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Celebrate Sunshine on the First Day of Spring

Celebrate Sunshine on the First Day of Spring

Happy springtime! Tomorrow, March 20th, marks the official first day of spring. Are you ready to celebrate? The time has to come to put away those winter coats and start breaking out the shorts and sandals as we embrace the cool, sunshine spring weather.

The first day of spring is definitely a time for celebration. So how can you enjoy the new sunshine of the season? Here are some ideas for how to live your best altruistic life and celebrate sunshine on the first day of spring.

Get outside.
Of course, what’s the simplest way to celebrate the first day of spring? Get outside! The weather might still be a little iffy coming out of winter, but if there’s a glimmer of sunshine, embrace it by getting outdoors and spending time in the cool spring weather. Go for a bike ride with friends, a picnic with family members or even a long walk by yourself for quiet time in the sunshine. Celebrate the new season and feel the rush of the fresh spring air in your lungs.

Clean up the community.
While you’re out and about, see what you can do to get involved and help clean up the community. Things tend to get a little messy during winter, so commit some of your time to an altruistic community cleanup effort. After all, springtime brings with it the famous spring cleaning, which can benefit both your home and your neighborhood.

Start a garden.
During the cleanup session, see how you can start or help maintain a garden—either your own or the community’s. Springtime symbolizes rebirth and new growth, so it’s the absolute perfect time to get your hands a little dirty in the mud by digging up, mulching and planting fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers in a garden. By the time summer rolls around, you’ll be able to fully enjoy both the the figurative and literal fruits of your labor.

Do arts and crafts.
If you have little ones running around your home, then try celebrating springtime with them by doing various arts and crafts activities together. Paint a picture of a flower, dye an egg or get really creative and do a science experiment with a plant. Spring also has a multitude of holidays in it, so there are plenty of projects to choose from. Pick yours or your kiddos’ favorites to practice arts and crafts together.

Invite people into your home.
With the spring weather comes the wonderful option of opening up your doors and letting fresh air—and people—inside. Spring is the perfect time to invite friends, family and neighbors into your home to enjoy each other's’ company. Get to know someone new in your neighborhood, or get to know someone you’ve already met even better. Open up the doors, shake out the dust of winter, let fresh air in and bring in people to celebrate the new season with you.

Practice meditation.
Finally, the spring season is also a great opportunity to practice meditation in the beautiful weather. Do yoga, start a journal or simply take time to enjoy the quiet outdoors. Meditate on the new life and growth that spring represents, and consider what changes you can make in your life to bring about personal growth. Focus on internalizing peace and balance as you move forward into the season.

Tomorrow is the first day of spring, which means it’s time to embrace the sunshine. Try out these ideas or some of your own to welcome in the new weather and celebrate a season of new life, growth and of course, sunshine.

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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