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Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods, Inc.

We promote a sense of neighborliness; improve the physical appearance of the neighborhood; provide a powerful, unified voice; encourage representation and cooperation among diverse constituency groups; develop Capitol Hill's identity; and improve the quality of life for thousands of citizens.

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S.E.E.D. Awards

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Alcohol, Drug, Substance Abusers
Crime/Abuse Victims
Families
General population

Description

Started in 2019, SEED Awards encourage civic entrepreneurship and community engagement by providing financial support for projects that align with the mission and values of CHUN as well as enhance the qulaity of life for those who live within the greater Capitol HIll Community.
Funding priorities include:
- Smart, solutions-oriented development,
- Enrichment and Educational Programming,
- Environmental Sustainability, and
- Diversity.
Eligibility: Individual, groups or organizations applying must be proposing a project within CHUN's boundaries. Project should have a premanent presence and should have the capacity to acknowledge Captil Hill United Nieghborhoods' suport publically and in a visible way. Priority will be given to projects that clearly benefit those whare are disavantaged and/or marginalized.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2019 SEED Award Recipients:
- Friends of Morey Middle School PTO to support student access to basic hygiene needs, low cost school supplies, and after-school enrichments; funding also includes support for the purchase of a Chromebook for students who lack access to technology.
- The Blue Bench to conduct Safe Bars trainings in the Capitol Hill community which prepares staff at alcohol-serving establishments to recognize and respond to incidents of sexual harassment and assault. The program promotes active bystander intervention to prevent assault and create safer communities.
- Harm Reduction Action Center to underwrite a number of ongoing community clean-ups throughout Capitol Hill including removing unwanted trash and litter, as well as improperly disposed syringes and syringe related litter; harm reduction community clean-ups facilitate conversations with the homeless and neighbors who inject drugs.
- Warren Village to incorporate a new resident mural wall on the first floor of their building located at 1323 Gilpin Street. The mural will be representative of the cultures and diversity of the residents living at the building.
- Historic Denver will use their award to pay for access railings at the historic Molly Brown House and Museum located at 1340 Pennsylvania Street; work will also include the addition of access amenities to provide physical access to the historic structure by adding a wheelchair lift, too.
- Spirit of the Sun, a nonprofit organization located near Cheesman Park, will use their funding for the Indigenous Youth Art & Culture (IYAC) program-a project that strengthens cultural ties, and provides an outlet for emotional expression, for those Indigenous Peoples residing throughout the greater Capitol Hill community.
- Denver Turnverein, a local dance hall and dance education center in the Uptown neighborhood, will use funding to enhance their block through added greenery and environmentally/climate appropriate landscaping.

Good Neighbor Awards

Class

Philanthropy, Voluntarism & Grantmaking 

Beneficiaries

General population
Homeless

Description

​Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Good Neighbor Awards Program is an annual recognition of nonprofit organizations, individuals, or businesses for outstanding contributions to the greater Capitol Hill community. The awards recognize outstanding volunteerism, community development, historic preservation, and promoting safe neighborhoods.

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Evidence of Program's Success

2019 Award Recipients are:
- Margie Valdez (Tom Knorr Award for Community Service) for bringing people together, building partnerships and helping neighbors realize we can accomplish more when we work together.
- Molly Williams (Roger Armstrong Outstanding Volunteer Award) for spearheading many of the core aspects of CHUN's fundraising in 2020.
- Rose Andom Center (Safe Neighborhood Award) for helping victims of domestic violence who are in need through information, resources, safe shelter, and other critical services.
- vy on 7th and Carboy Winery (Neighborhood Character Award) for transforming the intersection of 7th Ave and Logan Street; the progress made has enhanced the neighborhood's character while successfully growing small, locally owned businesses.
- The Denver NEST Program (Homelessness and Affordable Housing Award) for preserving the culture of Denver's neighborhoods experiencing significant change by helping longtime businesses and residents with the resources necessary to remain in place through affordable housing, support for those experiencing homelessness, and other financial initiatives.
- Senior Housing Options/Olin Apartments (Historic Preservation Award) for their collective efforts to restore and preserve the historic, architecturally interesting Olin Apartments; CHUN also appreciates the fact that the building will remain open and accessible to those most in need of quality, affordable housing.

Community Engagement

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

Adults
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
At-Risk Populations
Families
Poor, Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent

Description

Neighborhood delegates were charged with conceptualizing and executing community engagement efforts designed to foster stronger community.

During the 2018 - 2019 season delegates engaged their communities in a variety of ways including social events to support area businesses, as well as highlighting the importance of pedestrian safety along a notoriously unsafe traffic corridor.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Feedback from the community has been very supportive evidenced by the attendance at each of our social events held at local area businesses.

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods also partnered with WalkDenver during a traffic calming demonstration along 13th ave. which attracted a variety of local media including Channel 7, StreetsBlog and others. Denver Police participated in the community engagement effort and handed out swag to residents who showed up to witness what was happening in their neighborhood.

Overwhelming positive feedback was received during the event and through social media channels.

Neighborhood Planning

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified
Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Lesbians, Gays, Bisexuals, Transgender

Description

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods sustains volunteer-driven action committees led by Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Board Members and supported by Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods part time staff.

The purpose of these committees is to address neighborhood quality of life issues through resident-driven activism and advocacy. The Neighborhood Planning Committee brings resident voice to issues, educates residents on process and content of Denver's zoning code and through our Neighborhood Assembly Process, allows residents to democratically influence Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods advocacy positions. The Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods History Matters Committee works to preserve significant historic assets in our neighborhoods.

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Dialogue and Action Collaboration:

Our community organizing relies on consensus-based methods such as dialogue and deliberation, collaborative problem-solving and social networking applied to critical neighborhood issues.

Beginning in 2007 and working through 2019, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods will continue its work on laying the groundwork for four popularly identified neighborhood challenges a) neighbor to neighbor connections; b) neighbor to business connections; c) environmental sustainability and) affordable housing needs.

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Information Sharing:

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods provides timely information about neighborhood city-wide issues, meetings and social events through a monthly newsletter with a distribution of 800 area residents.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods has been instrumental in preserving historic properties, brokering good neighbor agreements with local businesses and area residents.

The Tears-McFarlane House and Community Center

Class

Community Development 

Beneficiaries

General Public/Unspecified

Description

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods operates the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Community Center at 1290 Williams Street as a space to convene and problem-solve around neighborhood issues, enhance the work of other non-profits and support the work of civic groups.

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Evidence of Program's Success

Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods donates space to non-profit groups to support the good work and services they provide to the greater Capitol Hill neighborhood.

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