In This Issue: May 14 General Meeting; Get Involved; WeCAN Run Club; West Colfax Clean-Up Day; 17th 7 Meade voting recap; Compost Workshop; Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale; Plant & Garden Sale; Great Denver Clean-up; Ballots Due May 7; Alzheimer's Educational Series; Home Energy Score; Backyard Compost; West Colfax in the News
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The West Colfax
Association of Neighbors(WeCAN) 
is the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for the neighbors who live, work, or own property in the West Colfax neighborhood.
WeCAN meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6:00pm, in the main hall of the Confluence Ministries building, 1400 Quitman Street.
Bringing Neighbors Together to Build Community
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

Thank you Tree Planting volunteers! WeCAN partnered with The Park People and Denver Digs Trees to bring this annual event back to West Colfax. We had a beautiful morning with neighbors and beautifying Denver. Special thanks to Brew Culture Coffee for providing meeting space and the Alamo Drafthouse Denver for sending a crew to join the WeCAN team!

Please join us for our next WeCAN Event, the bi-annual West Colfax Clean-up Day, Saturday, June 1st, starting at 9am.  More information about this event and how to RSVP is below.

Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Jessica Dominguez

WeCAN Co-Presidents

May 14 General Meeting
WeCAN meets the second Tuesday of every month (January-May, August-November), 6:00-7:00pm in the Main Hall of the Confluence Ministries Building at 1400 Quitman St. Here is a glimpse at this month's General Meeting.
6:00pm: Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson, and the Northwest Denver Public Safety Resource Center begins our meetings by sharing recent crime statistics, crime prevention tips, and is available to answer all your questions and concerns.
6:05pm: Denver Animal Protection will present on the laws and resources available regarding pets in the community. 

6:10pm: Nicole Leon, from Denver’s Sexual Assault Interagency Council and Danielle Robinson, from the Denver District Attorney’s Office, will be presenting on Denver’s response to sexual assault, including Denver’s Start by Believing campaign
6:25pm: Christina Contreras, of the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC) will present on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs), take your questions, and share information on how to join the WCRD leadership committee. WDRC will be leading outreach on redevelopment planning effort in 2019, continuing to focus on minimizing displacement, AND will be working closely with CPD on the coming West Denver neighborhood planning initiative.


6:40pm: Andrew Halpern, from Mile High Youth Corp will present on different programming and sustainability projects the non-profit is currently focusing on.
6:45: Sprout City Farms is a local urban agriculture nonprofit with a community garden, Mountair Park Community Farm, located at 13th and Depew. Come to learn about the farm and how to get involved.
WeCAN Announcements 

6:50pm: Bruce O'Donnell of Starboard Realty Group will present on the latest plans for a rezone request at 17th Ave. & Sheridan St. Learn about the current plans for this block and the mediation process it has gone through with surrounding neighbors. A few West Colfax neighbors living near the project will also be there to share their support and concerns. There will be time for Q&A on this project as it moves forward.

7:10pm: Adjourn

WeCAN needs you! Volunteer to be a part of the Board of Directors

WeCAN is run on 100% volunteer power, and we need neighbors to join the WeCAN Board of Directors! Help organize monthly general meeting and be a leader in your West Colfax neighborhood! Please contact and if you're interested in joining.

WeCAN Running Club, Mondays, 6:30pm at Seedstock Brewery

The WeCAN Running Club has been going strong for over 2 years now! Come out to run, jog or walk with your West Colfax neighbors every Monday! 

West Colfax Clean-up Day: 
 Join the WeCAN Team!


Join with WeCAN and Extreme Community Makeover at the next West Colfax Clean-up Day!

When: Saturday, June 1, 9:00 AM
Where: Meet at Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St.

This is a great way to partner with your neighbors to:
  • complete exterior home repair or improvement projects for a neighbor in need
  • clean up trash on the streets and alleys
  • remove graffiti
  • meet neighbors and make connections
Lunch is provided. Projects are generally completed by 4PM, but you can come for a half day. Children of all ages are welcome to come with an adult willing to work with and supervise them.
Please contact Diana Dietvorst at 303-550-985 or to volunteer for the day. 

Voting Recap from last month: 17th & Meade

Thank you neighbors for being a part of the process and taking the time to learn about and add your voice to the rezone proposal for the property at 17th & Meade. There were 253 valid votes, 190 were in opposition to the proposed development (75.1%), 2.3% voted to take no stance, and 22.1% were in support.

WeCAN will be writing a letter of opposition to this proposal, which will be presented at the Denver City and County Public Hearing; day and time to be determined and will be posted on our Events Calendar page.

You can see a copy of the letter WeCAN has provided here. Please reach out to WeCAN Co-Presidents Leah Rounds ( and Jessica Dominguez ( if you have any questions.

Neighbors are also encouraged to write letters individually in support or opposition to this project to Denver City Council or attend the Public Hearing. 


The Colfax Marathon is coming through West Colfax May 19

West Colfax Avenue will be closed for the Colfax Marathon on Sunday, May 17 in the morning. Get more information on routes, maps and time at


Communication, Community & Compost Workshop

Don't Waster the Good Stuff: Start Composting Now!
Denver Neighborhood Compost Challenge!

Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale - May 4 at Sloan's Lake Park

It's time for Denver Recycle's Annual mulch giveaway and compost sale! Saturday, May 4, starting at 8am at the corner of 17th and Sheridan at Sloan's Lake Park. Don't forget your shovel, tarp, wheel barrow and gloves!
 EarthLinks Plant & Garden Sale
People experiencing homelessness & poverty

Friday, May 10, 12 - 6 pm
Saturday, May 11,  9 am - 3 pm
EarthLinks Workshop, 2746 W. 13th Ave.

Organically grown flowers, herbs & vegetable seedling,
House plants, hand crafted gifts, cards, candles, and honey

Grown by participants and volunteers of the 
 EarthLinks Workshop Program.


Great Denver Clean-up, May 18th

Got a garage to clean out? Yard debris to get rid out? The Great Denver Clean-up on May 18 can help! FREE drop-off site at North High School, 2960 N. Speer Blvd. starting at 9am.


Don't forget: Denver City Ballots are DUE May 7 by 7:00pm

Information on all things elections can be found at, including ballot drop-off locations.

Alzheimer's & Dementia Educational Series at the Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library

Pilot Program: Home Energy Score for Denver Residents
Join hundreds of your neighbors in understanding your home’s estimated energy costs, and what upgrades can help now and over time. You can be in the know too, by requesting a free Home Energy Score (typical cost of $175) through the City & County of Denver’s pilot program if you recently purchased your home, are buying or planning to sell a home in Denver.
Request a Score here if you:
  1. Recently purchased a home in Denver (within the past 12 months)
  2. Are preparing to sell your Denver home
  3. Are under contract for a Denver property
Questions? Contact:
More information about the pilot can be found at:
Learn to Backyard Compost

From Denver Recycles and Denver Urban Gardens, learn all about to to successfully compost in your own backyard
Classes run May through October.

West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.

Sloan’s Lake redevelopment proposal heads to council facing neighborhood opposition, BusinessDen, May 1, 2019.

A West Colfax parking lot could become 320 homes, half of them affordable, Denverite, April 30, 2019.

Here’s where Denver will start spending its new $37.5M parks fund, Denver Post, April 29, 2019.

Little Man Ice Cream Keeps on Churning5280 Magazine, April 29, 2018.

One-Bedroom Rent Prices for Every Denver Neighborhood Right Now, Westword, April 25, 2019.

Into the Wild West with Cisco the Nomad, 303 Magazine, April 24, 2019.

Charges Filed in Only Four of 2019's Thirteen Denver Homicides, Westword, April 23, 2019.

Denver’s 2019 City Council Race: District 3, 5280 Magazine, April 19, 2018.

Denver’s 2019 City Council Race: District 15280 Magazine, April 19, 2018.

Voters Hear Arguments For & Against On Initiative 300, CBS4 Denver, April 9, 2019.
MAY 2019
WeCAN General Meeting

Tuesday May14, 2019

1400 Quitman St., main hall


6:00: Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson, and the Northwest Denver Public Safety Resource Center 

6:05: Denver Animal Protection

6:10: Nicole Leon, from Denver’s Sexual Assault Interagency Council and Danielle Robinson, from the Denver District Attorney’s Office

6:25: Christina Contreras, of the West Denver Renaissance Collaborative (WDRC)

6:40: Andrew Halpern, from Mile High Youth Corp

6:45: Sprout City Farms

WeCAN Announcements 

6:50: Bruce O'Donnell of Starboard Realty Group will present on the latest plans for a rezone request at 17th Ave. & Sheridan St.

7:10: Adjourn

West Colfax
Events Calendar

May 2019
4  Denver’s annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale, Sloan's Lake Park, 17th & Sheridan, 8:00am

4  Communication, Community & Composting Workshop, La Alma Recreation Center, 1325 W 11th Ave., 10:30am

6  WeCAN Running Club Seedstock Brewery, 3610 W Colfax Ave, 6:30pm 
*WeCAN Running Club every Monday

10  EarthLinks Plant & Garden Sale, EarthLinks, 2746 W 13th Ave, 12:00pm  

11  EarthLinks Plant & Garden Sale, EarthLinks, 2746 W 13th Ave, 9:00am
14  WeCAN General Meeting, Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00-7:00pm

Alzheimer's & Dementia Educational Series,  Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library, 1498 Irving St., 11:00am

15  Affordable Housing Assistance Workshop, Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, 1498 Irving St., 3:00-5:30pm.

18  Great Denver Cleanup, North High School, 2960 Speer Blvd, 9:00am

19  Colfax Marathon, W. Colfax Ave. closed in the AM

20  Denver Police District 1 Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), District 1 Station, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

20-24  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

27-31  Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

June 1 West Colfax Clean-up Day, Confluence Ministries, 1400 Quitman St., 9:00am



Find a complete calendar of West Colfax events at our Events Calendar.

Know of an event happening in West Colfax or the surrounding neighborhoods? Please share your events with us at and we’ll add them to the WeCAN calendar.
The West Colfax Association of Neighbors (WeCAN) acts as community stewards to connect neighbors with information, resources, and one another in the West Colfax neighborhood. WeCAN brings awareness and a voice to issues facing our historic but fast-changing community, develops and leads award-winning sustainability and community-building projects, and works to enhance our neighborhood while preserving the unique character and diversity of West Colfax.
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