Friday, May 1, 2015

Denver Recycles’ Annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale to be held on May 2nd


Kick-off the spring landscaping season by getting your compost for less and mulch for free! Denver Recycles is hosting its annual Free Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale on Saturday, May 2nd, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. At the main Havana Nursery location, Denver residents can load up on free mulch and purchase compost at a significantly discounted price, while supplies last.

To meet the increasing popularity for compost, 50% more bags of compost will be available for sale at this year’s event compared to last year. Pre-bagged compost will be sold at the reduced price of $3.75 per 1.25 cubic ft. bag (9 gal), or loose at the price of $31.50 per cubic yard (prices includes tax). Compost is only available at the Havana Nursery site (10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St.), while supplies last on Saturday, May 2nd. Loader service into trucks and trailers will be available for large loads of compost purchased. Limit of 20 bags of compost or 3 cubic yards of compost per vehicle. 

Dig-Your-Own free mulch will be available at five locations around Denver, plus mulch loader service into trucks and trailers at the Havana Nursery location: 

  • Northeast: Havana Nursery (10450 Smith Rd., just south of I-70 on Havana St.)
  • Northeast: Fred Thomas Park (Quebec St. & 26th Ave.)
  • Southeast: Veterans Park (Iowa St. & Vine St.)
  • Southwest: Bear Creek Park (South of Dartmouth Ave. on Raleigh St.)
  • Northwest: Sloan’s Lake Park (Sheridan Blvd. & 17th Ave.)

Event Reminders:
Please bring your own pitchfork or shovel, and bags or containers for loading mulch.
Bring a tarp to cover your truck or trailer.
Denver residents only.
Commercial vehicles are prohibited from taking or selling the mulch or compost from this event.
This annual event is the only opportunity to purchase compost from the Denver Composts program.

Compost, a nutrient-rich soil amendment made from decomposed organic material, can be mixed into soil to help reduce water and fertilizer needs, and spread thinly over lawns to help grass roots retain moisture. The compost sold at this event was made from leaves collected through Denver Recycle’s annual LeafDrop program and from the organic materials collected through the Denver Composts program.

The mulch for this event was created by grinding and combining the Christmas trees Denver residents set out for Denver Recycles’ annual Treecycle collection program and storm debris branches. Mulch is made from ground wood chips and can be used to control weeds. It also helps soil retain moisture and protects shallow-rooted plants.

The Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale is sponsored by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works’ Denver Recycles program and Denver Parks & Recreation, in partnership with A1 Organics. Call 311 (720-913-1311) or visit for more information on Denver Recycles’ programs. 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Volunteer Testimonial, DU Alumni

The DU Alumni have been volunteering with Extreme Community Makeover for about 8 years. We appreciate their hard work and partnership. Together, we are making a difference in Denver one block at time.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The First Work Day of the Year

The Extreme Community Makeover team kicked off the spring season last week with our first work day of the year! Saturday, April 11th we were out in the Barnum district of Denver with a group of dedicated volunteers and plenty of alley clean up, park cleanup and individual resident work.

The day started at Bethany United Methodist Church, who was gracious enough to allow ECM to use their facility as our base. Volunteers joined us from AmeriCorp, Heritage High School’s student council group, as well as plenty of individuals looking to lend a hand. The teams were deployed around Barnum with roughly 15 different projects to complete during the day. 

One of the more memorable projects of the day was the Cedar Park clean up. A small, corner lot park that needed some love after the winter months. ECM transformed Cedar Park from an overgrown, weed covered lot, into a freshly mowed and manicured park for summer. During our work at the park, I had the opportunity to chat with April Crumley, a passionate, caring resident of Barnum and fantastic supporter of ECM. Between pulling weeds and raking, April told us stories of the history of Barnum. She covered the legends of Barnum & Bailey owning elephants in the area, and educated us on the history of Civil War General Hooker, from whom Hooker Street takes its name.

Talking with April, you could feel her passion for her neighborhood. She spoke so highly of the area, the residents and the potential at every corner. She also told us about the non-profit she leads, Concerned Citizens for Barnum. Since 1974, this neighborhood organization has had the mission to promote community responsibility through informed and active participation of citizens in their local government by implementation of positive, patriotic, fraternal, historical and educational objectives and to preserve and strengthen unity among its members, and in our community by promoting good health welfare, and environmental beautification. It was incredible to hear that for 40 years, April has been working on the improvement of Barnum.

Working alongside April to help clean up Barnum gave myself, and other volunteers an incredible sense of pride. It quickly became more than just a ‘work day’ because you could see and discuss how ECM’s efforts were impacting the residents. Like-minded people, working on a shared vision for one of Denver’s incredible neighborhoods.

We can’t wait for more work days, more neighborhoods, and more people like April.

~Adam, ECM Communications Team

Monday, April 20, 2015

4.11.15 ECM Work Day - Barnum Neighborhood

AmeriCorps NCCC

Heritage High School Student Government

Summary of 4.11.15 ECM Work Day:
  • Volunteers Participated - 55
  • Projects Completed - 8
  • Alleys Cleaned - 3
  • Volunteer Hours - 245

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Getting Around Denver and Going Green

Denver has a lot of options when it comes to transportation. We have bus stops throughout the city and the light rail. Plus, taxis run around the city and Uber is making it's rounds. There are also some cool services for transportation sharing that will save you money and help the environment.

eGo CarShare

If you don't have a car, there is eGo CarShare. If you are a member, you can participate and find a car to use on the map. You can use their mobile site or the phone to reserve a vehicle at one of their nearby locations. eGo CarShare has over 40 locations to choose from in Denver and Boulder, and over 20 different types of vehicles ranging from the spunky Honda Fit and the classic Prius to  workhorse trucks and minivans.


Car2Go is similar to eGo CarShare. When you sign up, you get a member card that allows you to have access to the vehicles parked throughout the city. You can locate a nearby Car2Go with your smartphone. Then, take it, drive it and then park it.


If you'd rather ride a back then drive a car, there is B-cycle. Denver B-cycle has B-stations throughout Downtown Denver, the Highlands, Capitol Hill, Uptown, Cherry Creek, Congress Park, City Park, Baker, Washington Park and University of Denver neighborhoods. You can check out a B-cycle from any B-station, and return it to any other B-station or make a round-trip to the same one.

Make sure to take advantage of all Denver's diverse transportation options. Getting around Denver can be fun and you can GoGreen while getting to where you need to go. 

Photo: By Greg Goebel from Loveland CO, USA (Yvltr_1b  Uploaded by High Contrast) [CC BY-SA 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Friday, April 10, 2015

Extreme Teams, Projects Team

Meet Brandon. Brandon is on the Extreme Teams, Projects Team. The Projects Team supervises projects during Work Days while being available to answer questions, troubleshoot problems, and ensure projects are completed, while stepping in as a Project Leader when groups are unable to identify someone for that role.

Find out more about volunteering on the Extreme Teams.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

April Extreme Endeavors: Impacting Denver Neighborhoods Together

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Extreme Community Makeover Newsletter 
April Extreme Endeavors
April 2015
In This Issue
Give Our Tools A Home
Go: Westwood: Sat Apr 25
Spring Kick-Off Synopsis
Quick Links

As we move into this season of regularly scheduled Work Days and projects starting up again this month, I am continually amazed and encouraged to see how many generous people there are who live in the Denver area and who travel many miles to be part of our projects.  It's people like you who give their time to lend a helping hand to a neighbor, who get a gallon of paint to complete a house painting project, and who pick up a shovel and dig in to make an impact in your local community. Thank you for being part of Extreme Community Makeover and making the work we do possible. I am looking forward to another great year of impacting Denver neighborhoods together "one block at a time"!
Angela Bomgaars, Executive Director 
ECM Work Days
ECM Work Days are starting this Saturday!  We are expecting great weather and a great turnout.  If you want to join as an individual, click here to register.  If you want to get a group involved for a future Work Day, click here for the calendar of dates and then click here to register.
Apr 11  
Saturday, April 11 - 9:00 am (Barnum)
Apr 25  
Saturday, April 25 - 8:30 am (Westwood)
Liability Waiver  
Parental Consent Form  
Give Our Tools A Home
We are in the final days of our campaign to give our tools a home.  Can we count on you to join us by this Friday, April 10?  Click here for more details.  Thanks in advance for your support!
Toolshed Campaign  
Go: Westwood: Sat Apr 25 
On Saturday, April 25, we're expecting around 500 people to participate in the Go: Westwood project, which will include many residents from Westwood.  Tackling projects such as alley clean-up, art projects in the alleys, bus stop clean-up, garden planting, graffiti removal, and Morrison Road clean-up, volunteers will have a chance to make a significant difference in one day with so many hands working together.  Contact Angela if you want to get involved!
Go Westwood  
Spring Kick-Off Synopsis
We had a great time at our recent Spring Kick-Off event at Converge Denver, which provided a great atmosphere for sharing stories, talking about goals for this year, while enjoying delicious food and drinks from Coyote Gold Margaritas, Jake's Food and Spirits, and Jim 'N Nick's BBQ.  Thank you to everyone who attended and learned more about how to get involved in ECM this year through participating in the Extreme Teams or joining the Neighbor to Neighbor Club.  To see photos from the event, click here.
Converge Denver    Coyote Gold    Jake's Food & Spirits    Jim 'N Nick's 
Through a recent design contest through with 99designs, we now have an infographic that summarizes the impact Extreme Community Makeover has had in Denver neighborhoods during the past seven years.  Check it out!
Thank you for partnering with ECM to make a difference in Denver neighborhoods!
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Extreme Community Makeover April