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5 Fun Ways to Give Back in Fall

5 Fun Ways to Give Back in Fall

Happy fall! With summer fading into the background, fall takes center-stage, and with it, some of the greatest parts of the season. Whether it’s crunchy colored leaves falling from the trees, the smell of pumpkin spice floating through the air or the brisk chill in the wind which reminds us winter is just around the corner, fall is the perfect season to get outside.

And of course, as we go outside and have fun during the fall, there are also a plethora of ways to give back in the community. If you want to live a more altruistic lifestyle, take advantage of the season of fall to dive into getting involved. Here are five fun ways to give back this fall.

1. Help rake leaves.
This one seems simple, but it can actually be a big way to give back and help neighbors around your community. As the season shifts, the trees’ leaves begin to change colors and of course… fall. If you see someone near you who has a lot of leaves in their yard, is older or is unable to rake the leaves themselves, see how you can help out by raking up their leaves. Or, if leaves aren’t a big issue, see what other chores you can help with around the house, such as trimming branches before winter or weeding out the flower beds. The more you can do to support others this season, the better you will feel by giving back.

2. Have a fall cleaning day.
You’ve heard of spring cleaning, but why not try fall cleaning? Things tend to get a little dirty during the summertime, so use the season of fall to clean out your home, workplace or even popular areas in the community. Get rid of items you didn’t use over the last few months, and consider donating any new or gently used items to a local organization you care about. Or, have a fall cleaning day in your community by volunteering to clean out local trails, clubhouses or community gardens. By giving back and cleaning up areas around you, you can start the season of fall off on a great note.

3. Share your Halloween costumes.
One thing fall is most well-known for is, of course, Halloween. Although Halloween is still far-off, you can take advantage of the holiday to give back to your community. For example, consider sharing your Halloween costume with those who might not be able to get out during the holiday. Go to a local retirement home and show off yours and your families’ costumes to brighten the residents’ day. Or, visit a local children’s hospital and share your creative costume with the kids there who might not be able to go trick-or-treating. Showing off your Halloween costume might seem like a simple task, but it is a great way to show others you care about them this season.

4. Trick-or-treat for a cause.
Speaking of trick-or-treating, as we get closer to Halloween, consider trick-or-treating for a cause you care about. For instance, check with local children’s groups to see if they need any volunteers to take kids out on Halloween. Then, take a group of underprivileged children trick-or-treating around your neighborhood. Or, get involved with a larger organization like Trick-or-Treat for Unicef or the March of Dimes and trick-or-treat for donations instead of candy. However you decide to trick-or-treat this fall, consider how you can use the opportunity to give back and help others.

5. Stock up on food.
Finally, what comes after Halloween? You guessed it, Thanksgiving. And while Thanksgiving may still be a ways away, it’s never too early to start stocking up on food that you can donate to a cause in need. For instance, consider the food bank in your community. Are they well-stocked for the upcoming winter, which pushes people inside from the cold? Are they prepared to house and host people who have nowhere else to go for the holidays? If not, you can help by stocking up on food now in order to donate it later. Use the season of fall as an opportunity to stock up and give back to people who need it the most.

Fall is officially here, and with it comes plenty of opportunities for fun, food and—of course—giving back. Use this season as a chance to see how you can get involved in your community. Take advantage of these ideas for a fun fall packed full with giving back to others.

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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