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5 Spooky Cool Ways to Give Back on Halloween

Happy Halloween! Today marks the spookiest time of the year, when ghosts and goblins walk among us and vampires search for their next victim… hypothetically of course. Halloween is one of the most creative and fun-filled holidays of the whole year, so why not get creative in how you celebrate it?

While we’re out enjoying Halloween, there still exists families and people in need of support from our community. If you’re interested in living a more altruistic lifestyle and helping those in need this Halloween, check out these five spooky ways you can give back.

1. Buy your costume from a nonprofit.
If you’re looking to save money and give back to a cause this Halloween, consider buying your Halloween costume from a local nonprofit. Some organizations, such as The Salvation Army or Goodwill Industries, are nationally known and have a huge variety of costumes to choose from or create. Others are smaller and more locally known. Whichever you pick, your costume can help support others, so they enjoy their Halloween just as much.

2. Trick-or-treat for a cause.
Help your children get involved in the action by showing them how to trick-or-treat for a cause. For example, since 1950, Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF has helped raise over $144 million for children. You can participate in a national trick-or-treat fundraiser, or even see if local nonprofits in your area have any events going on. You’re already planning on going trick-or-treating, so you may as well have fun while raising money for a cause at the same time!

3. Donate leftover candy.
If you’re concerned about your post-Halloween waistline, consider donating leftover candy to both national and local nonprofit organizations. The Ronald McDonald House takes candy donations to give to families in their programs; others, such as Operation Shoebox, sends leftover candy overseas to those serving in the military. You can even check with nonprofits in your community to see if they’re collecting candy to give to clients or families in need.

4. Give old costumes.
Once Halloween is over, don’t let that old costume take up valuable closet space. Why not give it to someone else? Several nonprofits and shelters will take clean and gently-used Halloween costumes in order to provide them to children of families who couldn’t otherwise afford them. So once you’re done scaring people, try giving back by letting someone else use your old costume next year.

5. Volunteer at a trick-or-treat alternative.
Many community programs and local schools will offer Halloween trick-or-treat alternatives to provide a safe environment for children to have fun in. These programs are mostly run on a volunteer basis by individuals who can distribute goods and candy in a more controlled setting. Check in your community to see if anything nearby you is hosting a trick-or-treat alternative event, and see how you can get involved to help make a difference.

This Halloween, do more than just trick-or-treat; live altruistically and give back to those less fortunate. Try out some of these fun alternative celebration ideas for you and your family to have a fun and spooky Halloween.

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.


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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

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