Help ECM build stronger communities in Denver through your financial support.
Checks can be made to:
Extreme Community Makeover
and sent to:
Extreme Community Makeover
PO Box 102586
Denver, CO 80250-2586
I received a note this week that gets to the heart of Extreme Community Makeover, beyond the tangible help volunteers provide on a project...
"Thank you for the work done on my house.....but this went much further than just a few hours spent helping me. It motivated me not only to attack further projects around the house but other houses also on my street have vastly improved since then. It also brought our neighbors together and I got to meet several people that I never had a chance to meet before this project."
To all of you who have given your time to volunteer, your money to donate, and your enthusiasm to share with others - THANK YOU! Thank you for making these types of experiences possible for our Denver neighbors as together we impact our communities "one block at a time"!
Angela Bomgaars, Executive Director
ECM Work Days
Saturday Work Days are wrapping up soon but there is still time to get involved. Click here to view the schedule for remaining ECM Work Days. To register a group, click here. To register an individual, click here.
To get involved, please RSVP to Angela and follow the links below to fill out the appropriate liability form.
Fri Nov 14: Art is in the Air
Our annual "Art is in the Air" fundraiser is coming up soon! It will be held on Friday, November 14 at the Artwork Network gallery. The evening will include appetizers, drinks, and desserts, with opportunities to win raffle items and bid on silent auction items from some of your favorite places around Denver. ECM would like to thank Nate Postlethwait, Associate Broker at Fuller Sotheby's International Realty, for being the event sponsor of "Art is in the Air"!
Tickets are available for $25 per person with advance purchase or $30 per person at the door. The first ten people to purchase tickets will be entered in the raffle drawing once per ticket purchased.
If you are curious about what some of our recent volunteers had to say about some of the benefits they have found to volunteering, check out the video below!
ECM Testimonials - The Benefits of Volunteering
Church Partner: Hillside Church
Hillside Church started meeting in the summer of 2005 with about 15 families, but now about 90 families consider Hillside their church community. They are an independent church plant from Grace Chapel in Englewood. Their vision is to be people passionately living life with God. Their mission as a church is to encourage Christ-centered transformation by the Spirit. Hillside Church has been involved with ECM since 2009 and always brings out a great group of volunteers, including many families who serve together to make an impact here in Denver!
Thank you to all our volunteers from the month of September!
This fall, keep your leaves out of the landfill by composting them through Denver Recycles’ LeafDrop program! Composting leaves not only saves space in the landfill, it also
creates a valuable commodity and reduces your environmental impact.
Denver Recycles is providing multiple drop-off locations during the
months of October and November. The two weekday Leafdrop sites will be open October 1st through November 30th for residents to bring their bagged leaves for composting. Weekend
LeafDrop sites will be open for the first three weekends in November.
By participating in the LeafDrop program you can make less trash, keep
our streets clean, and help to make compost for Denver Recycles’ Annual
Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May. Free paper leaf and yard bags
available for Denver Residents!
Break the plastic bag habit. Choose paper bags instead!
As an extra incentive for residents to compost leaves and to encourage
the use of paper bags, Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware stores are
partnering to give away 10,000 free paper leaf & yard bags. Unlike
plastic bags, paper bags can be composted along with the leaves, saving
time and reducing plastic waste. Starting October 1st, Denver
residents can pick up a FREE 5-pack of paper leaf & yard bags at
participating Denver area Ace Hardware stores with a coupon. Visit DenverGov.org/LeafDropto
print your free paper bag coupon and to get a list of participating Ace
Hardware stores. No purchase necessary, while supplies last, limit one
free pack per household. Additional bags can be purchased for about $2.50 per 5-pack at any Ace Hardware Store.
LeafDrop Locations and Dates. Please only bring leaves to drop sites during specified dates and times. Dropping off leaves at other times is considered illegal dumping. Click here for drop off locations. Article provided by Denver Recycles.
Join us at the very exciting county fair area where you can rummage
through our costume bank and take an '˜old-timey' photo in front of the
Four Mile House, enter a pie eating contest. Oct 4 - Oct 5 - Handmade in Colorado Expo
The 6th annual Handmade in Colorado Expo is a showcase of some of Colorado's Best Handmade Arts, Crafts, Food, and Goods. First Friday Art Walk - Art District on Santa Fe
Galleries, studios and cultural attractions stay open late for a mind-expanding night of art, food, drink and fun. Now until Oct 25 - TheBigWonderful Food Market
TheBigWonderful is a low-cost, high-traffic option to try something new.
For foodies, that means free admission to a market offering affordable,
delicious, inspiring local foods. Now until Nov 1 - Corn Maze at Denver Botanic Gardens at Chatfield
Wind your way through acres of corn, view the design from two 15-foot
tall illuminated bridges. A mini-maze is designed for younger children. Nov 1 - Puppy Up! Denver Walk
Join us for a 2 mile walk to promote awareness of canine cancer and
fundraise for cancer research to benefit both pets and people. Nov 3 - Denver Zoo Free Day
Fall is here and it's time to start thinking about winterizing your home. Here are some simple things you can do that will save you the headache of having to repair something and it'll save you lots of money in the long run. After all, maintaining your outdoor abode is just a part of being a responsible homeowner.
Faucets and Hoses
To prevent problems caused by water freezing, close the valve to each outdoor faucet. To release any remaining water from the pipes, turn the outdoor faucet handle slightly after you shut off the valve.
Gutters and Roof
It's time to jump on the roof and remove any debris that has accumulated. A soft bristled broom will prevent any damage to your shingles. The gutters need to be cleaned as well. You can use a small handle tool to get rid of smaller debris. In addition, clean the downspouts. Check to see if the downspouts or gutters need any repairs. If you take the time to clean your roof and gutters, you can prevent extensive water damage that could cause a leak through the roof.
Doorways and Windows
To prevent drafts and leaks through your doorways and windows during winter, you'll need to check the caulk around them. Sometimes the caulk can get old and it will need to be removed and re-caulked.
Sweep away any debris around the deck and cover your outdoor furniture. Store away any accessories that won't be in use during the harsh winter weather.
Air Conditioning System
Cover the outside unit with tarp or plastic sheeting and secure with bungee cords.
Check the pavement for cracks that can cause more damage once the harsh winter snow and ice conditions arrive.
**Photo: "Red autumn leaves" by Jim - http://www.flickr.com/photos/alphageek/57100167. Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons - http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Red_autumn_leaves.jpg#mediaviewer/File:Red_autumn_leaves.jpg
We are having another Happy Hour on, Wednesday, September 24. It's going to be at the Fuel Cafe in the Taxi community. The Fuel Cafe has a great menu.
Extreme Community Makeover will be hosting happy hours every so often as a way for volunteers to get to know other volunteers and to hear about more volunteer opportunities with ECM.
Extreme Teams are a great opportunity to get more involved with ECM. We have the Program Team opportunities that consist of the logistics team, the photography team, the projects team and the video team. Our Strategy Team opportunities consist of the communications team, follow-up team, the fundraising team, the neighborhoods team, the supplies team and the survey team.
Stop by our Happy Hour to find out about getting more involved and to mix and mingle with other volunteers. See you this coming Wednesday!