Friday, September 12, 2014

Full Circle Recycling: How Choosing the Right Products Can Support Recycling

Recycling is an easy and effective way for Denver residents to reduce their impact on the environment. However, placing recyclable material into Denver’s purple recycling carts is only the first step in the circular process of recycling which includes collection, re-manufacturing and consumer choice. When combined, these three phases of the recycling process are capable of preserving natural resources, reducing pollution, reducing the need for landfill capacity, and saving energy. Here are some examples of how the three-part recycling process works within the City and County of Denver:

    Collection: Denver residents collect and recycle materials in purple carts. Then, Denver Recycles’ trucks pick up this material and deliver it to a material processing facility in north Denver where materials are separated and sorted for shipment to manufacturing facilities.   
    Manufacturing: Recycled materials are re-processed and turned into new products. It’s hard to believe, but it only takes six weeks for an aluminum can to make it from a purple recycling cart to the grocery shelf as a new aluminum can!
    Consumer: Consumer choices drive the market for recycled products. When possible, Denver residents are urged to purchase recycled content products that are made from the very material they recycle in their homes, offices and schools. 

    Post-Consumer Waste: This is the best choice and means that the product is made from materials that were discarded after their original use into recycling programs like Denver’s. For example, paper towels made from post-consumer waste contain fibers that were once part of office paper, cardboard or other materials Denver residents regularly put in their purple carts. 
    Pre-Consumer Waste or Post-Industrial Waste: This means the product is made from waste generated in the manufacturing process. While this is a great form of recycling, the purchase of post-consumer content should take priority over pre-consumer content.
    Recyclable: It’s great to buy products that are recyclable. However, this label doesn't necessarily mean that the product is made from recycled materials. 

For more information about what can be recycled in Denver, visit, or call 311 (720-913-1311).

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

9.6.14 ECM Work Day in Westwood

Cherry Creek High School Big Sisters

ENVD Divers Scholars
MSU Volunteer Management Class

Regis Jesuit Day for Others
Individuals - Take 1

Individuals - Take 2

Summary of 9.6.14 ECM Work Day:
  • Volunteers Participated - 95
  • Projects Completed - 10
  • Alley Cleaned - 5
  • Volunteer Hours - 450

Friday, September 5, 2014

The Benefits of Volunteering

People have many reasons for why they decide to volunteer. Within all those reasons, there is no argument that volunteering is a win-win for everyone. There are many benefits to volunteering.

1) The Benefit of Giving Back 

It's very fulfilling to give back to others. Doing something good for others, creates a satisfactory feeling knowing you helped put a smile on someone's face.

2) The Benefit of Personal Growth 

Volunteering gets individuals outside of their little box and expands their understanding of the community and world they live in.

3) The Benefit of Learning New Things 

There is the opportunity to learn new things when you volunteer. Depending on the organization you volunteer for, there are new skills you can learn while giving a helping hand.

4) The Benefit of Fun

Volunteering is fun! You get to meet new people, do something different and enjoy the satisfaction of making a difference.

5) The Benefit of Gaining Confidence 

Volunteering puts confidence in individuals because it makes us happy. Volunteering improves our physical and mental health and over-all life-satisfication.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

September Extreme Endeavors: Getting to Know Our Neighbors

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Church Partner: God's Grace Community Church
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During the August 9 Work Day, ECM received a visit from a local news station to highlight some of the projects going on around Denver as part of the second-annual Denver Days, which is a way to encourage neighbors to get to know one another better through block parties, social events, and service projects.  We had a great day of meeting new neighbors, completing projects in the Barnum neighborhood, and then having a story about one of those projects aired on the local news that evening.  Check it out here.  What are some things that you could do to get to know your neighbors a little better? 
Angela Bomgaars, Executive Director 
ECM Work Days
Click here to view the schedule for all ECM Work Days.  To register a group, click here.  To register an individual, click here.            
Sept 6
   Saturday, September 6 @ 9:00 am (Westwood)
Sept 20
   Saturday, September 20 @ 9:00 am (Elyria)
To get involved, please RSVP to Angela and follow the links below to fill out the appropriate liability form.  
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Stories of Impact
Check out this story from another project we did during the August 9 ECM Work Day! 
ECM Testimonial - Barnum Neighborhood - Work Day 8.9.14
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Neighbor to Neighbor Club
Neighbor to Neighbor Club  
The Neighbor to Neighbor Club is a way to connect monthly donations to the projects ECM completes. Every $10 per month donated to ECM is the equivalent of supporting one project during the year, which seems like a pretty great investment since you could easily spend that same amount on one movie or a couple cups of coffee at Starbucks!  For more info or to sign-up today, click here.
Our goal is to reach 250 projects funded with monthly donations.  Can we count on you to help?
Church Partner: God's Grace Community Church
God's Grace God's Grace Community Church is a community church, classical in their beliefs, contemporary in practice and worship style. The people of God's Grace have been growing in faith together since December 2004 with a passion for loving God, loving people, and serving the world, while meeting at Rock Canyon High School.  God's Grace Community Church has been involved with ECM for the past five years and is a great partner to be serving Denver together "one block at a time"!
August Volunteers
Thank you to all our volunteers during the month of August - including Mayor Hancock!
Thank you for partnering with ECM to make a difference in Denver neighborhoods!
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Serving the Barnum Neighborhood

Extreme Community Makeover is proud to serve Denver Neighborhoods. We do 
volunteer work in Elyria, Globeville, La Alma/Lincoln Park, Swansea, Villa Park, 
West Colfax, Westwood and Barnum. 

Barnum is located in an area known as West Denver. The neighborhood's 
northern boundary is the Sixth Avenue Freeway, its eastern boundary 
is Federal Boulevard, its southern boundary is Alameda Avenue and its 
western boundary is Perry Street. 


In 1878 master showman P. T. Barnum purchased a tract of land on the western edge of 
Denver. Over 130 years the area has developed into a robust neighborhood with a 
population that is more than 75 percent Hispanic.This community of young 
first-generation and immigrant families today welcomes newcomers from all 
over the world.


Barnum began as a nineteenth-century Denver suburb, developed as a haven for 
working-class families. P. T. Barnum’s involvement with his namesake’s development 
has become part of Denver folklore, especially in the durable legend of the showman’s 
plan to establish a winter home for his circus in the city. Beginning in the 1950s, 
large numbers of Hispanic residents, whether from long-established Colorado families 
relocating to jobs and opportunities in Denver or relatively new immigrants from Mexico
began to make Barnum a distinctly Hispanic neighborhood.  In 1950, just ten percent 
of Barnum’s residents were Hispanic; three decades later, in 1980, a majority of its 
residents (50%) were Hispanic.


Today’s Barnum remains a neighborhood of families, now mostly Hispanic (some 75% 
[2000]) and of modest means (with an average household income of $41,185 [2000]).  
More than two-thirds of Barnum’s housing is owner-occupied, and the rate of Hispanic 
homeownership in the neighborhood is substantially higher (66.01% [2000]) than for the 
rest of Denver (49.11% [2000]).  Barnum remains a vibrant working class neighborhood, 
as it has been for more than a century.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Reaching 100%

Extreme Community Makeover
Neighbor to Neighbor Club
"Thank you for allowing your volunteer crew to come to our home and work a wonderful makeover in our front and back yards.....we couldn't have asked for a greater bunch of people to do the admiral work that they very unselfishly performed at our residence with unmatched fervor......many kudos to all the crews involved in this community endeavor."
- Chris, Barnum Resident
Aug 9 wth Mayor I received this note in the mail this week after a project we completed during an ECM Work Day earlier this month. During that Work Day, we also received a visit from Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, had a story about another project that day aired on the news that evening, as well as surpassed the mark of having 20,000 volunteers involved in Extreme Community Makeover since we began! And all those things happened in just one day.
This year has been filled with thousands of volunteers participating from Denver and across the country; residents who have received help at their own home coming out to volunteer and paying it forward to help a neighbor with a project at their home; and a new to ECM truck that makes me wonder how we ever got by this long without a truck. We're on track for 60 Work Days this year, along with completing around 250 projects. Thus, one of my goals this year is to encourage monthly donations to support all these projects. We are currently 23% of the way to reaching this goal of funding 250 projects. We need your help to partner with Extreme Community Makeover to reach 100%!
Neighbor to Neighbor Club 
The Neighbor to Neighbor Club is a way to connect monthly donations to the projects ECM completes. Every $10 per month donated to ECM is the equivalent of supporting one project during the year, which seems like a pretty great investment since you could easily spend that same amount on one movie or a couple cups of coffee at Starbucks! If you are used to donating once or a couple times per year, you could take that donation amount, divide it by twelve, and give that donation on a monthly basis, which helps ECM tremendously.
To join the Neighbor to Neighbor Club, head to our website -
You can give via credit card or set up a recurring donation through your bank account. Let me know if you have any questions about getting started. Can we count on you to support Extreme Community Makeover on a monthly basis? Thank you for your partnership to impact Denver neighborhoods "one block at a time"!
Angela Bomgaars
Extreme Community Makeover

Monday, August 25, 2014

8.23.14 ECM Work Day in La Alma/Lincoln Park

Summary of 8.23.14 ECM Work Day:
  • Volunteers Participated - 10
  • Alleys Cleaned - 4
  • Volunteer Hours - 70