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Pay It Forward on International Pay It Forward Day

Pay It Forward on International Pay It Forward Day

Kindness is a powerful tool, which, when used correctly, has an immense impact on the world. Even little steps of generosity go a long way in lifting spirits and building an altruistic community.

One famous way of showing generosity is by “paying it forward”— doing something generous for another without any intention of reciprocation. This Friday, April 28th, marks the annual celebration of International Pay It Forward Day. According to their website, Pay It Forward Day “... is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world.” Paying it forward is a way to spread goodness into the world. If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these ways to pay it forward.

1. Give someone a ride.
Tried and true, car rides are the way to a friend’s heart. Pay it forward this week by offering a ride to someone in need.

2. Buy a friend a meal.
Celebrate Pay It Forward Day by going out to eat with a friend and buying his or her meal. It’s a win-win situation: you get a delicious meal; they get a free meal.

3. Pay for someone’s coffee.
Everyone loves a good cup of coffee, and this is a simple way to pay it forward. Next time you’re standing in line at the shop, offer to pay for the coffee of the person behind you.

4. Pre-order a stranger’s gas.
Sometimes gas can make a world of difference for a struggling individual or family. If you’re at the pump, talk to the cashier about paying for the upcoming person’s gas—a surprise that may mean more than you could know.

5. Leave a warm fuzzy.
If you’re short on cash this time of year, leave a warm fuzzy note for a friend, family or even a stranger, because you never know how badly someone needs to hear they’re appreciated.

6. Make a homemade present.
If you want to keep costs low but still give a gift, make something homemade you can pass along to pay it forward. Everyone knows homemade comes from the heart.

7. Help someone out.
Next time someone is struggling, be the first to step up and volunteer to help out. Whether it’s moving a couch, babysitting or just being a shoulder to cry on, your support is valuable.

8. Tell others.
You can share the value and importance of Pay It Forward Day by telling others about the initiative and the impact it has. When you do pay it forward, make sure the recipient knows why you did it, and encourage them to pass the generosity along.

9. Volunteer in the community.
There’s always a need in the community, and you can pay it forward this year by volunteering to give back. Clean up a garden, help at a shelter or just be there to fill a need.

10. Donate to a cause.
Finally, keep paying it forward by donating to a cause or organization you care about this week. Give back and you’ll know that your contribution paid it forward for others struggling.

This International Pay It Forward Day, spread kindness and live an altruistic lifestyle by giving generously to those around you. When the cycle is started, we can all get involved, and continue to show love and goodness to others.

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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