Skip to main content

News & Events

Newsroom

Giving Back While Going Back to School

Giving Back While Going Back to School

Happy back-to-school season! You can almost smell it in the air—the scents of freshly sharpened pencils, crisp new shoes out of the box and eraser shavings fill your nose. Summer is quickly coming to an end, and parents everywhere are eagerly—or not so eagerly—getting their kids out the front door and into the school building.

There are plenty of things which go along with the start of school—shopping for supplies, new haircuts and maybe even signing up for a club. Of course, one thing which usually accompanies the beginning of the school season are fundraisers. Fundraisers are an important way to give back to your school and raise money to support causes you care about. However, fundraisers aren’t the only way to get involved. Here are a few ideas we had for how to give back while going back to school.

1. Share extra supplies.
While you’re out shopping for school supplies with your children this year, why not look around and see what extra items you can pick up? Donate any extra items you find to your student’s classroom for those students who might not be able to afford their own supplies. Oftentimes, teachers have to dip into their own pocket to provide school items for students in need, so you can help both a student and a teacher by sharing any extra supplies you have.

2. Help a teacher out.
Speaking of helping a teacher, why not take the extra steps to help a teacher out this school year? We’re not talking about simply volunteering, but about truly doing something special for the teacher. Surprise your student’s teacher with a small gift to start the year, a little treat or even an uplifting note letting them know how much they are appreciated. Small gestures like these are a great way to give back and help a teacher as the school year starts.

3. Cut out box tops.
If your school participates in the Box Tops for Education program, get involved and give back simply by cutting out box tops. Cut out box tops from different food brands and save them to add to your school’s collection. At $0.10 per Box Top, the money you give to the school can quickly add up. In fact, over 80,000 elementary and middle schools have earned money through the Box Tops for Education program, which they used to buy necessary equipment and supplies for students. Join the efforts by cutting out and supplying your own box tops.

4. Write thank you notes.
Being an educator can often be a thankless job. Give back this back-to-school season by simply writing thank you notes to your student’s teachers, principal, janitor, etc. Show your appreciation for the hard work they do by giving a few words of encouragement. Not only will you brighten their day, but you can brighten your own simply by sharing kind words with others.

5. Bring treats.
Everyone loves treats! Check with your school to see which treats the teacher allows in his or her classroom. If food is allowed, offer up some delicious treats to welcome the students back for the school year. If allergens might be a problem, go a different route with the treats, such as with a pack of pencils, erasers or stickers. Bringing treats can be a great way to give back by welcoming everyone back for the school year.

6. Volunteer your time.
Teachers are always looking for adults to get involved and volunteer with the classroom. See how you can give back and make a difference by volunteering your time with a student’s classroom. Maybe that looks like helping to organize the room, take students on a field trip or even monitor a school dance. However you can get involved, see what you can do to give back.

As we head back to school this season, be intentional about how you can give back to your student’s teacher, classroom and school. Living an altruistic life doesn’t just stop with those closest to us; it keeps going and growing to help support other family and friends in our lives. Show your support for others by using these tips to give back while going back to school.
 

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

Our Impact in 2019

  • Attended Group & Online Classes

    1154

  • New Homeowners

    641

  • Dollars Invested Into Communities

    125,400,000

  • Dollars in Mortgage Loans Originated

    2,700,000

  • Dollars in Small Business Lending

    150,000

  • Homes Built & Sold

    5

© 2020 NeighborWorks Southern Colorado

Powered by Firespring