst its members. We have two projects with an architect who is also a member in the building, who was actually the person that referred us to Shift. The management team does an excellent job of organizing social hours and events for members to meet one another/exchange ideas.

How to Foster Meaningful Connections in Your Work Community 

If you are in a remote working environment, you might be wondering how you can develop meaningful connections with your team members. You may have never met your team members face-to-face, but you probably interact with them every day. How well do you really know them? If you are looking for a way to foster meaningful connections even while working remotely, there are a few important tips you should follow. Read more

Faces of Shift with the Team from Nerd Street Gamers

(Featured Left to Right:  Joel Velarde, Sarah Williams, Derek McAdams, Brian Barr)

 

Here at Shift Workspaces; we are fortunate to work with so many interesting companies.  This month, we sat down with the team at Nerd Street Gamers to learn more about the rapidly growing industry of esports,  their team, and their company.

What inspired you to work at Nerd Street Gamers and what do you do?

Nerd Street’s mission is to lower the barrier of entry into esports. At our Localhost centers across the nation, we offer high-end gaming equipment, the best internet, and a safe place for players of all skill levels to compete or play, at affordable rates. We also host top-quality amateur online and in-person tournaments creating a pathway for players striving to go professional. 

What about your job do you enjoy the most?

Being a part of building local gaming communities and bringing people together.  Such as facilitating our Summer Camp programs and seeing the friendships students make with others.

How does your job/line of work motivate you?

Creating memorable experiences for our guests. Most players have never competed in person, and the energy is wild! Seeing teams meet in person for the first time after years of playing online together also always hits us right in the feels.

What is something about Nerd Street Gamers that most people do not know?

Our company is named after the street of our original center in Philadelphia at 908 N 3rd St! The original spelling was N3rd Street Gamers. 

What is your biggest piece of advice for those starting out in the industry you are in?

The esports industry is still young and very much still the wild west! Be ready to get creative!

How has coming to Shift Workspaces Littleton contributed to your growth and success?

It allows us to feel professional again since working from home! 

Tell us about the benefits you find coming into your office at Shift

It’s a perfect size. Not only can our satellite team work in the same room, but the phone booths are so convenient for private calls. We’re also very motivated by food – the daily snacks are always a surprise and delicious!

How Your Business Can Benefit Your Community

Being connected to your local community landscape is essential to continued success when you own a business. The benefits work both ways and staying in touch with other local area businesses and organizations will keep your brand exposed and lead more consumers to your door.

Five Ways Your Company Can Support Your Local Community

There are countless ways to get involved. Below are some examples of how your business can reap big rewards by contributing to the community.

1.      Network with Other Businesses

Forging partnerships or simply meeting to share anecdotes and information with other local business owners keeps you and your business at the forefront of people’s minds. Consider joining the local Chamber of Commerce. Networking opportunities will increase as you get involved in gatherings where professionals from various companies gather to enjoy a meal while swapping cards and discussing current local issues.

2.      Become a Board Member

There are always not-for-profit and community organizations that require board members. Finding and joining one that fits your business profile is another great way to contribute your expertise, expand your connections, and build up your local image.

3.      Sponsorships

A great way to increase your exposure in your community is through sponsorship. Perhaps you would enjoy becoming a sponsor of a local sports team or a particular up-and-coming athlete.

There are usually different sponsorship levels and may include supplying equipment to cover transportation costs or media coverage. Whichever route you choose, the teams are always grateful.

Another type of sponsorship is to become involved with special events or fundraising initiatives, for example, a hospital addition or vital equipment purchase. In this way, you are helping a completely different aspect of your community. You are not limited to any one event. Many companies will have an annual budget set aside for these occasions. Depending on sponsorship packages available, your business will receive exposure through event advertising, tickets, media campaigns, and beyond.

4.      Host Workshops or Special Events

Getting a community together to celebrate a special event or have fun can introduce your business to a completely untapped market. Throw a summer barbecue with entertainment or host a street dance. There are numerous ideas to brainstorm. Try to connect an event with something the community needs and demonstrate how your business can participate.

Workshops can also introduce people to your product and be a valuable resource for sharing information and expertise.

5.      Volunteer Your Time

Find ways to volunteer some of your time to help at a local event, charity, or service organization. Let people see you as the face of your business and be approachable. Not only will you be offering your knowledge, but you’ll also be showing your desire and willingness to support where you work and live.

There are so many ways in which you, as a business owner, can benefit your local community. At the same time, your company will reap the rewards of brand exposure, new and potential customers, and a broader networking base.

Shift Workspaces provides your business with exceptional administrative and technical services at your fingertips to aid you in reaching out to other like-minded and dynamic professionals. 

Shift Workspaces believes in community, and their office spaces are themselves a community of entrepreneurs and small business owners working to build up their businesses, just like you.

Faces of Shift with Hailey Hart Law

Our relationship with our members is of the utmost importance to us here at Shift. Each month, we ask one of our cherished members to tell us a little bit more about themselves and their company. This month, we had the pleasure of speaking with our members for Hailey Hart Law. Continue reading to learn more about what drives them to help others:

Tell us about the work you do at Hailey Hart Law.

We’re an award-winning women-owned law firm for plaintiffs.  We handle cases involving serious personal injury and significant insurance disputes.  We represent clients injured in automobile, trucking, bicycle, construction site, and workplace accidents.  In addition, we help policyholders collect benefits owed under homeowners, commercial property, disability, auto, and health insurance policies. 

What about this business/industry motivates you?

We’re motivated by helping regular people have equal access to the justice system for civil wrongdoings.

What are your company’s core values? How do they inform how your company serves clients?

Our core values are wellness, efficiency, and excellence. As a women-owned and operated business, our goal is to deliver excellent results consistently to our clients. We must deliver the best version of ourselves in all that we do.

What has been the number one key to your company’s success throughout the past year?

There probably isn’t one key to success. We feel that our devotion to clients, collaborative approach, and experience has all contributed to our law firm’s success over this past year. 

What drew you to Shift to be the home base for your company here in Denver?

We loved the idea of working in an open and collaborative environment. The shared spaces and amenities are managed through Shift, which frees up time for us to do what we love – practicing law and helping our clients. Also, the snacks are always delicious!

What do you and the team enjoy doing when you are away from the office?

Liz enjoys spending time in the mountains with her children, dog, and husband. She also loves trying new restaurants, snowboarding, and hiking in the backcountry.

Melissa is an animal-lover who likes to spend most of her free time outdoors in the sunshine.  She and her husband enjoy good food and wine, hiking, and camping.  She walks her pack of three dogs daily and enjoys running, yoga, and kickboxing.

When Randy is away from the office, he can typically be found traveling internationally and fly fishing. He and his wife enjoy spending time with their dog, Charlie, grandchildren, and attending the Bravo! Vail Symphony Festival.

Healthy Eating Boosts Your Productivity!

Feeling sluggish by mid-afternoon? If you find yourself relying on lots of coffee during the day to keep you going, you aren’t alone. In fact, like most people who work on the fly or self-chained to our desks, eating can easily take a back seat. A healthy breakfast and lunch make a big impact on how our bodies and especially brains function and respond. 

Think of your body as a high-performance engine. Engines need fuel to function, and when you supply the engine with top-tier fuel, you’ll receive better overall performance. When your body needs fuel, the healthier the food choice, the more reliable energy you’ll feel. Like a car that converts gas into movement, your body converts food to energy that feeds your muscles, organs, and especially your brain.

The Brain Connection

Experts have proven that food directly connects to cognitive function and performance. Poor food choices are known to bring on the classic mid-afternoon crash. The crash can happen earlier for those who rush out the door in the morning without something healthy and sustaining to eat. 

While we’ve all heard that taking regular breaks, stretching muscles, and getting enough sleep contribute to better health and sustained energy, healthy eating is a huge part of the picture. Our bodies require a daily dose of proteins, minerals, fiber, healthy carbohydrates, and vitamins to stay in optimum condition, feeding our brains and keeping us more alert, energetic, imaginative, and able to solve more complex problems.

How Food Works

Our body converts almost everything we eat into glucose, which our brain needs to sustain energy. Not replenishing glucose leads to feeling unfocused with a compromised attention span. That’s why it’s harder to concentrate on an empty stomach. 

Certain foods release their glucose more quickly, like bread, pasta, and cereal, which leads to the classic burst and slump. High-fat meals like hamburgers may contain protein but cause our digestive systems to work harder, reducing oxygen levels in the brain and leading to fatigue.

Tips For Eating Healthier

Balancing ore meals by mixing fresh, unprocessed foods into your daily diet can help combat the side effects of fast food, such as trading carbohydrates for more protein-rich foods. Here are some tips to keep you eating a healthier diet while working:

1.Keep a stash of natural and unprocessed snacks handy, in your desk or bag, such as nuts, granola, and especially fruits and vegetables. Studies indicate that people who consume more fruits and vegetables are happier, more creative, and engaged, as they help the body to produce dopamine and antioxidants. 

2. Decide what you are eating before you get hungry so that you don’t make flash decisions that lead to convenient but unhealthy choices.

3. Cut down on caffeine intake and drink more water to avoid dehydration, headaches, irritability, and insomnia. 

4. Take advantage of the kitchen and lounge facilities available at your workplace, such as Shift Workspaces, to store your food and take a break.

The bottom line is, don’t ignore your body when it tells you it’s hungry. Appease hunger with healthier food choices that will feed your brain and lead to better work performance and productivity.