Message from CHUN Leadership
We are a little delayed in sending out this issue of Urban Dweller as I just returned from a week in London running their marathon. Whenever I travel, the urban planning geek in me is always thinking about how what I’m seeing and learning could translate to Denver. This was especially true on this trip. The word “community” is used a lot; indeed, it is often misused to stereotype or generalize. There are many definitions of the word, but the one I appreciate the most is in the Collins Dictionary to describe a group of people with “a sense of something in common.” We are all stronger when we work together to achieve a common goal or objective. I would have thrown in the towel around mile 24, for example, were it not for the support of runners around me and the almost one million spectators yelling our names and cheering us on. Working together makes good things happen.
The point of that somewhat self-indulgent metaphor was to highlight the many items in this issue of Urban Dweller that involve partnership, working together, and community.
CHUN’s partnership with City Streets Investors will see the historic Tears McFarlane House restored and returned to use as a publicly accessible asset. This has been made possible thanks to our innovative partnership with City Streets Investors.
CHUN also worked with Metro Caring to create volunteering opportunities to support fellow Denverites in urgent need of nutritious food at no cost. Again, an example of people coming together around a common cause. We thank everyone at Metro Caring for their inspiring work.
Leonardo DiCaprio (no hyperlink needed!) even shared a Facebook post tagging CHUN as one of several organizations working together to support environmental justice in their community.
Anther learning from my trip focused on transit and I have to confess to geeking out on my first journey on the Elizabeth Line, the first new tube line to be built in London in 23 years. The project had its problems but the outcome is smooth and efficient, and the station announcer even apologized for our train arriving two minutes late. To be fair, the trains do arrive every three minutes throughout the day. In Denver, we are excited to see the Colfax Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) move forward. CHUN, Colfax Ave BID, and many other neighborhood representatives are working in partnership with the city on this exciting project that offers a positive glimpse into a sustainable and accessible Denver.
I hope you enjoy this issue of Urban Dweller; grateful as always to work with you all.
Business Member of the Month
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CHUN News and Events
October 11: Join Us for a Community Forum on November 8 Ballot Initiatives
October 16: Walking Tour of Curtis Park & Historic Five Points
Thanks for Participating in CHUN's 2022 'Celebrate Community' Annual Fundraiser
CHUN and Metro Caring Come Together for a Day of Volunteerism
Applications are Open for 2022 - 2023 CHUN SEED Awards
Central to CHUN's mission and vision is the belief that communities can only become healthier and more vibrant through active citizen involvement and civic entrepreneurship.
To support this mission, each year, CHUN distributes SEED awards for Smart development, Enrichment and learning, Environmental sustainability and Diversity to neighborhood organizations and nonprofits for projects enhancing the greater Capitol Hill neighborhoods.
Recipients can receive up to $1,000 in SEED awards to enhance their own mission. Details on funding priorities and an online application are available on CHUN's website. A list of past recipients is also available here.
CHUN Executive Committee Members Share CHUN's Progress at American Planning Association Colorado Planning Conference
Leonardo DiCaprio Mentions Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods in a September Facebook Post on Neighborhood Climate Action Programs
Over the past two decades, environmentalist, philanthropist, and actor, Leonardo DiCaprio, has lent his platform and voice to our planet, advocating for the urgency and need to act fast to fight the greatest threat facing humanity: climate change.
From advocating for climate action with President Obama and President Trump, to speaking at the Paris Agreement signing ceremony, to dedicating his Golden Globe to vulnerable communities, DiCaprio has successfully engaged the broader public to galvanize action at the local and national level to protect our planet before it is too late.
CHUN Supports the Denver Public Library
Denver and Colorado News and Events
October 14: The Ghosts of Capitol Hill Walking Tour
Do heads float beneath the Capitol? Is there an unknown heroine who protects the state from sexual misadventures? How is it that a cow moos near Colfax and Broadway? What about the reported ghosts at the Brown Palace? How about the Spirit of John Henry Gower (leader of the American Society for Psychic Research)?
Answers to these questions and other wild tales will be provided by Denver historian and local legend Phil Goodstein, and your ticket is being purchased courtesy of your real estate dream team: The Alchemy Group!
October 23: Day of the Dead 5K/10K
November 19: Pumpkin Pie 5K/10K
Congress Park Projects Scheduled for 2022 and 2023
SafeHouse Denver Recognizes October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM)
With one in three women, one in four men and one in two trans or nonbinary individuals experiencing some form of abuse (physical, emotional, sexual and/or financial) by a past or present intimate partner, the scope of this issue demands greater attention from our communities.
As a local leader in supporting survivors of domestic violence and raising public awareness about this issue, SafeHouse Denver believes that everyone deserves a life free from abuse.
While DVAM happens every October, the need for prevention and intervention services exists year-round. As domestic violence incidents continue to plague the region and survivors continue to experience exacerbated traumas related to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, SafeHouse Denver has remained committed to its mission while expanding programs like Community Education.
SafeHouse Denver is the only agency in the city and county of Denver with a full spectrum of trauma-informed services for survivors of domestic violence and their children. SafeHouse Denver provides individualized, compassionate and comprehensive services through a 24-Hour Crisis & Information Line, an Emergency Shelter, an Extended Stay Program and a non-residential Counseling & Advocacy Center. These life-saving services are offered 100% free of charge for all survivors from any demographics.
Free Compostable Leaf Bags and A Chance to Win ACE Gift Certificates or a Leaf Blower
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