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Give Back on National Plant a Flower Day

Give Back on National Plant a Flower Day

Ah, springtime. As the sun begins to peep out from behind the clouds and the snow starts to melt away, the month of March brings with it just a hint of the upcoming spring weather, soon to be followed by the warm embrace of summer. And what goes better with celebrating springtime than a captivating bouquet of flowers?

Which brings us to March 12th, or as some like to call it, National Plant a Flower Day! Every year, people across the United States celebrate today by planting their favorite flowers as they look forward to the upcoming springtime. And with more than 400,000 different known flowering plant species around the world, they have a lot of options. National Plant a Flower Day is the perfect start to the new season, so if you want to get involved, there are a few ways to join. Here’s how you can give back today.

Start your own garden.
What’s the easiest way to celebrate Plant a Flower Day? By planting flowers, of course. If you haven’t had the chance to start a garden yet, take today as your first opportunity. Choose flowers, plants or even fruits and vegetables to get started and really round off your first beautiful garden. Or, if you’re already a consistent gardener, enjoy today by planting new or different flowers in your own garden. Give back today by helping out new gardeners with tips, tricks or extra bulbs or seeds you might have. No matter where you are in the gardening process, today is the perfect day to try something new.

Help at a community garden.
If you don’t have the space, time or resources to maintain your own garden, consider helping out at a community garden nearby. Lots of neighborhoods and nonprofit organizations offer and maintain community gardens, whether they include fruits, vegetables or flowers. Check out your neighborhood to see what community gardens are close by, and see how you can get involved today and into the spring season.

Try out a local greenhouse.
Of course, sometimes the weather can still be a little unpredictable in March. If the weather gets too chilly to work with a garden outdoors, try out a local greenhouse for the indoor gardening experience. Most greenhouses stock plants that grow well in the area, and serve as a great way to try out gardening and learn a bit more about plants along the way. See what greenhouses are near you and how you can get involved. Continue to ask questions and shop there frequently if you do start your own garden.

Give a bouquet away.
If you’re not able to plant a flower today or this season, fret not. There are still ways to give back with National Plant a Flower Day by giving a bouquet away. Buy locally-sourced flowers from floral shops in your area and give them away to someone you care about today. Whether it’s your significant other, your mother or someone in need, you can brighten someone’s day by giving them a beautiful bouquet of flowers.

Get involved in conservation efforts.
Finally, the best way to celebrate National Plant a Flower Day is by making sure there are more to come in the future. Help keep the planet safe so future generations can enjoy the flowers we love by getting involved with conservation efforts in your community. Start recycling at home, opt for a reusable water bottle and eat locally-grown foods to help give back to the earth that has given us so many beautiful flowers.

As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “The earth laughs in flowers.” Today, enjoy National Plant a Flower Day by trying out some of these tips. See how you can get involved today, this month and for years to come by supporting nature’s laughter.

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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