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November 8, 2019

LeafDrop 2019: Drop Off Your Leaves for FREE at a LeafDrop Site Near You This Fall

WEEKEND SITES ARE NOW OPEN Did you know? Organic materials such as leaves, branches, grass clippings, and food scraps make up almost 50% of what Denver residents send […]
November 1, 2019

Key Group: Pinnacle Real Estate Advisors, The Newell Team

It takes both volunteer people power and financial resources to support the work ECM is doing, so that’s why we launched the Key Groups and we appreciate Newell Team joining us!
October 23, 2019

Local Denver Businesses of Note in West Colfax!

Nowadays, the streets of West Colfax are filled with shopping centers, healthcare facilities and commercial offices that blend with residences in this Hispanic and Asian multi-ethnic neighborhood.
October 23, 2019

10.19.19 ECM Work Day – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 10.19.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 15 Projects completed – 3 Alleys cleaned – 2 Volunteer hours invested – 60 Photos from […]
October 17, 2019

October Extreme Endeavors: We Are Throwing A Party!

It's hard to believe we are nearing the end of another Work Day season! With our final Saturday this weekend and a final weekday group next week, I would like to say thank you to everyone who has given their time as a volunteer this year. And as we celebrate a great year, the ECM way to celebrate is to throw a party / fundraiser, which is Art is in the Air. I hope you can join us on November 7!
October 9, 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.
October 9, 2019

10.5.19 ECM Work Day – West Colfax Neighborhood

Summary of 10.5.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 65 Projects completed – 4 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested – 260 Photos from […]
October 2, 2019

Local Denver Businesses of Note in Westwood!

Extreme Community Makeover serves eight Denver neighborhoods: Barnum, Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood. We take pride in serving these Denver neighborhoods to prosper and be healthy.
September 27, 2019

Extreme Teams Efforts: Deep Thoughts from Jack Handey

We all have our own reasons for volunteering, and I am sure most of our intentions are noble but, can and do our personal agendas and intentions get in the way of the spirit of helping, and service? I think sometimes, yes; how can they not…. we are human, and we are works in progress.
September 25, 2019

9.21.19 ECM Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Summary of 9.21.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 55 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 8 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested […]
September 12, 2019

September Extreme Endeavors: Denver Gothic…Volunteer Style

During our volunteer days, we have lots of people participating and have all kinds of personalities shining through that put their unique stamp on what we're doing. During a recent volunteer day, a few volunteers had fun recreating their version of American Gothic, which we will call "Denver Gothic"...volunteer style.
September 11, 2019

Get Your Hands Dirty in Denver!

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 were Be Kind. Do Good; Be a Good Neighbor; and Growing Deep Roots. This year’s theme is Get Your Hands Dirty. Along with each theme, we have t-shirts available to spread that message during the volunteer season.
September 9, 2019

9.7.19 ECM Work Day – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 9.7.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 75 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 5 Alleys cleaned – 4 Volunteer hours invested […]
September 6, 2019

ECM’s Volunteer Reach!

Extreme Community Makeover not only reaches people in the state of Colorado, but also beyond this beautiful state. We've had volunteers from 21 other states so far! Volunteers hear about us online by googling volunteer opportunities in Denver.
August 30, 2019

Painting with a Purpose: Thursday, September 5

Our theme this year is Get Your Hands Dirty! We offer a variety of ways, on our Volunteer Work Days, to get your hands dirty with lots of outdoor projects, including painting someone's house or fence, removing graffiti, etc.
August 27, 2019

8.24.19 ECM Work Day – La Alma/Lincoln Park Neighborhood

Summary of 8.24.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 50 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 5 Alleys cleaned – 3 Volunteer hours invested […]
August 15, 2019

Got Old Paint? Bring it to the FREE PaintCare Collection Event on August 24

ark your calendar! PaintCare is hosting a paint collection event on Saturday, August 24, from 8 AM to 3 PM at South High School (1700 E. Louisana Ave.). Don’t miss out on this free and convenient opportunity to get old, unwanted paint out of your home. Signing up for this event is as easy as creating an appointment at www.paint-denver-south-high.eventbrite.com.
August 11, 2019

8.10.19 ECM Work Day – Elyria Neighborhood

Summary of 8.10.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 10 Projects completed – 3 Volunteer hours invested – 40 Photos from this Work Day – […]
August 8, 2019

August Extreme Endeavors: What’s Happening With ECM This Month

I hope you are enjoying this last month of summer when the weather starts cooling down (some days) and the days get a little shorter. We have a couple of volunteer days coming up this month, if you haven't had a chance to volunteer yet this year. But we also have our Volunteer Appreciation BBQ coming up on Sunday!
August 7, 2019

Volunteer Appreciation BBQ!

On Sunday, August 11, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., we'll be hosting a Volunteer Appreciation BBQ/Fun Day and we'd love for you to join us! We always have a blast at our BBQs. It's a day of fun and celebrating volunteering in Denver.
August 6, 2019

Building Tomorrow One Block at a Time

Volunteering is a great opportunity to connect with the community, to meet people from across the city, from all walks of life. On July 27th, we at Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) ‘got our hands dirty’ with the Rock Canyon High School Football Team in Denver’s Globeville community!
August 2, 2019

Become a Work Day Sponsor!

There are a variety of ways that individuals, churches, organizations, schools and companies can give back to Extreme Community Makeover. One of them, you may not know about, is becoming a Work Day Sponsor.
August 2, 2019

7.27.19 ECM Work Day – Globeville Neighborhood

Summary of 7.27.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 45 Blocks adopted – 3 Projects completed – 10 Volunteer hours invested – 270 Photos from […]
August 2, 2019

7.23.19 & 7.25.19 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 7.23.19 & 7.25.19 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 180 Projects completed – 6 Alleys cleaned – 33 Volunteer hours invested – 970 […]
July 24, 2019

7.16.19 & 7.18.19 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 7.16.19 & 7.18.19 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 40 Projects completed – 2 Alleys cleaned – 1 Volunteer hours invested – 132.5 […]
July 19, 2019

Denver Neighborhoods: Notecards

If you are familiar with the neighborhoods Extreme Community Makeover serves, you know there are eight Denver neighborhoods where volunteer Work Days take place. These neighborhoods are Barnum, Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood.
July 18, 2019

July Extreme Endeavors: Summer is in Full Swing

Summer is in full swing around Extreme Community Makeover and we have had lots of volunteers cross our path this summer from Denver and other places around the country!
July 17, 2019

7.13.19 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

Summary of 7.13.19 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 25 Projects completed – 2 Volunteer hours invested – 100 Photos from this Work Day – […]
July 17, 2019

7.9.19 & 7.11.19 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

Summary of 7.9.19 & 7.11.19 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 60 Alleys cleaned – 11 Volunteer hours invested – 387.5 Photos from this Work […]
July 17, 2019

Volunteering with ECM Advice!

We asked some volunteers what their advice would be to a first time ECM volunteer and here is what they had to say:
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 […]