Q3 Charity Vote Nominee: Denver’s Extreme Community Makeover

Citywide Banks’ next Facebook Fan Vote for its Quarterly Hand-Up Charity Donation will take place from September 8-20, 2011.  The following is one of five charities that will be spotlighted leading up to this quarter’s Fan Vote.

Isolation and neglect haunt poor neighborhoods. Houses are shabby; yards strewn with weeds and garbage. These forgotten Denver  neighborhoods are often cut off from main arteries and shopping, while residents feel isolated from each other.

Founded in 2008, Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) delivers a spiritual and physical facelift to Denver’s neighborhoods.  Working ‘one block at a time’, volunteers devote one day to work alongside residents trimming bushes, painting houses, repairing fences.  

The result: beautification and a renewed sense of unity and neighborhood.

“We use volunteers to build momentum, to create a picture of how people can really work together,” said Executive Director Angela Bomgaars. “To build pride of ownership in their homes and neighborhoods.”

A block’s participation is invited, and residents are encouraged to contribute time, money or supplies.  Since 2008, ECM has mobilized 9,855 volunteers to help 980 families.

Bomgaars recalls how after a block work day this summer, neighbors joined together to throw their first-ever block party.

ECM is always seeking volunteers, and has relationships with churches, retail shops and suppliers throughout Denver to obtain supplies and donations. A donation of $500 would help the organization coordinate more volunteers, so it could reach more blocks.

Extreme Community Makeover is one of five Denver charities nominated to receive Citywide Banks’ $500 Quarterly Hand-Up Donation. Ready to vote for Extreme Community Makeover? Visit Citywide’s Facebook Fan Page at Facebook.com/citywidebanks and become a Fan by clicking the “Like” button. Fans will be eligible to vote for their charity choice from September 8 – 20, 2011. Stay tuned to this blog for spotlights on the other nominated charities.

Learn more about how to make your own cash donation or volunteer your time to ECM at www.extremecommunitymakeover.org.

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