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

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.

Spring Session:

Think Like a Monk, by Jay Shetty

The aim of Think Like a Monk is to help individuals apply a monk mindset to their lives. Think Like a Monk shows you how to clear the roadblocks to your potential by overcoming negative thoughts, accessing stillness, and creating true purpose. It can be challenging to apply the lessons of monks to busy lives.  In this 3 part series, we’ll discuss the book in its three sections: Let Go, Grow and Give.  We will also be doing some functional mushroom sampling at each of our meetings!   Again, this is a FREE event and all are welcome.

March 27th, 11-12pm

April 9th, 11-12pm

April 24th, 11-12pm

May 15th, 11-12pm

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Winter Session:
This is Your Brain on Food, by Uma Naidoo

We are partnering with Natural Grocers to discuss the book, This is Your Brain on Food by Uma Naidoo.

In this 4 part series we’ll  explore ways we can support our mental health in a proactive and intentional way.

We will be providing small samples of food or drinks that support the ideas of the reading as well.

This is a FREE SERIES!

 

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