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Practicing Altruism (With Animals)

Leading an altruistic lifestyle can be a challenging but rewarding experience. While we make sacrifices for others we love, we in turn receive the love we put out into the world tenfold. Still, one such love which often goes overlooked is the love for our fellow creatures, animals.

Altruism doesn’t just end with human beings. It stretches out, encompassing ourselves, others and nature itself. So how can we put this sense of altruism into real-life? By practicing its values with animal creatures around us.

Adopt local.
Interested in getting a furry new friend for your family? Avoid the pet store and head for the shelter. Shelter animals often come from harmful and distressing backgrounds, and spend a long time waiting for the right family to come around and love them. You can be a renewed hope for a furry friend by adopting. If you’re not ready to gain a new family member, you can still help by promoting adoption to those in your life who are looking.

Volunteer at a shelter.
If you have a passion for animals and want to give back, check out local animal shelters in your area and see if any are in need of assistance. Volunteer by raising money, taking care of the animals or even rescuing pets in need. By volunteering, you can make a difference in an animal’s life and be a positive force for good.

Go fur-free.
Fur is fun, but not for the animals it comes from. Make the pledge to go fur-free in your lifestyle and avoid fur and skin clothing items, such as mittens, boots or handbags. Recently, faux fur is making a huge comeback in the fashion world, and it’s all because engaged activists have made a conscious decision to protect animals from harm. You can be a part of this movement by choosing to go fur-free in your daily life.

Watch what you eat.
You don’t have to be vegan or vegetarian to live a loving lifestyle towards animals. If you’re not ready to make a drastic change in your diet, try taking small steps to ensure the wellbeing of animals for food. Take care and focus on buying meat products that come from cruelty-free environments, local or organic. In this way, you can still live the lifestyle you choose while giving animals more respect and fairness.

Buy cruelty-free.
Across the world, animals of all kinds are blinded, poisoned and burned for the testing of human products such as soap, shampoo and lip balm. If you want to make a difference in animals’ lives, take a stand against these harmful lab testings. Check the packaging on products you buy to make sure they’re cruelty-free.

Encourage spaying and neutering.
Every year, animals are put down in shelters or killed on the streets due to overpopulation. Help reduce this risk by spaying or neutering your pets, and encouraging neighbors and friends to do the same. You can also celebrate World Spay Day on February 28th, 2017, to shine a light on the power of affordable access to spaying and neutering.

When it comes to living an altruistic lifestyle, compassion for others doesn’t have to stop with humans. You can take it a step further and make a difference in the lives of animals we love and care for. Practice altruism, be a force for good and help save an animal today.

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

Dear Clients & Supporters,

As you may have heard, our office in Pueblo was maliciously vandalized by an unidentified gunman, just after midnight on the evening of June 2nd.

Footage from our security cameras shows an initially calm scene, before what appears to be a man walking by nonchalantly, hands tucked in pockets, suddenly stopping and turning to withdraw a firearm. The gunman then starts dashing, firing shot after shot directly at our storefront.

This person and their weapon have caused immense harm. Financially, the estimated damage exceeds $25,000. The same bullets that shattered glass and pierced through walls have wounded our hearts. However, the cost of this emotional damage cannot be measured in dollars. If there is a silver lining, it’s that nobody was physically hurt - or worse. For that, we’re eternally grateful.

To be clear, this individual and this destructive act, are not linked to the Black Lives Matter movement or protests of any kind. Unfortunately, we believe this anger to be rooted locally in a conflict between a tenant and their disgruntled clients.

In the wake of the ongoing pandemic and riots spurred by civil unrest nationwide, we know things are uncomfortable right now. We know people are upset and hurting. We're hurting too.

As much as it pains us to board up these windows and doors and close our building, we have no other choice but to do so until we can get them fixed. Despite our office being closed, rest assured, we are still working.

While the need for our services grows, so does our need for your support. In fact, we need you now more than ever. Whether it's time or a monetary donation, anything you can do to help us continue promoting healthy, vibrant neighborhoods across Southern Colorado is not only sincerely appreciated; it's vital to actualizing our mutual goals as a community. You can make your contribution, securely and conveniently online at https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/donate.html or to submit interest in volunteering please visit https://nwsoco.org/how-to-help/volunteer.html.

We want you to know, we will be back, and we will continue to fight for a better Southern Colorado. To get there, more of us need to change. Amidst these changes, one thing will remain certain: our commitment to serving you and the entire Southern Colorado community.

The pain we feel now will pass, just like the time we have with those we love. Remember to take care of each other. If this unprecedented time has taught us anything, it’s that we need each other more than we could have ever known.


SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT:

A Message about Our Services in Light of Coronavirus (COVID-19) – UPDATED 06/09/2020

NeighborWorks Southern Colorado cares about the health and safety of our customers, staff, and community partners. Out of an abundance of caution, we are suspending in-person workshops and counseling appointments temporarily. We will continue to provide homebuyer education and counseling services virtually, and you can reach our employees by phone or email. We will not be receiving visitors to our office until further notice.

We are in the process of contacting customers registered for our Homebuyer Education Workshops or scheduled for an in-person counseling appointment to make other arrangements. If you need to reach us, please call (719) 544-8078.

We are monitoring the news closely and taking advantage of this time to do updates and upgrades to our building to better serve you when we re-open; we will post updates about our services to this website. Thank you for choosing NeighborWorks Southern Colorado as your trusted partner and first choice for homebuyer resources in Southern Colorado.

06/09/2020

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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