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June 30, 2017

Look, We Have a Yard!

About 20 people gathered and faced a nearly 6-foot-tall stack of wood, metal, and other debris in the corner of Teresa Rankin’s backyard on Saturday morning […]
June 29, 2017

What are some qualities of a person with good character?

On Tuesday, June 13, 2017 we had 500 young adults participating in community projects around the Villa Park neighborhood. The volunteers were from Red Rocks Church. […]
June 19, 2017

6.17.17 ECM Work Day – Elyria Neighborhood

Summary of 6.17.17 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 10 Projects completed – 1 Volunteer hours invested – 40 Photos from this Work Day – […]
June 15, 2017

June Extreme Endeavors: Nice Comments from Neighbors

  Summer is upon us and we have a lot of volunteers showing up to be good neighbors around Denver. Here are a few of the […]
June 14, 2017

When it’s time to clean, think green!

Extreme Community Makeover is thankful for the companies we partner with. 5280 Waste Solutions has been a partner of ECM for about 2 years. It’s comforting […]
June 5, 2017

6.3.17 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

Summary of 6.3.17 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 30 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 8 Volunteer hours invested – 140 Photos from […]
June 2, 2017

5 Great Waste Reduction Tips for Camping and Picnicking This Summer

Recycling at home with your purple cart is an easy and convenient way to take direct action towards preserving and protecting the environment. Recycling conserves resources, […]
May 26, 2017

Inspiring Higher Education in Your Community

On Saturday, May 20, we had the University of Colorado Boulder Latino Alumni Association, as well as members from the University of Colorado Denver campus, volunteer […]
May 24, 2017

Paving the Way to a Stronger Westwood Neighborhood

On Saturday, April 22, community leaders and residents around the Westwood neighborhood got together to make a difference in the community. Go: Westwood happens every year […]
May 23, 2017

5.20.17 ECM Work Day – West Colfax Neighborhood

Summary of 5.20.17 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 55 Projects completed – 3 Alleys cleaned – 8 Volunteer hours invested – 275 Photos from […]
May 19, 2017

This Neighborhood is One of a Kind

The West Colfax neighborhood is a vibrant community that has a strong heart, and it’s definitely one of a kind. The community is working together to […]
May 19, 2017

A Common Thread

This ECM Work Day was focused on alley clean-up, which gave me the opportunity to chat with our volunteers. As I made my way from volunteer […]
May 17, 2017

Great Denver Cleanup

This Saturday, May 20, is the Great Denver Cleanup. The day is sponsored by Keep Denver Beautiful – a program of Denver Solid Waste Management. This […]
May 12, 2017

Feet on the Ground

Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors, Team Newell, has their “feet on the ground.” They make it a point to volunteer in the neighborhood they also work in. […]
May 10, 2017

5.6.17 ECM Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Summary of 5.6.17 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 25 Alleys cleaned – 5 Volunteer hours invested – 150 Photos from this Work Day – […]
May 5, 2017

May Extreme Endeavors: Make an Impact “One Block at a Time”

  We have a lot of exciting things going on through Extreme Community Makeover right now – the start of a great season of volunteer projects, […]
May 3, 2017

Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 6, 2017

Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale will be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Havana Nursery, […]
April 28, 2017

4.22.17 Go: Westwood – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 4.22.17 Go: Westwood: Volunteers who participated – 475 Projects completed – 5 Alleys cleaned – 40 Volunteer hours invested – 3,120 Photos from this […]
April 26, 2017

The Importance of Great Volunteer Management

On Saturday, April 8th, we had our first Work Day of the year and one of the volunteer groups was a volunteer management class with MSU […]
April 26, 2017

It’s a Feel Good Kinda Thing

Extreme Community Makeover is excited to announce we have our new Program Manager for Extreme Yard Care. Our new social enterprise business is in good hands. […]
April 19, 2017

Under Great Transformation

One of the biggest projects hosted by Extreme Community Makeover each year is Go: Westwood. Every year, hundreds of volunteers and Westwood residents get together to […]
April 15, 2017

Extreme Yard Care Check-In

  Since my last message about Extreme Yard Care, we have made much headway, which is exciting to see how we’re getting closer to launching! Here […]
April 14, 2017

It’s All About Building Teamwork

Building teamwork is critical to the health of any organization and volunteering is a great vehicle to do just that. Employees that volunteer together are employees […]
April 13, 2017

4.8.17 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

Summary of 4.8.17 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 155 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 18 Alleys cleaned – 6 Volunteer hours invested […]
April 12, 2017

Extremely Social: The Social Enterprise Business, Extreme Yard Care

You may have heard the term going around, “social enterprise.” The term has become very popular nowadays. These types of businesses are designed to improve local […]
April 7, 2017

Guiding the Next Generation

One of the community pillars in the Westwood neighborhood is Redeemer Lutheran Church of Denver. The church is located at 3300 West Nevada Place in Denver. […]
April 6, 2017

April Extreme Endeavors: Let’s Get This Party Started

  Let’s get this party…Work Days…started! Our projects are begin again this weekend and we are looking forward to it! With around 125 volunteers who have a […]
March 22, 2017

Denver Recycles’ Guide to Spring Cleaning

As you clean out your home and garden this spring, don’t miss out on the opportunity to make the most of the regularly scheduled services offered […]
March 21, 2017

Today’s the Day – Our Crowdfunding Campaign for Extreme Yard Care Is Live!

  During the past couple of months, I’ve been sharing about the social enterprise we are starting, Extreme Yard Care, which will be a lawn care […]
March 18, 2017

Extreme Yard Care is Coming!!

  Last month I told you about our exciting social enterprise project to start a lawn care business that will provide employment opportunities to those living […]
March 17, 2017

Were Saints the First Volunteers?

The Verb Volunteering Do you ever wonder, who were the first volunteers? Volunteering may have been around since humans built societies. But, where did the word […]
March 13, 2017

March Extreme Endeavors: How Are We Building Community?

  What is community? A Google search comes up with these definitions: a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic […]
March 10, 2017

The Neighborhood That Embodies Culture and Diversity

You might not have know that this Denver neighborhood is represented in Denver’s City Seal. The tall smokestack, depicts the smelting industry era centered in the […]
March 3, 2017

It’s All About Community

Extreme Community Makeover is big on getting the city of Denver involved in experiencing real community, neighbors meeting neighbors and folks helping each other out. Feeling […]
March 2, 2017

Ready to Kick Off a Great Year with ECM?

  I would be honored if you could join me to celebrate the work Extreme Community Makeover is doing in Denver neighborhoods during a fun evening at […]
March 2, 2017

Spring Kick-Off

Spring is on its way and Extreme Community Makeover is kicking it off in style. We are hosting our annual Spring Kick-Off at Converge Denver on […]
February 23, 2017

Decoding Plastics Recycling in Denver

Denver Recycles makes it easy for residents to recycle most household plastic packaging. Denver recyclers are encouraged to place all rigid or hard plastic containers (like […]
February 17, 2017

Heart Transformation

Marty Plachko has been participating in volunteering with Extreme Community Makeover for about five years now. He’s helped in a leadership capacity, where he’s organized volunteer […]
February 16, 2017

February Extreme Endeavors: Choose One Way to Get Involved

  2017 is going to be an exciting year for Extreme Community Makeover! If you didn’t see our message last week about the social enterprise we’re launching, […]
February 10, 2017

Volunteering is Heart Healthy

February is the month of love and we are all focused on the heart. No doubt a heart in love is a healthy heart, but are […]
February 10, 2017

We’re Launching A Social Enterprise – And Need Your Help!

Last summer we conducted a survey. You may or may not have taken that survey, but we asked you about your lawn care and yard service needs. […]
February 3, 2017

Help Denver Recycles Keep Your Recyclables Flowing Smoothly

Setting your purple cart out for collection every-other-week is just the beginning of the recycling process. After collection, Denver Recycles trucks and crew members transport your […]
February 1, 2017

Get Involved in Extreme Teams

Did you know that there are more ways than one to get involved with Extreme Community Makeover? We have the Extreme Teams, which offers 10 different […]
January 20, 2017

The Neighborhood That Hosts the National Western Stock Show

We bet you know that the National Western Stock Show is going on, but do you know what neighborhood that is? That would be the Elyria […]
January 18, 2017

Spotlighted on KGNU Community Radio

Our Executive Director, Angela Bomgaars, was interviewed on KGNU Community Radio, on the program Dot Org, on January 16, 2017. You can listen to the interview […]
January 13, 2017

Make Your Quality of Life a Priority

When you sit down with Yousef, you immediately notice that he is laid-back, humble and very content with life. This young business owner approaches life with […]
January 11, 2017

Resolve to Recycle Even More in 2017

Start the year off right by reducing more of your waste in 2017! Denver Recycles is here to help you, and they’ve compiled some tips for […]
January 6, 2017

January Extreme Endeavors: A New Year with New Possibilities

  A new year filled with new possibilities! I am eagerly looking forward to what this year holds for Extreme Community Makeover as there are exciting […]
December 19, 2016

December Extreme Endeavors: 2016 Year in Review

  As we near the end of 2016, it’s a great time to pause and reflect on the year. Here’s a glimpse into what 2016 looked […]
December 16, 2016

‘Tis the Season to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle!

The holidays are a special time full of family, food, traditions and, unfortunately, waste. Lots of waste! The U.S. E.P.A. estimates that American households generate 25% […]
December 9, 2016

Volunteering Is Good for Your Physical Health

Sure, we all know volunteering is good for your emotional health, but is it also good for your physical health? The emotional benefits have been studied […]
December 2, 2016

Building Community by Fostering Friendships

Joel and Louan have been volunteering with Extreme Community Makeover from the first year it started, since 2008. ECM came to their neighborhood that year and […]
November 26, 2016

Thanksgiving Leftover Recipes

It’s the day after Thanksgiving and our refrigerators are full of leftover food and turkey. It’s fun to snack on the food as is, but you […]
November 17, 2016

November Extreme Endeavors: Our Volunteer Reach

  What an amazing year 2016 has been for Extreme Community Makeover!  We had a record number, 4,000+ volunteers who participated in Work Days. And many […]
November 10, 2016

Raffle, Silent & Live Auction Items for Art is in the Air

We are looking forward to a great night coming up and would like to invite you to join Extreme Community Makeover to celebrate our work in […]
November 1, 2016

ART IS IN THE AIR

Join us to celebrate Extreme Community Makeover’s work in partnership with volunteers and residents as we serve our Denver communities together. Our annual fundraiser, Art is […]
October 28, 2016

Mending Fences

Barnum resident, Danielle, got her fence fixed on August 13, 2016. ECM is not only mending fences in the physical sense, but we are bridging the […]
October 26, 2016

10.22.16 ECM Work Day – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 10.22.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 120 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 11 Alleys cleaned – 8 Volunteer hours invested – 710 Photos […]
October 19, 2016

Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware Partner to Increase Leaf Composting

This fall, keep your leaves out of the landfill by composting them through Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop program!  Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware stores are once again […]
October 15, 2016

The Neighborhood That Has Something for Everyone

The La Alma/Lincoln Park neighborhood is definitely a Denver treasure and one of the neighborhoods where Extreme Community Makeover works. In previous years, it was voted one […]
October 12, 2016

10.8.16 ECM Work Day – Villa Park & West Colfax Neighborhoods

Summary of 10.8.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 110 Blocks adopted – 3 Projects completed – 9 Alleys cleaned – 7 Volunteer hours invested – 485 Photos […]
September 30, 2016

The Feel Good Lifestyle

It’s always great to see a husband and wife team volunteering together. On any given ECM Work Day, you will see Connie and her husband, Kenny, […]
September 28, 2016

Meaningful Acts of Service that Encourage Human Connectedness

My family and I lived in Dublin, Ireland for about 6 years assisting in the launch of a nonprofit initiative called Serve the City. While we […]
September 28, 2016

9.24.16 ECM Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Summary of 9.24.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 75 Blocks adopted – 3 Projects completed – 14 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested – 390 Photos […]
September 21, 2016

Mr. Grateful

On Saturday August 13, 2016, Extreme Community Makeover helped a Barnum resident, John, with painting his house and doing some yard work. John was extremely grateful […]
September 15, 2016

9.10.16 ECM Work Day – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 9.10.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 195 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 7 Alleys cleaned – 11 Volunteer hours invested – 850 Photos […]
September 8, 2016

Recycle Right! The Do’s and Don’ts of Recycling

Recycling in Denver is easy, but it’s important that residents only place acceptable recyclables in their purple carts. The sorting equipment at Denver’s recycling processor is […]
August 31, 2016

A Rosy Smile

Bringing a smile to the face of people like Rose, is why we do what we do. On August 13, 2016, Extreme Community Makeover volunteers helped […]
August 29, 2016

8.27.16 ECM Work Day – La Alma/Lincoln Park Neighborhood

Summary of 8.27.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 20 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested – 100 Photos from this Work Day – click […]
August 26, 2016

Passing on Gratitude and Purpose

Mentorship is the greatest gift you can give someone. To pass on your values, your skills, your beliefs to another person is a true treasure. Cindy […]
August 14, 2016

8.13.16 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

Summary of 8.13.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 40 Projects completed – 4 Volunteer hours invested – 220 Photos from this Work Day – […]
August 12, 2016

Denver to Host Free Paint Recycling Collection Event on August 27th

It’s time to get rid of all of your stockpiled and leftover paint! Denver Recycles and PaintCare® are hosting a FREE paint recycling collection event on […]
August 5, 2016

The Gift of Service

The fun thing about ECM is the variety of tasks associated with each new Work Day. Our volunteers get the opportunity to participate in a range […]
August 4, 2016

7.30.16 ECM Work Day – Globeville Neighborhood

Summary of 7.30.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 185 Blocks adopted – 7 Projects completed – 31 Volunteer hours invested – 1,110 Photos from […]
August 4, 2016

Globeville gets community makeover for Denver Days, nearly 200 volunteers on hand

By    ELLIS ARNOLD | earnold@denverpost.com PUBLISHED: July 30, 2016 at 3:30 pm | UPDATED: July 30, 2016 at 9:06 pm Article by the Denver Post: 150 […]
July 29, 2016

Denver Days and Volunteer Appreciation

Denver Days Kickoff Denver Days is about to kickoff. This year, Denver Days is held on July 30th through August 7th. The Denver Post wrote a […]
July 22, 2016

Park It at Barnum

Barnum is one of the eight Denver neighborhoods that Extreme Community Makeover serves in. The neighborhood is named after P.T. Barnum (Barnum & Bailey Circus). History […]
July 21, 2016

7.16.16 ECM Work Day – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 7.16.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 150 Blocks adopted – 8 Projects completed – 20 Alleys improved – 2 Volunteer hours invested – […]
July 15, 2016

Beyond the Work Day: The Hope of Ubuntu

There’s a South African philosophy called Ubuntu that was famously embraced by human rights heroes like Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. It essentially says this: We […]
July 6, 2016

7th Annual Graffiti “Brush Off” & Litter Cleanup

Denver Partners Against Graffiti is looking for 200 volunteers, of all ages, to pick up litter and paint out graffiti vandalism on the Federal Blvd. corridor! […]
July 2, 2016

Working Towards Building Up Industry and Community

On Thursday, June 2, Extreme Community Makeover organized an Industry Work Day geared towards people working in the real estate industry. Heritage Title Company, PorchLight Real […]
June 24, 2016

Describe in One Word

What one word would you use to describe a good neighbor? What one word would you use to describe Extreme Community Makeover? We asked some ECM […]
June 23, 2016

6.18.16 ECM Work Day – Elyria Neighborhood

Summary of 6.18.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 35 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 7 Alleys cleaned – 1 Volunteer hours invested […]
June 17, 2016

Recycling Tips from the Road

Did you know that Denver Recycles crews collected over 37,000 tons of recyclables in 2015? That’s nearly 300,000 pounds of materials collected each and every day! […]
June 10, 2016

Good Gardening in Colorado

Colorado is beautiful in so many ways in the summer. We get to enjoy the beautiful backdrop of the Rocky Mountains, breathe in the crisp mountain […]
June 8, 2016

6.4.16 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

Summary of 6.4.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 25 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 3 Alleys cleaned – 2 Volunteer hours invested […]
June 3, 2016

ECM Has Truly Amazing People

As the sun came out, ECM volunteers and residents basked in the sun on this particular Work Day. Well, we didn’t bask in the sun, but […]
May 27, 2016

Video Testimonial, Sandra

Sandra lives in one of our eight Denver volunteer neighborhoods, Swansea. It is people like Sandra that inspire us to do what we do. The 8 […]
May 25, 2016

5.21.16 ECM Work Day – West Colfax Neighborhood

Summary of 5.21.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 125 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 8 Alleys cleaned – 13 Volunteer hours invested […]
May 20, 2016

Volunteering is Good for Business

Denver business owner Patrick Dahnert knows first hand the benefits of volunteering. Patrick is one of the owners of Essex Financial Services LLC in Denver and […]
May 13, 2016

Great Denver Cleanup

SATURDAY MAY 21 — 9AM to 2PM MARK YOUR CALENDAR AND PLAN YOUR CLEANUP PROJECTS NOW What is the Great Denver Cleanup? The annual, 1-day, citywide […]
May 10, 2016

5.7.16 ECM Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Summary of 5.7.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 45 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 3 Alleys cleaned – 10 Volunteer hours invested […]
May 4, 2016

Get Your Compost On! FREE “Learn to Compost” Classes Offered

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 backyard! Learn […]
April 29, 2016

Thank You Go: Westwood Volunteers!

365 volunteers participated to work alongside Westwood residents cleaning up alleys, removing graffiti, doing community art projects, preparing a garden for planting, and doing cleanups alongside […]
April 28, 2016

4.23.16 Go: Westwood – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 4.23.16 Go: Westwood: Volunteers who participated – 365 Groups who participated – Alpha Phi Omega-Mu Pi, BuCu West, Children’s International Summer Village Rocky Mountain […]
April 22, 2016

Connecting the Pieces

We all enjoy doing puzzles. There is a satisfaction in solving the mystery of putting the puzzle pieces together. The beauty of the finished product, after […]
April 14, 2016

Yard Water Drainage

Proper water drainage is critical for preventing your yard from getting ruined and keeping your property safe from a water disaster. If water is allowed to […]
April 14, 2016

4.9.16 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

  Summary of 4.9.16 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 130 Blocks adopted – 4 Projects completed – 13 Alleys cleaned – 6 Volunteer hours […]
April 8, 2016

Denver Digs Trees

The Denver Digs Trees program is a great resource for Denver residents. It helps residents cultivate greener, healthier, more livable communities. This unique program provides Denver […]