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Spread Hope on International Pay It Forward Day

Spread Hope on International Pay It Forward Day

Kindness is a powerful tool that can have an immense impact on the world, especially when we’re isolated. Even little steps of generosity go a long way in lifting spirits and building an altruistic community.

One well-known way of showing generosity is by “paying it forward”—doing something generous for another without any intention of reciprocation. Next Tuesday, April 28, marks the annual celebration of International Pay It Forward Day. According to their website, the holiday “... is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world.” 

Paying it forward is a way to spread goodness into the world. If you want to get involved this International Pay It Forward Day, check out these quarantine-friendly ways to pay it forward.

 

1. Buy a friend a meal.

Celebrate Pay It Forward Day from a distance by offering to pay for a friend’s food delivery. You can then enjoy a meal together over video chat. It’s a win-win situation: they get a free meal delivered to their door, you get to have a meal with a friend.

 

2. Pre-order at the pump for a stranger.

Sometimes gas can make a world of difference for a struggling individual or family. If you’re at the pump, talk to the cashier about paying for the upcoming person’s gas—a surprise that may mean more than you could know.

 

5. Write a kind note.

If you’re short on cash this time of year, leave a thoughtful note for a friend or family. We all need some love and support right now, and a small act of kindness can go a long way. 

 

6. Make a homemade present.

If you want to get creative in your downtime, craft a homemade gift you can pass along to pay it forward. You’ll get to enjoy the process of creating it and make someone’s day.

 

7. Help someone out.

Next time you notice someone struggling, be the first to step up and volunteer to help out. Whether it’s getting your older neighbor groceries, helping a coworker or just being a shoulder to cry on, your support is valuable.

 

8. Spread the word to others.

You can share the value and importance of Pay It Forward Day by telling others about the initiative and the impact it has. When you do pay it forward, encourage others to pass the generosity along.

 

9. Volunteer in the community.

There are so many needs in the community right now, so peruse social media and local nonprofit websites to find ways to help. You can deliver meals to families in need, start a fundraiser, tutor students over video chats and much more. 

 

10. Donate to a cause.

Finally, keep paying it forward by donating to a cause or organization you care about this week. Give back and you’ll know that your contribution paid it forward for others who were struggling.

This International Pay It Forward Day, spread kindness and live an altruistic lifestyle by giving generously to those around you. When the cycle is started, we can all get involved and continue to show love and goodness 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

Please take precautionary measures... Be safe and stay healthy

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