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Celebrating United Nations Day

The month of October is known for many things: pumpkins, breast cancer awareness, the beginning of fall, domestic violence awareness, Halloween… the list goes on. But did you know it also celebrates the greatest global union in history?

That’s right; October 24th is international United Nations Day, part of United Nations Week, which runs from October 20th-26th. UN Day marks the anniversary of the United Nations charter coming into force in 1945, and has been celebrated since 1948.

Here are a few reasons to celebrate this momentous anniversary of United Nations Day, and how you can use it to promote altruism within your own life.

History of the United Nations
The idea of a “League of Nations” first came about at the end of World War I with the signing of the Treaty of Versailles on June 28, 1919. However, after World War II broke out, founders soon realized the league needed to take on a different form.

The foundations for the UN developed toward the end of World War II, at the UN Conference on International Organization in San Francisco on April 25, 1945. The United Nations as we know it was officially created with their charter ratification on October 24th of that same year.

What the United Nations Does
The United Nations is an international organization made up of 193 member states. Their main offices are in New York, United States; Hague, Netherlands; Geneva, Switzerland; Vienna, Austria; and Nairobi, Kenya. The UN is an altruistic organization committed to maintaining international peace and security, developing friendly relations among nations, encouraging social progress and promoting better living standards and human rights around the world.

The United Nations uses its powers to take action on a range of issues, working towards their primary eight goals: (1) eradicate extreme poverty; (2) achieve universal primary education; (3) promote gender equality and empower women; (4) reduce child mortality; (5) improve maternal health; (6) combat HIV and AIDS, malaria and other diseases; (7) ensure environmental sustainability; (8) develop a global partnership for development.

How to Celebrate United Nations Day
Around the world today, countries everywhere are celebrating United Nations Day. Food festivals showcase food from different cultures, concerts highlight national music and art is unveiled to promote world peace.

If you and your family want to get involved, try focusing the day on learning about something from a different culture. Go to a local restaurant and try new food, check out cultural fairs within your community or learn more about the United Nations and the global unity it promotes. Find out how your home state is celebrating UN Day and see if you can get in on the action!

No matter your nationality, culture or language, happy United Nations Day / Día de las Naciones Unidas / يوم الأمم المتحدة / 유엔의 날 / Tag der Vereinten Nationen.

As Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon stated, “The United Nations works for the entire human family of seven billion people, and cares for the earth, our one and only home.” Celebrate today by caring for our global family and living the best life you can.

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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