Denver INC celebrates neighbors making a difference

33rd annual awards honor individuals, community projects


A group of Denver residents and schools were honored for their work in 2018, celebrating conservationists, activism and community projects.

The Denver Inter-Neighborhood Cooperation (INC) held its annual award ceremony on Jan. 23. Two new awards were given this year, the Youth Civic Engagement Awards and the INC Sustainability Award.

During the 1990s, INC created the $1 Dictionary project, which gave out dictionaries to all third-grade students in Denver. After the program was canceled, the organization still wanted a way to work with young people of Denver. Karen Taylor, who presented the new award to two schools, said it was a way to honor young people doing good in the community. The two schools also received $500 toward their projects.

The INC recently created a new sustainability committee in addition to awarding a community member for promoting conservation efforts in Denver.

Before the awards ceremony, Michael Henry gave a speech on the impact a community organization can have. Henry was one of the founding members of the INC back in 1975, and has also served as president of the Capitol Hill United Neighborhoods organization. He highlighted victories by the INC, as well as several other neighborhood organizations over the last four decades.

Irene Aguilar, a former state senator who represented a portion of Denver, and director of the Neighborhood Equity and Stabilization Team, spoke about the need to preserve the city’s history and cultural diversity.

Grace Lopez Ramierez from the Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Engagement presented the awards, giving a brief explanation of each person’s achievements over the last year. Winners were nominated by INC community members and then selected.


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