A Letter from John
Dear Friends and Neighbors
Just when you think spring is in the air, along comes an April snowstorm in time for election night. CHUN thanks everyone who voted for being engaged in the future of our City.
We hope you enjoy this edition of Urban Dweller. It is particularly packed full of news and events to get involved with. These include ¡Viva! Streets, which will close Broadway from Alameda to Welton Street to vehicles in order to make space for cyclists and pedestrians, how to obtain free trees to help reduce heat islands, and a community clean-up of Cheesman park.
In news closer to home, this will be the final introduction I write for Urban Dweller. Next month, I will be starting a new role as president and CEO of Historic Denver. I am excited to join the Historic Denver team and to champion the economic and social value of existing buildings, but will be sad to leave my role at CHUN. It has been a pleasure working with the wonderful board of directors and engaged members. Here is the role description if you are interested in applying for the position of Executive Director.
I hope you enjoy the warmer weather as we move through this month.
Best wishes from all of us at CHUN!
John Deffenbaugh | Executive Director
Business Member of the Month
Pete's Satire Lounge
CHUN News and Updates
CHUN is Accepting Applications for an Executive Director
CHUN is accepting applications for an Executive Director who is passionate about Denver and eager to shape the future of our 9 greater Capitol Hill neighborhoods and Denver.
The Executive Director will propose, prepare, and present to the Board of Directors specific programs, activities, and actions that will further CHUN’s mission and vision. The incumbent oversees the day-to-day affairs of the organization. This position reports to the Board of Directors, with day-to-day reporting to the President of the Board of Directors.
Organization: Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods Inc., a nonprofit/501c3
Location: Central Denver/Greater Capitol Hill Community
Job Type: Independent Contractor or Part-time, hourly.
Compensation: Up to $2000.00-$2,500.00/per month
Benefits: Flexible schedule
Click here for a full job description. If interested, please apply to Secretary@chundenver.org .
April 5: ¡Viva! Streets Webinar
March CHUN Happy Hour at Pete's Satire Lounge
Volunteer Opportunities in our CHUN Neighborhoods
April 11 and 12: SafeHouse Denver Spring Appeal Mailing
SafeHouse Denver serves survivors of domestic violence and their children through an Emergency Shelter, a non-residential Counseling & Advocacy Center and an Extended Stay Program.
Spring Appeal Mailings
For those who sign up, they will send you final details, and a reminder a couple days before.
May 13: Cheesman Park Clean Up
CHUN Committee Reports
Community Engagement Committee
The Community Engagement committee is looking for members. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested! The committee meets every other month on the third Thursday at 6 p.m.
Upcoming Engagement Opportunities include:
○ Cap Hill Spring Clean-up: Sat. April 1 at 9 a.m. Join neighbors for a small neighborhood clean-up on April 1 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The event is organized by community member Paul Bork and supported by CHUN and other neighborhood organizations. Meet us at Ideal Market at 9am on Saturday!
○ VIVA Streets Informational Webinar: Wed. April 5 at 5:30 p.m. Join the ¡Viva! Streets project team on April 5th from 5:30 - 6:30 PM to chat about all things ¡Viva! Streets during this CHUN-exclusive webinar! The discussion will provide basic information about ¡Viva! Streets and leave plenty of time to answer any questions you may have about the program. Register here.
○ SafeHouse Denver is looking for volunteers to help with their Spring fundraising appeal mailing on Tue. April 10 and Wed. April 11. Email email@example.com if you are interested.
○ Parks, Rivers, Trails, & Trees: Sat. May 13 at 10 a.m. The second annual Parks, Rivers, Trails & Trees is a city-wide park stewardship day and community celebration, and a great volunteer opportunity for individuals and families who care about our parks and shared public outdoor spaces. CHUN is hosting the park clean up at Cheesman Park from 10am-Noon. A community celebration for all clean-up teams will be at City Park directly following. Registration is now open! Sign up here!
To help potential new members understand the value of joining CHUN, the Development committee created a new elevator pitch for CHUN:
Joining CHUN gives you an opportunity to meet more of your neighbors and work with them to improve your neighborhood and city.
CONNECT: CHUN members connect to their neighborhood through volunteer opportunities, social activities and committee work.
INFORM: CHUN members become informed through monthly neighborhood meetings, webinars, community forums, social media and our monthly newsletter.
IMPACT: CHUN makes an impact through engagement with City officials, private developers, local businesses and neighbors to negotiate creative solutions to issues in your neighborhood.
The Development Committee continues to meet to plan the CHUN Sept 21 fundraising event. Let us know if you are, or know of, a restaurant or food vendor who is interested in garnering new potential customers by putting samples of their food in front of our community and neighbors - send email to CHUN Development.
History Matters Committee
At our March board meeting, the CHUN board approved the following 'land acknowledgement' that will be added to CHUN's diversity, equity and inclusion statement:
"Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods honors and acknowledges that the land on which we reside is the traditional territory of the Ute, Cheyenne, and Arapaho Peoples. We also recognize the 48 contemporary tribal nations that are historically tied to the lands that make up the state of Colorado. May this acknowledgment demonstrate a commitment to working to address ongoing legacies of oppression and inequities and recognize the past, present and future contributions of Indigenous communities in Denver."
CHUN is supporting a Denver Landmark designation for the house at 1741 Gaylord. CHUN members will attend the April 24 Denver City Council meeting to speak about protecting this historic property.
In March, CHUN hosted a webinar with Rowena Alegria, Chief Storyteller for the City of Denver, regarding how Denver played a leading role in the fight for the civil rights of people living with disabilities and moving the mark towards the creation of the America Disabilities Act (ADA).
Urban Planning Committee
In March, CHUN board members voted to endorse a 'yes' vote for Amendments 2M and 2N that are included in this year's April municipal election. We believe that a “yes” vote on these questions will support accountability and transparency.
Denver and Colorado News and Updates
NEW Changes to Denver Compost Begin April 1
Congress Park Sport Courts will close on April 3
Denver Seeking Residents for Sidewalk Ordinance Task Force
Get a FREE TREE and Help Reduce Heat Islands in Denver
April 13: 'Shine a Light' Supporting Organ, Eye and Tissue Donations
April 15: Free Community Self-Defense Class
April 19: Day of Service at City Park
There is a large volunteer event coming up for the annual Starbucks Day of Service, where 400 volunteers are expected to mulch trees, remove debris, pull weeds, spread crusher fines on the trail, and paint throughout City Park. Please make note that the park will have a lot of volunteers working this morning! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Tina.firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, April 19
8 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
April 20: The Mile High 420 Festival is at Denver Civic Center
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