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14 Altruistic Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

14 Altruistic Ways to Celebrate Valentine's Day

Happy Valentine’s Day! Tomorrow we celebrate the love we share for our significant others, our families and our friends. Whether you’re single, dating or married, you can give the most romantic Valentine’s Day gift by giving back to your community. Check out 14 altruistic ways to celebrate this special day.

1. Send a love letter. This Valentine’s Day, spread the love by sending a love letter… not just to your partner, but to other people and organizations in your life that you value. Tell them why they matter, what they mean to you, and how much you love them.

2. Run a charity race. Many organizations local and national sponsor Valentine’s Day races to raise money. Get in shape and give back at the same time by signing up to run for love.

3. Spread some (animal) love. Animals need love too this Valentine’s Day. Check out your local animal shelter to see if any volunteers are needed, or just spend some time loving the animals in need. Who knows? You may even find one to fall in love with and take home.

4. Buy organic. Love the environment by making Earth-conscious choices this week and for the future. If you’re buying flowers for your sweet honey-bun, try buying fresh organic at your local market. Not only will you love the Earth a little more, but you also support the community.

5. Donate blood. January may have been National Blood Donor Month, but that doesn’t mean the love has to stop there. Donate at a local or national drive to really get your heart pumping.

6. Choose fair-trade. Buying fair-trade goods not only ensures great quality for your Valentine, but also helps support small business owners. Whether it’s chocolate, jewelry or a Valentine’s card, you’d be surprised at the things you can find in the world of fair-trade.

7. Remember our military. This Valentine’s day, don’t forget to remember our military men and women serving overseas who aren’t able to spend the day with loved ones. Send a package, letter or goods their way to show them you care.

8. Help your neighbor. One easy way to show love this week is to help a neighbor or community member in need. A little effort goes a long way to show you care.

9. Date for charity. Are you single this Valentine’s Day, but still looking for that special someone? Get involved and find a local speed-dating for charity event in your community to meet your potential love and help give back.

10. Clean your closet. Start spring cleaning early by going through your closet now and donate unnecessary items to those in need this Valentine’s Day.

11. Support disaster relief. With so many struggles around our nation, show you care this week by finding a cause to support disaster relief needs in your community and beyond.

12. Give a meal away. Staying in on Valentine’s Day? Why not double your efforts and put together a meal to donate to a local foodbank? Not only will you enjoy your night in, but you can be sure you made someone else’s night even more special.

13. Volunteer locally. Want to really wow your significant other with a date night? Volunteer together for a local cause to show your love for each other and the community.

14. Donate your date night. Finally, go all out for Valentine’s Day this year and donate your date night. Take the money you would have spent on a night out and give back to your favorite organizations to see the impact you can make.

This Valentine’s Day, give love to others by living an altruistic lifestyle and giving back. Try out some of these Valentine’s Day tips to truly see love blossom in your life.

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

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