In This Issue:  Get Involved in 2019; January 8 General Meeting; WeCAN Running Club; Denver Treecycle; Affordable Housing Workshops; Mile High Youth Corp Energy Program; Mayor's Cabinet in the Community; District Attorney Youth Council; Cop Shop Open House; 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
WeCAN is Turning Ten in 2019!
Dear Friends and Neighbors, 

The West Colfax Association of Neighbors (WeCAN) turns 10 this year! As the West Colfax neighborhood continues to grow, so does WeCAN. We are looking forward to bringing even more neighbors together in 2019. If you are looking for ways to be more involved in your community this year please contact us! See the 'Get Involved with WeCAN in 2019' section below for more details.

WeCAN held its Year End Party in December 2018 at Brew Culture Coffee. It was a great opportunity for neighbors to come together. See more photos from the WeCAN Year End Party here.


Kind Regards,

Leah Rounds & Jessica Dominguez

WeCAN Co-Presidents

Get Involved with WeCAN in 2019

Meet some neighbors and help out right here in your West Colfax neighborhood. Here's a snap shot of what is coming in 2019 for WeCAN and other ways you can get involved.

  • West Colfax Clean-up Days in May and October
  • Tree Planting Day in April
  • WeCAN Running Club continues every Monday, 6:30pm for a lap around Sloan's Lake Park and return to Seedstock Brewery for a bogo beer.
  • Expanding our Sustainability Committee and commitment to the Sustainable Neighborhood Network
  • Join the Social Planning Committee: Help plan and organize our 10th Anniversary Party and bring more social events to West Colfax. 
  • Join the Business Outreach Committee: As more businesses move into West Colfax, WeCAN wants to connect with them all!
  • Join the Communications Committee: WeCAN Denver is on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and has a Google Calendar, help keep these up-to-date for us.

Please reach out to or with any questions or to get involved.
January 8th 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.
6:00-6:05pm: Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson starts our meetings by sharing recent crime statistics, crime prevention tips, and is available to answer all your questions and concerns.

6:05-6:10pm: Northwest COP Shop (5094 W. Colfax Ave.) update from neighbor, Carolyn Billecci, will share resources the COP Shop has and Open House Event being hosted at the COP Shop.

6:10-6:25pm: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Branch Library Program Administrator of the New Americans Project, Virginia Vassar, will present on NAP (New Americans Project) and STIR (Services to Immigrants and Refugees). Program Administrator at the Branch, Nadia Rendon, will present on Branch programming and COHS (Career Online High School).

6:25-6:40pm: 4200 W. Colfax Ave. redevelopment plans from neighbors Mike and Cole Huling. Come hear the vision for this property as a 40's inspired hotel and bar and ask your questions. 

WeCAN Running Club, Mondays, 6:30pm
@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! 

 Recycle Your Tree with Denver’s Treecycle Program 

Recycling your holiday tree is as easy as ever thanks to Denver Recycles’ annual Treecycle program. For every tree recycled with Treecycle, Denver residents help keep organic material out of the landfill, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create mulch that is made available to Denver residents for free at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May.

Participating in Treecycle is easy, free, and truly a no-brainer. After the holidays, follow these easy steps to recycle your tree:
  1. Remove all decorations, lights, and the tree stand from your tree.
  2. Set your tree out for collection on one of your scheduled trash collection days during the two-week Treecycle collection period.
  3. Reclaim free mulch made from your tree at the annual Mulch Giveaway & Compost Sale in May 2019.
Last year, Denver residents recycled more than 20,000 trees. Participate in this year’s Treecycle program and help Denver recycle even more! For more information about Treecycle, the annual Mulch Giveaway and Compost Sale and all other Denver Recycles programs, visit  call 311 (720-913-1311).
Volunteers Needed: Support Denver Public Library Efforts to Connect Individuals with Affordable Rental Housing

The Rodolfo “Corky” Gonzales Library is launching a new initiative to help community members in need of affordable rental housing connect and apply to available programs. We are seeking volunteers from the community to support this effort!

Volunteers will be trained on how to help individuals identify affordable rental housing opportunities, complete, and submit applications as part of housing application workshops which will be held the third Wednesday of each month from 3:00-5:30pm, beginning in February 2019.

Volunteers must attend an initial training, agree to a background check, and be willing to make a 6-month commitment. For more information or to apply to volunteer, please contact Alix Midgley, Community Resource Specialist, at (720) 865-2361, or



Mile High Youth Corp Energy and
Water Conservation Program

Mile High Youth Corp (MHYC) provides FREE energy assessments to income-qualified households. As determined by the assessment, MHYC will provide FREE energy efficient devices. MHYC trains youth corps members to provide these services. Learn more at

Mayor Michael B. Hancock's
Cabinet in the Community

Denver District Attorney’s Office Youth Advisory Council: Apply Now!

The Youth Advisory Council is a group of engaged, dedicated, and diverse young people ages 11-18 who are committed to helping young people make good choices and not ending up in the criminal justice cycle. The Council will work with the District Attorney to gather community concerns, generate ideas for improvement, and discuss the role of the District Attorney’s office.
The Council will provide an ongoing youth voice to inform the District Attorney as she believes that youth are best served when they are active participants in decisions made about them. The District Attorney will look to the expertise of our youth to enhance and transform our juvenile criminal justice systems.

The Council will meet the third Wednesday of every month from 4:30-6:00 pm. If you are interested in participating please contact Chief Deputy District Attorney Michael Song at 720-913-9150 or
West Colfax Open House: Northwest Denver Public Safety Resource Center

In collaboration with the Denver Police Department District 1 Invite you to join us for an Open House: Tuesday, March 5, 2019 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at 5094 West Colfax Ave.

BE A PART OF THE BLUE BRIDGE. LEARN HOW YOU TOO CAN PARTICIPATE IN SUPPORTING PUBLIC SAFETY IN NORTHWEST DENVER! The Northwest Denver Public Safety Resource Center is a community-oriented nonprofit whose vision is to improve public safety through education, resources, and facilitating dialog between the community and the Denver Police Department. As a resource center, the organization acts as an information first stop for city and area community services to the residents of Northwest Denver’s District 1.
West Colfax in the News
There's always something happening in West Colfax; here are a few recent headlines.

Pedestrian hit, killed by driver on West Colfax in Denver, Fox31 Denver, January 3, 2019.

West Colfax redevelopment site corralled at $80 per square foot, Colorado Real Estate Journal, December 27, 2018.

Denver Councilman Rafael Espinoza, a strong voice on development, pulls out of re-election run in northwest district. Denver Post, December 20, 2018. 

Former CorePower instructors opening fitness studio on West ColfaxBusinessDen, December 6, 2018.

Former West Colfax used car lot fetches $1.5M; redevelopment planned, BusinessDen, December 4, 2018.
WeCAN General Meeting

Tuesday January 8, 2019


1400 Quitman St., main hall


6:00-6:05: Denver Police District 1 Community Resource Officer, Bob Anderson

6:05-6:10: Northwest COP Shop, neighbor Carolyn Billecci

6:10-6:25: Rodolfo "Corky" Gonzales Library, Program Administrator of the New Americans Project, Virginia Vassar, and Branch Program Administrator, Nadia Rendon
6:25-6:40: 4200 W. Colfax Ave. redevelopment, Mike and Cole Huling

West Colfax
Events Calendar

January 2019
1-5  Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

2-4  Denver Treecycle pick-up

7-11  Denver Treecycle pick-up

7-11  Extra Trash Pick-up SOUTH of Colfax Ave.

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

8  WeCAN General Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm

16  WeCAN Board of Directors Meeting, 1400 Quitman St., 6:00pm
21  Denver Police District 1 Citizens Advisory Group (CAG), District 1 Station, 1311 W. 46th Ave., 6:00pm

28-2/1  Extra Trash Pick-up NORTH of Colfax Ave.

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 or call 303-578-6263 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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