Love Where You Live: 5 Local Charities to Give to this Winter

Arrow has seen its community blossom into one of the most giving communities in Colorado, offering many charities and foundations to donate to during the holidays. Here are five charities that encourage the entrepreneurial spirit of the holiday bustle.

Boulder Charities

1.   Boulder Bridge House

The Boulder Bridge House creates opportunity for Colorado’s homeless and working poor by offering housing support, hygiene, and job placement services. Their Ready-to-Work program teaches homeless adults job skills while providing them a chance to earn and save some money to ease their eventual societal transition.

2.   Paradox Sports

Paradox changes how someone who’s disabled views their disability by giving them an inspirational opportunity to overcome any fears of their body. In 2015 they helped over 450 people suffering from various (dis)abilities such as spinal cord contusions, amputation/limb difference, PTSD, and more.

3.   Anthony H. Kruse Foundation

This foundation is the largest private, non-operating foundation in Boulder, and the 10th largest in the state. They focus on developing opportunities for youth including education, health, and wellness.

4.   Boulder Ballet

Devoted artists and entrepreneurs share the same spirit. Typically, the holiday season is a busy time for ballet troupes. They’re performing The Nutcracker from Thanksgiving through the New Year; routinely pulling multiple shows per day.

5.   Community Foundation: Boulder County

For 25 years, the Community Foundation has been growing a culture of philanthropy and making a difference in Boulder County. Through informed decision-making, they inspire ideas, ignite action and mobilize diverse resources to improve the quality of life for everyone in Boulder County.

As easy as it is to become entrenched in the holiday shopping bustle, it’s just as easy to budget in some charitable spending.

5 Ways to Celebrate Your Employees this Holiday Season

The holiday season is the perfect opportunity to let employees know how much you appreciate them. This can be done through gifts, certificates, parties, etc. Here are some ideas that are sure to tell your employees that you value them.

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Ugly Sweater Contest

Giving your employees a day to wear the most god-awful, gaudy sweater they could find lets them express their personality in a way that’s season-appropriate. They can pose for group pictures so that you all can laugh at how terrible everyone looks, together.

Employee-Centric Holiday Card

Featuring your employees on the company holiday card is a great way for your customers and clients to get to meet the people behind the scenes. This gives your employees the satisfaction of seeing that they, too, are a part of the business, not just cogs in the machine.

Holiday Luncheon

Give everyone an hour or two during a certain day to celebrate all that they’ve accomplished together during the past year. This is a wonderful teambuilding activity that allows your employees cross-function interaction that they may otherwise miss.

One Free Day to Call Out

The holiday season is a busy time for both businesses and employees alike. Giving your employees a free day to call out of work shows that you acknowledge there may be some familial obligations they need extra time to prepare for.

Be a Mentor

Sometimes, the greatest gift of all is knowledge. Giving your employees advice and mentorship during the holiday season shows that you care about what they bring to the business. Doing so enhances their chances of moving up into key roles later in their career, and gives you a chance to connect with your staff in new ways.

The holiday season is about making connections that will carry deep into the year ahead. Being able to connect with your employees is a great way to implement incentives and motivation in a staff without slashing your employee benefits budget.

Boulder Holiday Events

Untitled design (27)Boulder has one of the most beautiful winters with plenty of events to appreciate the scenery. Grab your sweetheart, family or friends and enjoy some of the great winter fun Boulder has to offer!

The annual office Christmas Party doesn’t have to be potluck every year! Why not hire a local restaurant to cater the party? Try putting a Cajun-spin on your holiday party with Lucille’s. There are a lot of delicious Boulder restaurants who cater to office events and would make the perfect addition to any Holiday Party. Don’t forget the paper plates and cutlery!

Get out of the office and take a cruise down a holiday-decorated Pearl Street in Downtown Boulder. Bundle up with your sweetheart or your family, grab a hot chocolate and take a stroll. There are so many exciting street performers, shops and restaurants on Pearl Street, you’re guaranteed a magical winter’s evening in Downtown Boulder.

Speaking of out-of-office activities, Eldora Mountain is only a 40 minute drive from Downtown Boulder and offers lots of fun for adults and kids! Learn to ski or snowboard with  a lesson, hit the slopes if you’re an expert on the mountain or hear some live music in the resort’s restaurant! A holiday break in the mountains doesn’t mean a far drive or an expensive vacation, for Boulderites it can mean a fun day-trip!

Are you looking to stay a little closer to home during this holiday season? Grab a cup of hot cocoa or a gingerbread latte and take a stroll through Central Park. The park will be illuminated with more than 200,000 LED lights. Lights will be on display from November 17th through January 3rd from 5 pm – 11 pm daily. In town, you can also find the Boulder Dinner Theater, which is a real hoot if you love musical theater or are looking for something new and fun to try in the city.

No matter what you choose to enjoy in the lovely city of Boulder, remember to have fun! And, enjoy your family and friends during this winter-wonderland time of year.

Holiday Cheer from Arrow Office Products and Interiors

Arrow Office Products & Interiors

During the holidays, our thoughts turn to those who have supported us and made our progress possible. This time of year reminds us what is important to us, and first and foremost that is you. We would not be here without the support and business from our wonderful customers, and we believe that gratitude goes a long way in keeping the holiday spirit alive year after year. Our success depends on your success, so here’s to another successful year!

Above all, we would like to humbly thank all of you for letting us provide you with all your office needs. We are grateful for each and every one of you, and we look forward to earning your business for years to come. From the Arrow family to yours, we wish you happiness and joy this holiday season and throughout the year to come.

Decorate Your Office for Halloween

Halloween is fast approaching and we want to help make your office spooky and festive! Check out these great ideas and products:

Pumpkin Decorations
The jack-o-lantern is an iconic Halloween decoration, but carving a pumpkin can be messy and time consuming. A fun alternative is to paint your pumpkin or use confetti or glitter to spice up your workspace. Click here for some great examples to help you decorate the perfect no-carve pumpkin.

Paper PumpkinsPaper Pumpkins
Add some orange or black construction paper to your next order to make some fun Halloween-inspired pumpkin cutouts. Follow these easy instructions to make festive paper pumpkins.

Accent Colors
Does your office have a strict decorating policy? You can still get in the Halloween spirit with fall accent colors in your everyday office products. For example, check out this Halloween-colored office chair.

Have a little fun this fall and let Arrow Office Products & Interiors help you decorate your workspace!