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July 12, 2019

Volunteer with Extreme Community Makeover at Elitch Gardens!

If you're looking for a fun and unique way to help us raise money for Extreme Community Makeover, join us for a volunteer day at Elitch Gardens! This is a great way to have fun, perhaps ride a rollercoaster or two when your shift has finished, and help us raise some money.
July 8, 2019

7.2.19 ECM Work Day – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 7.2.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 10 Projects completed – 1 Alleys cleaned – 1 Volunteer hours invested – 60 Photos from […]
July 3, 2019

Make Yours a Healthy Home

How healthy is your home? The average U.S. home generates about 20 pounds of household hazardous waste per year. Many common products, such as garden chemicals, adhesives, […]
July 2, 2019

6.29.19 ECM Work Day – Villa Park Neighborhood

Summary of 6.29.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 35 Alleys cleaned – 4 Volunteer hours invested – 150 Photos from this Work Day – […]
July 1, 2019

6.25.19 & 6.27.19 ECM Work Day – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 6.25.19 & 6.27.19 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 140 Projects completed – 7 Alleys cleaned – 16 Volunteer hours invested – 790 Photos […]
June 26, 2019

6.18.19 & 6.20.19 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 6.18.19 & 6.20.19 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 55 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 9 Alleys cleaned – 1 Volunteer hours […]
June 26, 2019

Denver Public Library Card Perks!

  If you don’t have a Denver library card, you are definitely missing out on some of life’s perks! Any Colorado resident or student in-state attending […]
June 17, 2019

6.15.19 ECM Work Day – Elyria Neighborhood

Summary of 6.15.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 55 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 7 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested – 310 […]
June 17, 2019

6.11.19 & 6.13.19 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 6.11.19 & 6.13.19 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 50 Projects completed – 4 Alleys cleaned – 4 Volunteer hours invested – 230 Photos […]
June 14, 2019

June Extreme Endeavors: A Volunteer’s Perspective

June is always one of our busiest volunteer months of the year, since the weather is ideal for home projects, people have a little more flexibility […]
June 12, 2019

Give Yourself a Break This Summer by Grasscycling

Save yourself time and energy this growing season by grasscycling, or simply leaving your grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. Grasscycling makes mowing quicker and easier, and is […]
June 10, 2019

6.4.19 & 6.6.19 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 6.4.19 & 6.6.19 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 85 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 10 Alleys cleaned – 7 Volunteer hours invested […]
June 7, 2019

Students of Every Age Should Volunteer!

Matias first volunteered with Extreme Community Makeover when he was in seventh grade. He is now in high school and he really enjoyed his most recent […]
June 5, 2019

6.1.19 ECM Work Day – West Colfax Neighborhood

Summary of 6.1.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 70 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 2 Alleys cleaned – 9 Volunteer hours invested – 290 […]
May 31, 2019

Random Acts of Kindness

“Ask yourself: Have you been kind today? Make kindness your modus operandi and change your world.” ~Annie Lennox Here at Extreme Community Makeover, we like to […]
May 29, 2019

The Weirdest Work Day

The May 18th Work Day in the Swansea neighborhood was one of the strangest that ECM has ever seen. It started off like any other sunny […]
May 29, 2019

Go: Westwood 2019

With beautiful weather for the Go: Westwood project on Saturday, May, 4, 250 volunteers participated, over 1,400 volunteer hours were logged, 6 projects were completed, and […]
May 23, 2019

5.18.19 ECM Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Summary of 5.18.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 20 Alleys cleaned – 2 Volunteer hours invested – 60 Photos from this Work Day – […]
May 22, 2019

Sign up for a FREE Learn to Backyard Compost Class

Spring is here, and it’s time to take your recycling and gardening efforts to the next level by learning how to compost in your own backyard! […]
May 17, 2019

Colfax Marathon Participants Run on Behalf of ECM!

The Colfax Marathon is coming up on May 18-19 and Extreme Community Makeover has four relay teams participating in the race! The Colfax Marathon gives runners […]
May 10, 2019

5280 Waste Solutions

Did you know that a big part of the Extreme Community Makeover’s volunteer Work Days is efficient trash removal? ECM uses dumpsters every other Saturday, starting […]
May 8, 2019

Volunteering in the Globeville Neighborhood of Denver

After what seemed to feel like a never-ending winter, spring finally peaked it’s beautiful head out on a gratifying and warm Saturday morning in the Globeville […]
May 8, 2019

5.4.19 Go: Westwood – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 5.4.19 Go: Westwood: Volunteers who participated – 235 Projects completed – 6 Alameda Avenue cleanup, Cuatro Vientos Park cleanup, Munroe Elementary School art and garden […]
May 2, 2019

May Extreme Endeavors: How Can You Get Your Hands Dirty?

Spring has sprung (debatable on some days recently) and Work Days have begun! Each year we pick a theme and this year that theme is “Get […]
May 2, 2019

Go:Westwood: Block Party Food Partners

If you haven’t heard about Go:Westwood, it’s one of the biggest volunteer Work Days Extreme Community Makeover hosts, hundreds of volunteers participating each year. This year’s […]
April 30, 2019

Get Your Hands Dirty – How We Might Inspire Others

As mentioned on the Extreme Community Makeover website; we pick a theme each year based on the ECM mission.  This year’s theme is “Get Your Hands […]
April 26, 2019

4.20.19 ECM Work Day – Globeville Neighborhood

Summary of 4.20.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 15 Projects completed – 4 Volunteer hours invested – 67.5 Photos from this Work Day – click […]
April 24, 2019

Denver Recycles: Save the Date! The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale is Saturday, May 4

Denver residents looking to start the garden and landscaping season off right won’t want to miss Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 4, 2019 […]
April 19, 2019

Denver Neighborhood Parks

Spring is here, and summer is just around the corner. One of the best things about summer is enjoying our neighborhood parks. Here are a list […]
April 12, 2019

Independent Sector: Estimated National Value of Each Volunteer Hour

  Repost Estimated National Value of Each Volunteer Hour  Volunteers in the United States are 63 million strong and hold up the foundation of civil society. […]
April 10, 2019

Get Your Hands Dirty!

As you may know, each year, Extreme Community Makeover picks a theme. We pick the themes based on the overall vision of ECM. Past year’s themes […]
April 10, 2019

4.6.19 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

Summary of 4.6.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 130 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 14 Alleys cleaned – 6 Volunteer hours invested – 780 […]
April 4, 2019

April Extreme Endeavors: Are You Ready to Volunteer?

We had our Spring Kickoff last week and the Work Day season begins again this Saturday, so we have lots of events and projects underway. In […]
April 3, 2019

National Volunteer Week: Let’s Celebrate Volunteering in Denver

National Volunteer Week is April 7th through April 13th, so it’s time to celebrate volunteering in Denver! Volunteer service impacts our communities and neighborhoods in a positive […]
March 27, 2019

Denver Recycles: Refuse & Reuse for Less Waste

Even better than recycling, the number one way to reduce waste is to not create it in the first place. Not creating waste requires refusing disposable items, and reusing and repairing products […]
March 22, 2019

Work Day Sponsors: Elyria Swansea Globeville Business Association

ECM welcomes all levels of financial support from churches, companies, individuals, organizations, and schools. We have ECM Work Day partnership opportunities for each of our Saturday […]
March 19, 2019

March Extreme Endeavors: Spring Is Coming Soon

Even though there has been no shortage of cold and snowy weather recently, spring is coming soon…hopefully! And the Work Day season is about to begin […]
March 14, 2019

Did Someone Say “Happy Hour” ? :-)

  Extreme Community Makeover hosts Happy Hours each month at different restaurant locations in Denver. It’s a time to celebrate volunteering in Denver and to meet new […]
March 8, 2019

We Need Your Help: Donations for Extreme Yard Care Equipment

Our social enterprise business, Extreme Yard Care, is growing! All this growth requires equipment for existing projects, as well as new equipment to expand our scope […]
February 22, 2019

Random Acts of Kindness

“Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle.” ~Ian Maclaren It’s true…everyone is fighting a battle of some sort. Therefore, always remember to […]
February 19, 2019

February Extreme Endeavors: An Extra Special Volunteer Spotlight

You may have noticed that volunteers are at the heart of Extreme Community Makeover. That’s why we like to highlight a few of these amazing individuals […]
February 14, 2019

Volunteer Spotlight: Awarded for Your Service

If you’ve been on the Extreme Teams for a while, you are used to seeing Eric Hofschire around on volunteer Work Days, helping out on the Projects Team. […]
February 6, 2019

Lend a Hand and Adopt-a-Spot in Denver

Denver’s Adopt-a-Spot program is a great resource for residents that are motivated to help keep Denver a clean and safe place to live and play. The […]
February 1, 2019

Church Partners: Serving Denver Alongside Each Other

Denver Community Church Dalyce has been attending Denver Community Church for about six years. She is on the Serve Denver team and Extreme Community Makeover is […]
January 25, 2019

Neighborhood Resources in Central Denver

Extreme Community Makeover serves eight Denver neighborhoods, which include Barnum, Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood. Out of these eight […]
January 23, 2019

January Extreme Endeavors: What’s Up for 2019?

Welcome to a new year! If you’re wondering what’s up for 2019, I was hoping to have the whole year planned out by now, but it’s […]
January 8, 2019

Betty and Smokie

Betty moved to the Villa Park neighborhood 25 years ago with her three sons after her husband passed away. She lives now with her youngest son […]
December 19, 2018

Helping Out My Mom’s Neighborhood

Luis is on the Extreme Teams, Survey Team, and on the Board of Directors for Extreme Community Makeover. He found out about ECM when he was visiting with […]
December 14, 2018

It’s Always Good to Know Your Neighbors

Tom and Sue (this is not their real names because the family wished to remain anonymous)  have lived in their neighborhood for 38 years. They make […]
December 13, 2018

December Extreme Endeavors: A Year (And Years) In Review

We made it through our year long journey of recounting highlights of Extreme Community Makeover over the past 10 years!  What a journey filled with twists and […]
December 7, 2018

Denver Traditions for the Holidays

The city of Denver has much to explore, and especially during the Holidays. We are lucky to live in such a beautiful city and fortunate to […]
November 30, 2018

Remember to Recycle This Holiday Season!

Denver Recycles encourages you to keep waste prevention, recycling and composting in mind as you move into this festive (and often wasteful) time of year. Not only do […]
November 28, 2018

Coast Around Denver with The Local Deck

You don’t have to live in Denver for too long to realize we have the best local restaurants and entertainment spots. We have so many diverse […]
November 16, 2018

November Extreme Endeavors: Launching A Social Enterprise

After reminiscing about ECM highlights over the years, the thing that stands out most about 2017 is that this was the year that we launched our […]
November 14, 2018

A Neighborhood Family

Meggan and her husband Gene recently volunteered with Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) through a group from Regis Jesuit High School. Her three kids attend Regis. Meggan […]
November 8, 2018

MEDIA RELEASE: 10 Years Volunteering in Denver Neighborhoods

  www.ExtremeCommunityMakeover.org Executive Director: Angela Bomgaars angela@extremecommunitymakeover.org 720.235.8847 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   ART IS IN THE AIR Annual Fundraiser Denver – CO (November 7th, 2018) Extreme […]
November 2, 2018

ART IS IN THE AIR 2018

Join us for ART IS IN THE AIR 2018 THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8 @ 7 P.M. It’s gonna be a great night to celebrate volunteering in the […]
October 31, 2018

LeafDrop 2018: Drop Off Your Leaves for FREE This Fall!

Keep your leaves out of the landfill this fall by bringing them to a LeafDrop site near you! By participating in the LeafDrop program, Denver residents decrease their environmental […]
October 30, 2018

2018 Art is in the Air Raffle & Auction Items

Join Extreme Community Makeover to celebrate 10 years of our work in Denver neighborhoods! Art is in the Air is coming up on Thursday, November 8 at […]
October 25, 2018

10.20.18 ECM Work Day – Multiple Neighborhoods

            Summary of 10.20.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 135 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 8 Alleys cleaned – […]
October 25, 2018

The Event of the Year: Art Is in the Air Fundraiser

Tammy and Charles have been volunteering for Art Is in the Air for for five years now. It is their favorite event to do with ECM. […]
October 18, 2018

Joining an Extreme Team

Have you ever volunteered with Extreme Community Makeover and seen those people in the blue shirts? Those people are on Extreme Teams. I have been doing […]
October 10, 2018

10.6.18 ECM Work Day – Villa Park & West Colfax Neighborhoods

              Summary of 10.6.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 75 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 6 Alleys cleaned […]
October 10, 2018

Acts of Kindness

John and Jennifer are your typical neighbors. They are busy raising their kids, they work full-time (Jennifer works in the home), they attend church, and they […]
October 4, 2018

October Extreme Endeavors: The Most Volunteers Ever

Dear Rachel,For those who may just be joining us or catching up, we’ve been on a journey of remembering highlights from each of the past 10 years […]
September 28, 2018

100 Year-Old Denver Gem

Extreme Community Makeover is looking forward to our annual fundraiser Art Is in the Air on Thursday, November 8, at 7 p.m. We will be incorporating some […]
September 26, 2018

9.22.18 ECM Work Day – Globeville Neighborhood

Summary of 9.22.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 95 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 9 Alleys cleaned – 6 Volunteer hours invested – 610 […]
September 24, 2018

Why We Volunteer

“Yay!  It’s the weekend!  Boy, it was a long work week.  I am really looking forward to relaxing, maybe getting some things done around the house, […]
September 20, 2018

Neighborhood Resources in North Denver

Extreme Community Makeover serves eight Denver neighborhoods, which include Barnum, Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood. Of these neighborhoods, three […]
September 14, 2018

Who is your favorite superhero?

Who is your favorite superhero? Batman is a favorite of many of the Extreme Community Makeover volunteers. He is kind, he is helpful, he cares for […]
September 13, 2018

9.8.18 ECM Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Summary of 9.8.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 105 Blocks adopted – 3 Projects completed – 2 Alleys cleaned – 12 Volunteer hours invested – 455 […]
September 7, 2018

Above and Beyond the Call of Service

To be able to give your time volunteering in the community is a great act of service. We are so thankful to the organizations that make […]
September 7, 2018

September Extreme Endeavors: Volunteers from Around the World

We’re moving closer to 2018 in our journey of reflecting upon the past ten years of Extreme Community Makeover’s existence and this month we land on […]
September 6, 2018

Community Art Contest

Art is in the Air Call for Creatives: Be Kind. Do Good. CREATIVE BRIEF This event is an annual fundraiser focused on community, connection, and creativity. […]
August 31, 2018

New to Denver and Going Extreme

Denver is the place to be and the city is getting flooded with new residents daily. Andrea just moved here from South Carolina. She decided it […]
August 30, 2018

Volunteer Group Gains ‘Sense Of Community’ During Neighborhood Cleanups

Watch CBS Denver’s news story and click, here. By Michael Abeyta DENVER (CBS4) – On a warm sunny Saturday morning, a group of volunteers worked free of […]
August 30, 2018

From the Project to People – It’s a Small World After All

Summer is beginning to wind down- school busses are taking to the streets again, football is finding its way back onto television screens, and colder weather […]
August 29, 2018

Be Kind and Do Good!

One of Extreme Community Makeover’s mottos is Be Kind Do Good. We appreciate all our volunteers who are taking that extra step to be kind and do […]
August 29, 2018

Pay it Forward Parking

We have all experienced this at one time or another. We think we have paid attention to street signs…and then we walk out to our car […]
August 28, 2018

8.25.18 ECM Work Day – La Alma/Lincoln Park Neighborhood

Summary of 8.25.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 10 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested – 40 Photos from this Work Day – […]
August 11, 2018

8.11.18 ECM Work Day – Elyria Neighborhood

RingCentral St. Andrew United Methodist Church Youth Individuals Summary of 8.11.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated –25 Projects completed – 2 Alleys cleaned – 2 […]
August 7, 2018

August Extreme Endeavors: Coordinating Lots of Volunteers

If you’ve been getting this newsletter for a while, you know we’ve been reflecting on each of the past ten years since Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) […]
July 28, 2018

7.28.18 ECM Work Day – Globeville Neighborhood

Legacy High School National Honor Society Individuals Summary of 7.28.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 30 Alleys cleaned – 5 Volunteer hours invested – […]
July 26, 2018

7.24.18 & 7.26.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 7.24.18 & 7.26.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 100 Projects completed – 6 Alleys cleaned – 16 Volunteer hours invested – 460D […]
July 23, 2018

7.17.18 & 7.19.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

  Summary of 7.17.18 & 7.19.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 190 Projects completed – 3 Alleys cleaned – 20 Volunteer hours invested – […]
July 17, 2018

7.14.18 ECM Work Day – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 7.14.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 50 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 4 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested […]
July 16, 2018

7.10.18 & 7.12.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

                      Summary of 7.10.18 & 7.12.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 55 Projects completed […]
July 12, 2018

July Extreme Endeavors: Doing Our ECM Thing

  As we continue reflecting on the past ten years of Extreme Community Makeover’s work, we reach 2013. This year marked five years of doing our […]
July 10, 2018

7.3.18 & 7.5.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 7.3.18 & 7.5.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 45 Projects completed – 5 Alleys cleaned – 1 Volunteer hours invested – 250 […]
July 9, 2018

Mentoring the Next Generation

Mentoring can go undervalued in our culture. Life can get so hectic and busy, we are unable to even think about giving our time to mentor […]
July 6, 2018

In the Community to Build Relationships

In order to build healthy communities, we need to build relationships in those communities. Communities thrive when community members are involved in each other’s lives. God’s […]
July 2, 2018

6.26.18 & 6.28.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 6.26.18 & 6.28.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 50 Projects completed – 5 Alleys cleaned – 2 Volunteer hours invested – 290 […]
June 28, 2018

How To Be Kind & Do Good!

  Join the Neighbor to Neighbor Club Our theme this year is “Be Kind. Do Good.” There are a number of opportunities to show up and […]
June 27, 2018

6.19.18 & 6.21.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 6.19.18 & 6.21.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 165 Projects completed – 2 Alleys cleaned – 21 Volunteer hours invested – 990 […]
June 26, 2018

With Every Word

Community, participation, relationships, volunteer, service, neighbor; these are just some of the words I think of when I approach the beginning of each ECM Work Day.  […]
June 19, 2018

6.16.18 ECM Work Day – Villa Park Neighborhood

Summary of 6.16.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 5 Projects completed – 1 Volunteer hours invested – 20 Photos from this Work Day – […]
June 19, 2018

6.12.18 & 6.14.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

              Summary of 6.12.18 & 6.14.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 95 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed […]
June 14, 2018

June Extreme Endeavors: Expanding to Elyria Swansea in 2012!

  Our trip down memory lane of the past ten years of Extreme Community Makeover takes us to 2012. During that year, ECM expanded its reach […]
June 13, 2018

Give Yourself a Break This Summer by Grasscycling

Save yourself time and energy this growing season by grasscycling, which is the process of leaving your grass clippings on your lawn after mowing. Grasscycling makes […]