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Celebrate International Friendship Day

Celebrate International Friendship Day

Today marks International Friendship Day. The tradition started in 1998 when Winnie the Pooh was named the world’s Ambassador of Friendship by the United Nations. Later, in April 2011, the UN first recognized July 30 as International Friendship Day as a day to celebrate friendships and help bridge the gap between race, culture and religion. Many nations, however, observe it on the first Sunday of August. There are so many ways to celebrate International Friendship Day. You may want to personalize it to your individual friendships, but in case you’re stumped, we have a few ideas.

Plan a picnic.
Gather your friends together for a relaxing picnic at your local beach or park. They’re a cheap and fun way to spend time with those you care about, and they’re pet friendly, too. Grab some blankets and lawn chairs to lounge in while you eat, and you’ll be set. Just remember to pack silverware!

Send your friends cards.
Good, old-fashioned snail mail offers a much more personal touch than a text message or email. Writing nice notes to your friends shows them how much you care about them and value their friendship. Pick up a greeting card from the store, or design one yourself. Your friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness and perhaps send one in return.

Gift your friends succulents.
Succulents are known to be long-lasting plants. Considering gifting them to people whose friendships you know will last a lifetime. They’re easy plants to take care of and add a touch of greenery to any space. 

Grab a bite to eat.
Food has a tendency to bring people together. Get your friends together and try that new restaurant that just opened in town. You’ll get to spend time with people you care about and have a new experience together.

Try an art and wine class.
These trendy classes are often a hit for both pairs and large groups. They bring people out of their comfort zones and offer a unifying activity. Don’t worry if you’re no Picasso; most people will think their art turned out the worst. Check if the class you’re attending has a bar installed or if you can BYOB for an extra treat.

Give your long-distance friends a call.
Have a friend that lives far away? Call them up or video chat with them to let them know you’re on your mind today. Everyone likes being thought of, especially by someone they don’t get to see often. A phone call is an easy way to brighten someone’s day on National Friendship Day.

National Friendship Day is the perfect opportunity to show your friends some love. You don’t need to do anything grand to make a big impact on their days. Simply expressing your gratitude for their friendship is enough, but if you want to do something extra, consider one of the options from the list above to make your (and your friends’) day special.

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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