Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Art Is in the Air Sponsor - Nate Postlethwait

We are gearing up for our fundraiser Art Is in the Air on Friday, November 14. Nate Postlethwait is our event sponsor. He is an Associate Broker with Fuller Sotheby's International Realty. Thank you Nate for volunteering for an ECM Work Day and for helping Extreme Community Makeover to be successful! We are making a difference in Denver, "one block at a time."

Art Is in the Air is going to be held one of Denver’s prime venues, the Artwork Network, providing a sleek and exquisite background to enjoy the night. This is the fundraiser’s fifth year.  

The fundraiser consists of a brief program/presentation highlighting the work Extreme Community Makeover does in Denver. There will also be a silent auction, appetizers, drinks, desserts and lots of mixing and mingling.

15% of the proceeds of the artwork purchased from the main gallery or on the website will go to Extreme Community Makeover, with mention of ECM at purchase. The promotion goes from October 14th to December 14th. 

Tickets are $25/person for advance purchases and $30/person at the door. You can purchase tickets online.

Looking forward to seeing you there! 

Thursday, October 23, 2014

10.18.14 ECM Work Day in Westwood

DU Alumni

ENVD Diverse Scholars

God in Action

Human Services Education Organization

Iolani Community Action Network

Red Rocks Church

Spectrum General Contractors

St. Andrew United Methodist Church

Westwood Unidos
Summary of 10.18.14 ECM Work Day:
  • Volunteers Participated - 125
  • Projects Completed - 15
  • Alleys Cleaned - 3
  • Volunteer Hours - 650

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

10.4.14 ECM Work Day in Swansea

St. Catherine University Alumnae Group

Summary of 10.4.14 ECM Work Day:
  • Volunteers Participated - 20
  • Projects Completed - 1
  • Alleys Cleaned - 2
  • Volunteer Hours - 110

October Extreme Endeavors: Bringing Neighbors Together

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Extreme Community Makeover Newsletter 
October Extreme Endeavors
October 2014
In This Issue
Fri Nov 14: Art is in the Air
Benefits of Volunteering
Church Partner: Hillside Church
September Volunteers
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 Help ECM build stronger communities in Denver through your financial support.
Checks can be made to:
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Extreme Community Makeover
PO Box 102586
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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.            
   Saturday, October 18 @ 9:00 am (Westwood)
   Redeemer Lutheran Church - 3300 West Nevada
   Place, Denver, 80219
   Saturday, November 1 @ 9:00 am (Barnum)
To get involved, please RSVP to Angela and follow the links below to fill out the appropriate liability form.  
  Parental Consent 
Liability Waiver 
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"! 
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.
Benefits of Volunteering
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
ECM Testimonials - The Benefits of Volunteering
Church Partner: Hillside Church
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!
September Volunteers
Thank you to all our volunteers from the month of September!
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Phil Montanez Group
Thank you for partnering with ECM to make a difference in Denver neighborhoods!
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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Denver Recycles and Ace Hardware Team Up to Increase Leaf Composting

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 couponVisit to 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

Friday, October 3, 2014

Fall Events in Denver

Fall is a great time to get out and enjoy all the beauty and fun that Denver has to offer. Here are some events going around Denver for the month of October and November.

Oct 4 - Oct 5 - Pumpkin Harvest Festival

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

Enjoy the Denver Zoo for free on November 3. 

November 14 - ECM Fundraiser, Art is in the Air 

Join us for our social fundraiser. The ECM fundraiser is always a big hit and a lot of fun with art, appetizers, drinks and desserts. 

Nov 7  - Nov 15 - Denver Arts Week

The eighth annual Denver Arts Week is an eight-day celebration of all things art in the Mile High City. 

Nov 12 - Nov 23 - Starz Denver Film Festival

The 37th Starz Denver Film Festival. 

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Outdoor Home Maintenance

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.

Wooden Decks

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 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons -