Our motto is: Community action. Environmental results.
We are "doers" not "talkers". We plant trees, we clean up rivers, we build trails and sidewalks, we fix-up and give away bikes, we insulate houses, and we coordinate thousands of volunteers to help.
The mission of Groundwork Denver (GWD) is to bring about the sustained improvement of the physical environment and promote health and well-being through community-based partnerships and action.
Groundwork Denver (GWD) was incorporated as a 501c3 in October 2002 as an independent organization in the Groundwork USA network. GWD was created in response to a feasibility study that found that while much of the City of Denver is known for its parks and well-maintained streetscapes, there are neighborhoods without the political clout or resources to develop this level of infrastructure. A study of existing organizations found that GWD could fill a critical niche to engage residents in the planning process, and implement real, tangible neighborhood-based projects that improve the urban environment. Since its inception, GWD has focused on building partnerships and providing support to the diversity of Denver residents who want to improve their neighborhoods through community involvement and civic engagement. Unlike other environmentally-focused organizations, Groundwork Denver builds partnerships to deliver programs and resources that help lower-income communities to not only make a wide range of environmental improvements, but also to build diverse community involvement, and develop leadership and job skills.
Our goals include:
To build bridges between residents, businesses and government to accomplish positive environmental change.
To support the growth and development of environmental and community leaders from the neighborhoods where we work through youth employment, internships and community-based jobs.
To promote the inclusion of the diversity of people in our communities in decision-making and in action.
To ensure equal access to a clean and healthy environment for everyone, regardless of where they live, their economic status or their race or ethnicity.
Without Groundwork Denver I cannot imagine how my life would have turned out. It has transformed me and my future allowing me to become a compassionate person and active leader. Groundwork Denver has evolved from a job to a stepping stone in my life. - Sadot C., Green Team member
The people you served are very humble people who have worked hard all of their lives and have been leaders in their neighborhoods. We all know that nothing would have been done to help these people if your staff had not offered your services. - Loyola Church Leader
We appreciate having Groundwork Denver to partner with in our neighborhood and Groundwork Denver bringing so many needed resources to our community, which has been an overdue issue for our neighborhood for a very long time. - Margaret Escamilla, President Globeville Civic Association #1