We thank you for showing interest in diversity efforts and events in the Northern Colorado area. As Heart and Sol of Loveland our group is made up of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and allies who look to promote ethnic and cultural diversity in the Loveland community, with partnerships throughout Northern Colorado. We look to inspire conversations and influence local change by engaging with individuals, organizations and community resources. Our goal is to support, celebrate, and embrace cultural richness for our community.

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Upcoming Heart and Sol Meeting
WHEN: Thursday, January 28th @ 6pm
WHERE: Zoom Link

Join us at our first meeting of 2021. Let's gather virtually to talk about the things we are currently working on and how we can keep moving forward with positive conversations, cultural celebrations and working towards change.
The Year in Review- 2020
Happy New Year! Welcome to the January 2021 edition of our newsletter! We’ve made it to a new year and would like to take a moment to thank you all for your continued support. 2020 has been a year unlike any we ever could have imagined. Like many other non-profits, the challenges of 2020 put a damper on our programming but that doesn’t mean we stopped our work!

In February, we were fortunate to be allowed a fundraiser at Loveland Aleworks’ Pints for the People. Little did we know that would be our last “normal” in-person gathering for the year. We met new people and established new partnerships.

After the pandemic hit in March, we quickly realized we would not be able to proceed with what we’d planned for the year. We were fortunate to form a partnership with Stories Without Borders. Together, we hosted two community listening sessions addressing racism in Loveland during the months of June and July. Through these sessions, members of the local BIPOC community were able to share their stories while community members listened.  

In September, we assisted with mailing out postcards, reminding people to vote. This was in partnership with Loveland’s League of Women Voters.

Though we were restricted from hosting our annual Dia de los Muertos event, we were able to set up our display at the Library and something new - we were able to decorate a Nicho at the Museum. In addition to these two things, we partnered with the Loveland Public Library at the first Downtown Loveland Pumpkin Festival. We passed out 250 sugar skull decorating kits to those who attended.

In December, we hosted our second Annual Hope for the Holidays card-making event. Given the COVID restrictions, we were not able to gather in one place. This did not deter us; instead, we assembled card-making kits and gave them to anyone who was interested in participating. With everyone’s help, we were able to send over 200 cards to Casa de Paz. They delivered the cards to the immigrant detainees being held at the ICE Detention Center in Aurora.

Despite the challenges and restrictions of 2020, we were able to keep the momentum going with Heart and Sol and we hope to continue finding new ways to develop diversity awareness by supporting culture, community and education in our community in 2021.
Pints for the People-
Loveland Aleworks
Downtown Pumpkin Festival-
The Loveland Downtown District
Hope for the Holidays-
Casa de Paz
Looking Forward- 2021
Though we anticipate there will continue to be some level of restrictions throughout the year, we look forward to finding or creating opportunities to fulfill our mission; to promote ethnic and cultural diversity in our local community, with partnerships throughout Northern Colorado. We look to inspire conversations and influence local change by engaging with individuals, organizations and community resources. Our goal is to support, celebrate and embrace the cultural richness of our community.

If this is something that interests you, please join us for our January Membership meeting. It takes place Thursday, January 28th at 6pm via Zoom.  
2020 Hispanic Community Voices:
The Impact of Covid-19 (A Documentary Film)
Join us on this Zoom event being hosted by some of our local partners. From their event page:
"Join us via Zoom for the for the premier of this powerful documentary film by producer Betty Aragon and director Shari Due of Be Reel Films. We are all impacted by the pandemic, but some of us have more resources and privileges to navigate the crisis. Drawing on dozens of interviews, this film reveals the hidden impact the COVID19 crisis is having on Larimer County Latinx/immigrant workers and their families – essential workers whose industries are hard hit economically, who do not have the privilege to work remotely, and who are left out of many critical forms of assistance. The online film screening will be followed by a panel and Q&A with Betty Aragon, film participants and community leaders."

Watch the trailer here.
This event is brought to you with love and commitment by Mujeres de Colores, Fuerza Latina, The Family Center/La Familia, Alianza NORCO, La Cocina, The BIPOC Alliance, ISAAC of Northern Colorado, The LatinX Community Advisory Group and Fort Collins Interfaith Council.
What does BIPOC mean?
BIPOC is an acronym that has quickly gained popularity to reference "Black, Indigenous and People of Color".
We appreciate your continued support and are always looking for new members! Join one of our meetings, follow us on social media, volunteer, donate or reach out for information.
We hope to see you soon!

Heart and Sol