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I’ve always had a longing to tell stories, so when I stumbled across an organization searching for a video producer, I volunteered. I joined Extreme Community Makeover because I wanted to develop my skills as a video editor but I got so much more. I not only learned my trade as a video producer but I was seeing parts of Denver no one sees and I was meeting community members I never expected to meet. I saw communities come together to make their neighborhoods shine. It is amazing to see community members come together on work days and work so hard for one another. Residents are so appreciative of the work we do and so happy to be apart of a community that looks out for one another.

My first big interview was Angela, a 64 year old Swansea resident taking care of her 84 year old mother. She had tears of gratitude in her eyes that day for the people helping her. Like many of us, Angela had experienced her fair share of misfortune in recent years. After closing her business and recovering from a stroke, she was unable to keep up with the daily demands of being a homeowner. Her story showed me that what ECM does makes a great deal of difference. We touch people’s lives. We celebrate with them in their triumph, and comfort them in their despair. And I get to tell their stories.

It’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.”
– Mother Teresa

Dusty – ECM Video Team


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