Extreme Community Makeover coordinates volunteer teams to partner with underserved people to improve their own homes and neighborhoods. These projects build safer environments; cultivate community among residents, neighborhoods, and networks of local resource providers; and connect residents to a permanent path towards healthy, hopeful, and stable lives.
Founded in 2008 as an outreach program of Confluence Ministries and Greenwood Community Church-Extreme Community Makeover (ECM) began as a collaborative effort to engage large numbers of volunteers who were interested in giving back to some of Denver's most underserved and lowest-income neighborhoods. ECM began providing critical services to help vulnerable residents improve the physical condition of their neighborhoods, keep their community safe, build vital connections between neighbors, and help the elderly age in place with dignity and support. The response was overwhelming-both from the communities that needed considerable assistance with outdoor home and neighborhood revitalization projects, and from the hundreds of volunteers who were interested in giving back to their city. Without any marketing or outreach, ECM mobilized nearly 2,000 volunteers to complete 156 neighborhood projects within the first year. From 2008 to 2010, ECM continued to receive requests from community leaders in surrounding neighborhoods-predicating the need for expansion into four more communities. In 2011, ECM was incorporated as its own 501c3 organization, and in 2012 it added an additional two neighborhoods to its roster. Currently, ECM serves eight Denver neighborhoods, mobilizing over 30,000 volunteers to assist Denver neighbors with more than 2,500 projects.
"I just wanted to thank you for all the wonderful work your crew did on my home. It was a real joy meeting them and spending the day beautifying my home." - Sandy, Barnum resident
"I am sending this letter as a thank you.....for how professional and personable the group is and that a good time was had by all. It is good to know that there are groups such as yours that are willing to take an interest to help improve the communities they live in." - Scott, West Colfax organization