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How to Get Involved This Labor Day

How to Get Involved This Labor Day

Happy Labor Day! If you didn’t know, Labor Day is a United States holiday which celebrates the social and economic achievements of the labor movement. On this day, we take time to commemorate the valuable contributions which hardworking Americans have made to the nation’s prosperity, strength and overall well-being.

Not only is Labor Day a great chance to get away from work and spend a necessary day off with friends and family, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to get involved with people in the community. When it comes to giving back, Labor Day is the perfect chance to do something valuable for others. Here are some ideas for how you can get involved this Labor Day.

1. Send a care package.
One simple way to get involved on Labor Day is by sending a care package to someone who really needs it—our service men and women. While these men and women are stationed overseas, holiday times can be challenging while away from family or friends. Help brighten their day by sending a care package full of goodies from home. Whether it’s a local or national organization, there are lots of programs you can work with to create and send a care package to a serviceman or woman this Labor Day.

2. Work with a center.
Of course, why not give back to those who are a little bit closer to your neighborhood? See what shelters, centers or organizations are near you who work with those struggling in the community. See how you can give back by volunteering this week to serve food, collect items or help fill the needs for the people around you. When you work with a center in your neighborhood, you help build up the neighbors in the community, which creates an even better environment for everyone to celebrate on Labor Day.

3. Help out at an animal shelter.
Over the holiday weekend, lots of animal shelters have various sales going on for pets, or might find themselves taking in more pets as the summer comes to a close. Either way, it can be a busy time! If you’re an animal-lover, use this time to give back and help out at an animal shelter. Whether it’s cleaning up, walking the animals or just spending time caring for them, you can make sure Labor Day is a great weekend for the whole family, including our four legged friends.

4. Give gently-used items.
With Labor Day comes the transition into a new season—fall. And then—winter. You can help out your community members by giving any gently-used items to shelters and centers near you. As we head into the colder months, now is a critical time to collect items. Have an end-of-the-summer cleaning party to clean out your house and see which gently-used items you can live without. Then, commemorate Labor Day by giving those items to the ones who need them the most.

5. Clean up the community.
Of course, you could always give back on Labor Day through… labor. Use today as an excuse to help clean up the community around you, whether it’s by cleaning up garbage on the street, working in a garden or painting over graffiti. Your community matters, so take pride in caring for it. Use this time—while the weather’s still warm—to clean up your community this Labor Day.

6. Donate to a cause you care about.
Finally, you can always get involved on Labor Day by donating to a cause you care about. Whether you know a client of an organization, have a past experience or simply love an organization’s mission, donating your financial support can make a real difference in the world around you. See what organizations are near you, national or even international which you can donate to and have an impact.

Labor Day isn’t just an excuse to have a day off from work. It’s a day dedicated to the hardworking Americans which have gone before us, are with us and will come after us. On this Labor Day, celebrate by getting involved and giving back. Use these ideas, or think of your own to really make a difference in the world you care about!

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.


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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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