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Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Going Green

Celebrate St. Patrick's Day by Going Green

St. Patrick’s day is this week, which means green is everywhere—green clothes, green decorations, even green food. But the biggest question is: are you going green? Now more than ever, our Earth is under stress from the pollution, waste and harmful chemicals humans release into the environment.

This week, celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by taking simple steps to go green in your home and community. By going green, we create a better environment for ourselves and future generations. Check out these easy ways you can live an altruistic—and green—lifestyle.

1. Reduce, reuse, recycle.
We’ve all heard this phrase, but how many of us actually put it into consistent use? Recycling materials is a simple step towards building a healthier, happier planet. Before you throw out your garbage, check to see if it’s recyclable. If you haven’t already, get in contact with a recycling company in your community to work with. Of course, if you’re ever confused or unsure about whether or not a product is recyclable, check online or call the recycling service.

If you want to be even more efficient, check products before you buy them to see if they’re recyclable. By making a conscious effort to buy recyclable products and restore them afterwards, we can all come together to create a greener world.

2. Chuck the bottled water.
For water drinkers, one easy step towards a green lifestyle is simply chucking the bottled water. According to Sustainable Baby Steps, nearly 30 billion plastic water bottles are sold in the U.S. annually, with less than 20% of them actually being recycled. You can help break the cycle by drinking from a reusable water bottle. The water bottle can even save you money by drinking from your home tap or filtration system.

3. Turn it off (and save money).
If you want to save even more money while going green, get into the habit of turning off any and all electronics which are not in use. Turn off the lights when not in a room, unplug electronics—e.g. the toaster, fan or curling iron—when you leave the house or even take shorter showers. By practicing these simple, everyday steps, you can potentially cut your energy bills in half (Sustainable Baby Steps).

4. Try new transportation.
Going green on your commute can sometimes be easier than expected. Bicycling, walking, carpooling or public transportation are all great ways to save money and help save the Earth. When you do have to drive somewhere, combine multiple trips into one, drive slower and make sure your car tires are inflated to save gas money and gas emissions. Green transportation can be pretty easy to do when we take the initial steps and follow through.

5. Buy local and organic.
One of the most important ways to go green is through the food you eat. When food travels in from around the world, its transportation emits negative chemicals into the air and can have a harsh environmental impact. Buying local, organic food ensures that your food is healthier than products commercially grown, and is brought in from a shorter distance, reducing the environmental effect. Organic and locally grown food is better for your health, better for the community and better for our planet.

6. Educate others in the community.
Finally, you can help improve the Earth by educating others in your community and those around you. Through gentle education and encouragement, together we can positively influence those around us and build a more altruistic society.

This St. Patrick’s Day, make an impact by truly going green. Put these steps into practice and see how you can do your part to make the Earth a happy and healthy place for everyone.

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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