Community Happenings

Steamboat Little Givers

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This is an ongoing year long program to get kids involved with our community with a goal of FUN and learning.  Throughout the year, we will be completing weekly philanthropy projects focused on helping to better our community.  That’s right, WEEKLY!  Each little giver will be challenged to complete 52 projects throughout 2022!!!  This seems like a huge undertaking, but we believe in the power of motivated kids. Projects will be small (writing a thank you card to a police officer, donating a toy, clean up a trail, etc), but consistent.

We have some ideas of projects, but we are also putting this into the hands of the kids.  During our once a month meetings they will have the opportunity to discuss ideas for the next month’s projects.  These project will be geared for kids ages 4-11, but please don’t let this limit you. We would love photos of your completed projects and your kids actively participating! If you are ok with us sharing your kids photos, please email them to Steph@duskygrousecoffee.com

September Projects
  1. “You’re my cup of tea!”  Come by DGC and pick up an envelope with a blank card in it and a tea bag.  Have your kids write a letter to someone they care about and send them tea 🙂
  2. “You’re Dog-gone amazing!”  We’re making homemade dog treats for Routt County Humane Society!  Join us on Sunday, Sept 18th at 4pm at DGC to make them.
  3. Crayon Donations.  Bring by gently used crayons (those ones that you get as gifts or from restaurants) to DGC and we’ll donate them to a local school.
  4. Dream Big!  Create a dream board with your kids and their friends.  Use magazine cut outs, pictures, photos, anything you can attach to a poster board!  Put it somewhere your kid will see or bring it by DGC and we’ll post them in our conference room!
AUGUST PROJECTS
 
  1. Write a letter to an elected official.  This is a great chance to talk with older kids about what our public officials do and maybe share with them what our kids love about Steamboat Springs or our county. Some ideas for who to write to: City Councilmen/women, county commissioners, sherif, governor, congressmen/women, School board officials, etc.  
  2. Donate clothes!!  Go through your closets and make room for those new school clothes!  You can donate to Lift Up of Routt County or give them away on your own.
  3.  Make a treasure map for a friend and something cool for them to discover.  Ideas for treasure chests:  A small piece or art, piece of candy, special rocks or a small toy.  This could be a fun neighborhood idea or something you can put together on a rainy day with a sibling.
  4. Cookie Jars for someone you care about!  Come by Dusky Grouse and grab a mason jar with a recipe for DIY cookie jar gift.  This is super simple and easy to put together using ingredients you probably have in your pantry.  
JULY PROJECTS
 
  1. Neighborhood clean up.  This can be as simple as picking up trash while you’re walking to the mailbox or organizing a cleanup day in your ‘hood.  
  2. Send seeds to a friend.  We’ll have seed packets of wildflower and veggie seeds for your kids to pick up and send to special friend or family member to let them know you’re thinking of them
  3. Plant a tree!  I’m trying to have seedlings available for pick up at the shop. Does anyone know where to get some or have connections?  This isn’t completely necessary, but it’d be super convenient for you all if we had an easy pick-up option. 
  4. Bike wash and lemonade stand at Dusky Grouse Coffee on JULY 30th, benefiting Lift Up!  We’ll be setting up a bike wash on our side patio, right off the core trail with coffee and lemonade supplied for free. 
June PROJECTS
 
    1. Pick up three pieces of trash every time you go to a park or on a walk.
    2. Write a “thank you” card to a restaurant worker.
    3. Kindness week!  Do one act of kindness every day this week!  Ideas: Do a chore that you don’t usually do, help wash a car, bake cookies for a friend, call your grandma or grandpa to say hi, draw a picture for a parent, etc.  The possibilities are endless!
    4. Shoe drive at DGC!  We are collecting new & gently used shoes at Dusky Grouse Coffee & will be donating them to the organization Funds2Orgs (https://funds2orgs.com).  We will be collecting shoes until the end of July!
MAY PROJECTS
  1. Teach something you’re good at to a friend or sibling.
  2. Share plants or flowers with someone you love (pick up a baby flower at Dusky Grouse Coffee!)
  3. Introduce yourself to a new neighbor or one that you don’t know yet!
  4. Make a card for a retirement community near you.
APRIL PROJECTS
  1. Earth Day trail clean up: Meet up with us as a group on April 9th at DGC to clean up Fetcher Pond or organize a clean up in your neighborhood
  2. Write a letter to a “super hero” in your life.  Why are they amazing? What are their talents?  For example, my sister is my super hero because she is always there for me and makes me laugh.  Her super power is “kindness”.
  3. Decorate bandanas for dogs looking for homes at Humane Society.  We will have bandanas for pick up at the shop for this one!
  4. Bring chalk to your favorite paved trail or park and draw pictures or write positive messages to brighten peoples day.
MARCH PROJECTS
  1. Hope: Read, Discuss or create drawings or pictures of what Hope means to you
  2. Positivity Rocks:  Find some rocks, paint them and write positive messages or words on them.  Place them around town for strangers to find.
  3. Write a thank you card to a police officer or tell one “thank you” if you see one.
  4. Go through your old books and donate to Lift- Up, the library or host a book exchange with friends.
FEBRUARY PROJECTS
  1. Draw or paint a valentines day card for someone who may be lonely or who is really important to you
  2. Thank you card to a teacher or someone at your school.  In addition to teachers, think about your favorite librarian, office administrator, custodian or anyone else your child feels is important to them.  The idea here is to have your child hand the card to them, so they understand the impact they’re having.  And let’s be honest, the art of the thank you card is a lost one!  Let’s keep it alive!
  3. Healthy foods to be donated to Lift Up.  You can go through your own pantry and have the kids put together a box or you can go to the store with a small list.  We’ve also talked about donating snacks for LIft Up’s Rocket packs for kids in school.  More details to come!
  4. Read a book and/or discuss what diversity and/or race means to your kids.  The library has a wonderful selection of kid-friendly books about MLK, black history month and diversity that we highly recommend!

CALL TO ACTION:  Because of some not-so-kid friendly headlines flying around about war and Eastern Europe, we thought it would be a great idea to talk to our kids about “Hope”.  Ask your kid what HOPE means to them, record it, and send it Steph@duskygrousecoffee.com (or IG/FB dm).  We will be putting together a little collection of small kids simplifying the world’s big issues.  With this we hope to all gain some refreshing perspective and maybe learn a thing or two from our kids.  This should be short and candid, 10-30 seconds, no rehearsal needed!

JANUARY PROJECTS
  1. Create a Giving Bank and choose a non profit you’d like to raise money for throughout the year.  Participating Local Non-Profits We will donate our funds together on Yampa Valley Gives Day (December 2022), but if you’d like to raise money for a non-profit outside of our county, please feel free to do so! Pick something that’s important to your kid and your family.
  2. Donate to the Boulder Fire (Marshall Fire) Relief efforts.  DONATE
  3. Write a thank you card or give a gift to a firefighter.  You can make one for the Boulder Fire or local fire department.  Drop off all cards/gifts at Dusky Grouse and we’ll deliver them all together at the end of the month.
  4. Make a bird feeder, faerie/critter home

Dusky Grouse Mental Health Book Club

Our mental health book club is aimed to create space for honest discussion about our mental health and each of our journeys in finding our way in the world.  This is an AUTHENTIC and proactive approach to mental health in our community- meaning we are not therapists or psychiatrists.  We are all humans living in an ever changing world that challenges our perceptions of self worth, happiness and the truth. Through this group, we hope to lift each other up, learn about ourselves and our community and thrive together.  These sessions are all FREE, open to everyone and do not require any kind of RSVP.

Fall Session:

Braiding Sweetgrass, By Robin Wall Kimmerer

Drawing on her life as an indigenous scientist, a mother, and a woman, Kimmerer shows how other living beings—asters and goldenrod, strawberries and squash, salamanders, algae, and sweetgrass—offer us gifts and lessons, even if we’ve forgotten how to hear their voices. In a rich braid of reflections that range from the creation of Turtle Island to the forces that threaten its flourishing today, she circles toward a central argument: that the awakening of a wider ecological consciousness requires the acknowledgment and celebration of our reciprocal relationship with the rest of the living world. For only when we can hear the languages of other beings will we be capable of understanding the generosity of the earth, and learn to give our own gifts in return.

Oct 2nd, 10am-12pm, discussing first quarter

Oct 16th, 10am-12pm, discussing second quarter

Oct 30th, 10am-12pm, discussing third quarter

Nov 13th, 10am-12pm, discussing final quarter

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