Message from the President
Greetings Friends and Neighbors,
Happy Labor Day. Urban Dweller, Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods' (CHUN) monthly e-newsletter, is available online. Here is the latest from Denver's largest, oldest registered neighborhood organization and advocate.
Coffee in the community. On Friday, August 27, I hosted a coffee and conversation with locals in the Governors Park/Alamo Placita neighborhood. I want to thank all who joined us for a thoughtful discussion about pressing city issues. A number of topics were explored including more inclusive housing policies, ways for locals to support small businesses, opportunities to enhance the Capitol Hill identity and "brand", and others. A special shout out goes to Noemi Ramos and the fabulous team at Ivy on 7th for hosting our group. Share your BIG ideas with CHUN and send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
City Council's at-large seats preserved. In a narrow vote of 7 to 6, Denver City Council rejected a proposal that would have asked Denver voters to eliminate the two at large Council seats. CHUN's membership also weighed in and rejected the proposal. Instead, many of you called for preserving the at-large seats, suggested increasing the size of council from 13 to 15 members, and offered a number of other interesting concepts. One theme remains constant, council members need more staff support and larger budgets to boost constituency outreach and improve policy. Our organization looks forward to partnering with the Mayor and Denver City Council to ensure myriad Denver departments are staffed and funded appropriately.
CHUN to host virtual town hall with CdeBaca and Hinds. Shaping the greater Capitol Hill community through solutions-oriented leadership and community programs is essential to our mission. Join CHUN for a virtual meeting and conversation with Denver City Councilpersons Candi CdeBaca (District 9) and Chris Hinds (District 10) on Wednesday, October 6 at 6:30 pm. Please REGISTER HERE.
CHUN joins the Denver Deserves Sidewalks Campaign. Denver Streets Partnership is "calling on the City and County of Denver to create a comprehensive and integrated Denver sidewalk network to guarantee that all of Denver is designed to prioritize and connect people first and to reduce our dependence on cars." The lack of safe, accessible sidewalks and infrastructure in many parts of Capitol Hill requires immediate attention. But, the need is not isolated to our own community. It is especially prevalent in Denver's communities of color and other historically underserved neighborhoods. Public infrastructure should be equitable and readily available to all Denverites.
Register for the annual CHUN Wine Tasting and Fundraiser. Tickets are selling quickly for the 13th Annual CHUN Wine Tasting and Fundraiser. Join city leaders, friends, and neighbors for a lively evening featuring a wine tasting, light hors d'oeuvres from local restaurants, and an opportunity to connect with fellow Denverites. This event will comply with guidance from local and state public health officials. In addition, the capacity will be capped to allow for safe distancing. The tasting will be primarily held outdoors in the Logan Street Courtyard, Bubble Barn, and alleyway. All attendees are asked to be vaccinated against COVID19 before attending.
Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods is pleased to announce a $1 million investment in The Denver Foundation. This unprecedented, innovative partnership establishes the CHUN Endowments which include an agency-advised fund and operating fund. Based on average annual returns, our endowments are expected to grow between 7-9 percent annually and the organization will only draw 5 percent each year. These endowment distributions, along with our growing membership, grants, corporate partners, and other fundraising activities, will fuel our operations, SEED micro grants, community programs, and our collective vision to move Denver Forward. As Richard Wilson, CHUN's treasurer said, the “Board of Directors is doing the smart thing...to diversify our funding strategy while building in safeguards to prevent unwise financial decision making in the future." The series of funds will be preserved in perpetuity.
Frances Perkins was secretary of labor for the 12 years of Franklin D. Roosevelt's presidency and the first woman to hold a Cabinet post. Perkins writes, "The people are what matter to government, and a government should aim to give all the people under its jurisdiction the best possible life." CHUN, as a nonprofit neighborhood organization and community builder, aspires to do the same--to advocate for the best possible life for the Mile High City and its citizenry.
Travis Leiker, MPA
President and Executive Director
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CHUN News and Events
Join Neighbors at CHUN Wine Tasting September 29
CHUN celebrates Denver Days with a Neighborhood Ice Cream Social
St Francis Center Warren Residences Support Affordable Housing
CHUN SEED Award funds HRAC & Rocky Vista University Community Clean Up
CHUN Committee Reports
Community Interviews and CHUN-Talkwa - The committee has 20 names of people to be interviewed. In the past couple weeks, the team has been able to talk to six of these people. Email board member Jamie LaRue at email@example.com or call 720-530-4294 to get involved.
Little Free Pantry - The Little Free Pantry will soon be hosted by Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, a long-time CHUN community partner. The new location at 915 E. 9th Ave. will continue to provide nonperishable food items for those in need.
SEED Awards - 2021 applications are now available on the CHUN website and will be due on November 19th. Awardees will be announced in December/January.
Members of the History Matters Committee met in August to outline their plans for 2022.
Denver and Colorado News and Events
MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD: Denver 2022 Redistricting
Changing Lives Through Music - Youth Development Music Program
El Sistema Colorado is a non-profit that serves families by providing a free afterschool orchestra program to K-12 students with a passion for music. While they prioritize serving families with need, all students with an interest in music are welcome!
Registration for the fall is now open. The program is tuition-free and all instruments are provided so that all students have access. They are especially looking for students 3rd grade and older.
El Sistema Colorado Interest Form (English): https://forms.gle/RpxgvtYvmJ2d3YDJ7
El Sistema Colorado Interest Form (Spanish): https://forms.gle/hrJxTmvV9GSYhDkJ7
Denver Issues Draft Five-Year Strategic Plan to Address Housing and Homelessness
Cheesman Park Art Festival is October 2nd and 3rd
Celebrating Whittier’s History: A Park Walking Tour
La Alma Lincoln Park neighborhood designated historic cultural district
Sign Up for a Tree with The Park People
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