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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 […]
June 12, 2018

Connecting to Your Community

It’s amazing how we can live somewhere for a number of years, but not truly feel connected to our community. This is how Diana felt, even […]
June 11, 2018

6.5.18 & 6.7.18 ECM Work Days – Multiple Neighborhoods

  Summary of 6.5.18 & 6.7.18 ECM Work Days: Volunteers who participated – 85 Blocks adopted – 1 Projects completed – 6 Alleys cleaned – 10 […]
June 9, 2018

Generation Us

Mission– Extreme Community Makeover coordinates volunteer teams to partner with underserved people to improve their own homes and neighborhoods.  These projects build safer environments; cultivate community […]
June 4, 2018

6.2.18 ECM Work Day – Elyria Neighborhood

Summary of 6.2.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 15 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 7 Volunteer hours invested – 90 Photos from […]
June 2, 2018

Neighborhood Resources in West Denver

Extreme Community Makeover serves in eight Denver neighborhoods, which include Barnum, Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, West Colfax, and Westwood. Of these neighborhoods, […]
June 1, 2018

Help Keep Denver Beautiful by Recycling at the Great Denver Cleanup on June 9th

If a cleanup around your home or neighborhood is on your spring to-do list, then you won’t want to miss out on the opportunity to participate […]
May 28, 2018

Be Kind and Do Good

Some days bring sunshine, some days bring rain, but regardless of the weather, every day brings the opportunity to Be Kind and Do Good. Saturday morning […]
May 21, 2018

Heritage Hearts in Partnership

Nowadays, companies understand the value of taking part in company volunteerism. It’s good to create a culture of giving back at the work place. Heritage Title […]
May 21, 2018

5.19.18 ECM Work Day – West Colfax Neighborhood

Summary of 5.19.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 80 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 5 Alleys cleaned – 4 Volunteer hours invested […]
May 14, 2018

Side By Side

I have a daily practice of calling to my conscience the feelings of appreciation, gratitude, compassion, and service.  This practice creates for me a positive outlook […]
May 11, 2018

Elevate Your Company Volunteerism

Ardent Mills had their Elevate Quality Leader Conference in Denver recently. Every year, they host a leadership conference and choose a different state. They also choose a […]
May 10, 2018

May Extreme Endeavors: Becoming a 501(c)(3) in 2011!

  As we continue sharing more about the history of Extreme Community Makeover (ECM), we come to 2011. By this time, we have been going for […]
May 9, 2018

A Denverite’s Guide to Composting Methods: Find What’s Right for Your Home!

Even though Denverites are recycling and composting more and more each year, an alarming amount of“good stuff” (otherwise known as recyclable and compostable material) is still […]
May 8, 2018

Get Out and Enjoy Denver!

Spring, Summer, and Fall are beautiful in Colorado. Sure, we enjoy the snow, but when the weather is warmer, we can get out and experience Colorado’s […]
May 7, 2018

5.5.18 ECM Work Day – Swansea Neighborhood

Summary of 5.5.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 5 Alleys cleaned – 2 Volunteer hours invested – 22.5 Photos from this Work Day – […]
May 2, 2018

Volunteer To Do’s & Don’ts

Extreme Community Makeover’s List of Volunteer To Do’s: 1) Arrive on time 2) Be courteous 3) Be positive 4) Be respectful 5) Finish the job/project 6) Get to know others you’re working […]
May 2, 2018

Save the Date: The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 5, 2018

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 5, 2018 […]
April 26, 2018

4.21.18 Go: Westwood – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 4.21.18 Go: Westwood: Volunteers who participated – 215 Projects completed – 3 (Alameda Avenue, Morrison Road, Munroe Elementary School) Alleys cleaned – 36 Volunteer hours […]
April 18, 2018

Let’s Welcome In Our New Hires!

It’s an exciting time for Extreme Community Makeover. We just celebrated our ten year anniversary, this past March, at Converge Denver. We are kicking off the second year of […]
April 18, 2018

What Can Extreme Yard Care Take Care of For You?

  As you may or may not know, last year Extreme Community Makeover launched a social enterprise lawn service called Extreme Yard Care, with the following […]
April 12, 2018

4.7.18 ECM Work Day – Barnum Neighborhood

              Summary of 4.7.18 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 165 Blocks adopted – 11 Projects completed – 10 […]
April 6, 2018

The Search for Your Next Volunteer Experience

Volunteering adds value to our lives. When we help others, it allows us to see the world from a different perspective and gain a positive, life-changing […]
April 5, 2018

April Extreme Endeavors: More Neighborhoods in 2010

  In continuing our historical journey of the past ten years of Extreme Community Makeover, we worked in four neighborhoods after 2008 and 2009 (Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln […]
April 5, 2018

Run the Colfax Marathon!

Are you ready to lace up those running shoes? The Colfax Marathon is around the corner and Extreme Community Makeover is excited to announce we are […]
March 28, 2018

Denver Neighborhood Eats

No doubt, Denver has a lot to offer when looking for a place to eat. Denver neighborhoods are thriving and opening up new restaurants, it seems, […]
March 23, 2018

Make Yours A Healthy Home – Schedule A Hazardous Waste Collection Appointment

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, […]
March 21, 2018

Your Creativity Needs a Community

“Your creativity needs a community,” this is one of the mottos of Converge Denver. They believe community is critical to inspire and bring out the best potential […]
March 16, 2018

March Extreme Endeavors: Adding New Neighborhoods in 2009

  Last month, I shared how Extreme Community Makeover began in the Villa Park and West Colfax neighborhoods in 2008. As we moved ahead into 2009, […]
March 13, 2018

How Much Good Can 10 Years Do?

This year is Extreme Community Makeover’s 10 Year Anniversary. And, time does fly when you are doing a lot of good! We’ve accomplished so much good […]
March 9, 2018

The Best Volunteer Experience in Town!

Volunteering on the Extreme Teams for Extreme Community Makeover is one of the best volunteer experiences in town! What better way to use your time and energy by utilizing your skills and […]
March 2, 2018

We’re Hiring + We’re Celebrating!

  WE ARE HIRING! We currently have two open positions and are looking for the right person. Could it be you? Or do you know someone […]
February 28, 2018

Sign up for Extreme Teams!

Hello. My name is Rachel and I am on the Extreme Teams, Communications Team. I get to find stories to share about this great Denver nonprofit […]
February 21, 2018

Extreme Yard Care: Extreme Community Makeover’s Social Enterprise Business

Extreme Yard Care (EYC) began in the spring of 2017, launched as a social enterprise of Extreme Community Makeover (ECM). The goals of the social enterprise business include providing economic opportunity […]
February 16, 2018

February Extreme Endeavors: How Did ECM Began? A Flashback to 2008

  As I mentioned in last month’s email, 2018 is the year we are celebrating 10 years of Extreme Community Makeover! Each month I’m going to […]
February 7, 2018

Love & Denver Composts!

February is here, and that means Denverite’s are purchasing more boxed chocolates and cut flowers this month than any other month of the year. If you […]
January 31, 2018

Bring Out Your Best!

We’ve all heard the saying, “You are who you hang out with.” The people in our lives influence us, whether for good or for bad. This […]
January 24, 2018

There Are People That Care

Extreme Teams member, Barbara Hatch, has been on the Projects Team for six years now. She truly enjoys being an Extreme Teams member because she feels […]
January 19, 2018

Your New Year Resolution to Volunteer More in 2018

It’s a new year and giving back and volunteering in your community is a great new year resolution. So, good for you for choosing to volunteer […]
January 18, 2018

January Extreme Endeavors:10 Years of Extreme Community Makeover in 2018!

2018 is an exciting year for Extreme Community Makeover, since it’s the year we celebrate our 10 year anniversary! Each month, I thought it would be […]
January 10, 2018

Resolve to Recycle Even More in 2018

A new year is upon us, and as with tradition, it’s time to reflect, set goals, and make commitments for the new year.  This year, Denver […]
August 11, 2017

A Couple That Volunteers Together, Stays Together

On any given volunteer Work Day, you might see Patrick and Kenzie Dahnert volunteering together. And, if you do, make sure you say hello to the […]
August 10, 2017

August Extreme Endeavors

One of the neat things to witness through the projects we do are the amazing people who live here in Denver that I would probably not […]
August 8, 2017

Denver Community Church

Extreme Community Makeover is very thankful for all our partners. We have great organizations, churches, and businesses helping to support what we do on a monthly […]
July 31, 2017

7.29.17 ECM Work Day – Globeville Neighborhood

Summary of 7.29.17 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 20 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 3 Alleys cleaned – 1 Volunteer hours invested […]
July 28, 2017

Give Yourself a Break This Summer by Grasscycling

Summer is here. Save yourself some time and energy this growing season by Grasscycling, which is the process of leaving your grass clippings on your lawn […]
July 26, 2017

Amazing Neighbor

The day was promising as I looked up at the sky and smiled at the clouds. Normally, I would be hoping for clear skies and sun, […]
July 19, 2017

Unique and Friendly is the Place to Be

Swansea is one of the eight neighborhoods Extreme Community Makeover serves. The Swansea neighborhood was named by early settlers after the mining seaport town of Swansea […]
July 18, 2017

7.15.17 ECM Work Day – Westwood Neighborhood

Summary of 7.15.17 ECM Work Day: Volunteers who participated – 80 Blocks adopted – 2 Projects completed – 7 Alleys improved – 1 Volunteer hours invested […]
July 13, 2017

July Extreme Endeavors: We Surpassed 30,000 Volunteers!!

We are having a great summer over at Extreme Community Makeover! We recently surpassed a huge milestone – 30,000 volunteers who have participated in our projects […]
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 […]