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Get Involved and Give Back This Fourth of July

Get Involved and Give Back This Fourth of July

Happy Fourth of July week! Tomorrow we celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence and the freedoms we have with living in the United States. This is a time to enjoy friends and family, fireworks, parades and of course, great food.

But for those dedicated to living an altruistic lifestyle, the Fourth of July can also be an opportunity to get involved and give back to our community. If you want to celebrate this Independence Day with an altruistic twist, check out some of these ideas for how you can give back to your community near and far.

1. Volunteer at a Fourth of July celebration.
One easy way to give back this Independence Day is by checking out local parades, markets or celebrations going on in your community, then get involved! Can you help coordinate the parade? What about setting up booths for a Fourth of July market? Or how about putting together a fireworks show display stand to wow the kids?

There’s lots of things going on nearby, and lots of ways for you to help out. See what interests you most and then volunteer yourself or your family for a Fourth of July you will never forget, because you spent it helping others.

2. Write a soldier a thank-you.
Independence Day is a chance to honor all of the dedicated men and women who have given everything to protect and serve our country. This Fourth of July, you can personally celebrate our nation’s heros by writing a soldier a thank-you card for everything they have done.

Are you having a backyard party to commemorate the day? Why not set up a card craft table for children and adults to write notes to soldiers? Then stamp them and send them off to make a soldier’s day, week or month. Or, for an added bonus, consider putting together a care package with all the necessities and luxuries our heros may be missing out on while away from home.

3. Get involved with a local shelter.
Many people in your community probably don’t have the resources to celebrate the Fourth of July the way they would love to. See how you can help out by getting involved with a local shelter. Sign up to help serve food, put together a fireworks show or start up a cookout for a fun, philanthropic Fourth of July that serves others.

Consider donating supplies to help celebrate the day. Have some extra fireworks laying around? Maybe an extra pack of hot dogs or bag of chips? See if it’s possible to donate them to families or individuals in need. Check out local shelters in your area to see what they need and the volunteers they’re looking for, then sign up yourself or your family to get started this week.

4. Invite and include a neighbor.
Finally, honor Independence Day by inviting and including your neighbors around you. The Fourth of July celebrates a time when our country came together for a common purpose, so mark the occasion by inviting others to come together in your life.

See if your neighbor next door has any plans for the day, invite a friend over for a meal or ask a family member if he or she wants to go volunteer with you. However you do it, get others involved in your festivities to have the best Independence Day ever.

This Fourth of July, live an altruistic lifestyle by getting involved and giving back. Try out some of these ideas in your own life to see how you can have a fun, caring and kind Independence Day.

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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