Green Spaces in Denver’s RiNo Arts District, has found a new synergy between memberships and community operations. How did they do this? With their successful Ambassador Program that’s been running strong for the past six years.
“The Ambassador Program is set up as a work-trade program. In exchange for one full day of work per week, the ambassador receives a free full-time Lounge Membership,” explains Amanda Piela, Community Coordinator for Green Spaces. There are six ambassador positions, one for each day of the week and one “floating” ambassador who fills in for anyone who can’t work their assigned shift.
Green Space’s ambassadors essentially act as space managers for the day! They unlock the doors, take care of dishes, make that ever-important coffee, tidy the meeting spaces, and keep the restrooms stocked. The Lounge Membership that they receive in exchange for their work includes 24/7 access to the space, conference room time, and unlimited printing/scanning. It also gives them the ability to host two free events per year and access to all Green Spaces events.
“The ambassador program began as a way to give people who wouldn’t necessarily join a coworking space on their own accord a chance to join a brand new community and try it out, no strings attached. Although the commitment is low at first, we find that our ambassadors take ownership and pride over the space and their work very quickly,” says Piela. “Our ambassadors are crucial to making the space run smoothly on a day-to-day basis — with the ambassador program flourishing for the past 6 years, we could not imagine running Green Spaces without them.”