What is WeCAN?

The West Colfax Association of Neighbors – aka WeCAN – is the Registered Neighborhood Organization (RNO) for the West Colfax neighborhood in the City and County of Denver. WeCAN, a registered nonprofit 501(c)(3), was founded in 2009 and is located in the beautiful city of Denver, Colorado. RNOs are groups formed by residents and property owners within a neighborhood who meet regularly and whose organizational and contact information is kept on file with the City’s Community Planning and Development Department. Like all organizations active in the Denver community, RNOs are an important part of the fabric of the city and play a key role in the ongoing effort to make Denver a great place to live and work.

Neighbors participate in the West Colfax Clean-Up Day

May 2016 Clean-Up Day

WeCAN Running Club Fall 2016

WeCAN Running Club

WeCAN’s boundaries stretch from 19th Avenue and Sloan's Lake on the north to the Lakewood/Dry Gulch Park on the south, from Sheridan Blvd., on the west to Federal Blvd., on the east. WeCAN is very active and has been awarded recognition from the City and County of Denver for its community building, humanitarian aid, sustainability efforts, and more. Our committees focus on numerous areas of importance for the neighborhood including land use and zoning, marketing and community outreach, social events, sustainability, business outreach, and fundraising. WeCAN has numerous regular programs in the neighborhood including the WeCAN Running Club, two neighborhood clean-up and graffiti removal days, a tree planting day every spring, and more.  And we often lead or participate in special projects in the neighborhood that fit with WeCAN's mission and values.

There is no fee to join WeCAN. Our general membership meeting meets on the 2nd Tuesday of the month typically features local announcements and "things to know", a report from the local police officers assigned to the community, reports from City Council representatives, and other invited speakers on the featured topics of the month. Our agenda for the upcoming month's general membership meeting is published at the beginning of each month in our electronic newsletter and social media sites. The Board of Directors meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend and listen in or bring an issue to the Board. Our Board members also attend other RNO meetings so that there is continuity and collaboration within the neighborhood.

It’s an exciting time in West Colfax with the SLOANS redevelopment in full swing, a new library, new businesses entering the neighborhood, and more. Come and get to know your neighbors, learn about our passions, our commitment to a healthy, safe, and prosperous community to live and work and raise a family.

Mounted Denver Police Department officers greet neighbors and children at the West Colfax Cop Shop grand opening

West Colfax Cop Shop Grand Opening

What is the difference between a RNO and a Homeowner’s Association?

Homeowner Associations (HOAs) are generally paid membership organizations that are mandatory with home ownership in certain housing developments. Registered Neighborhood Organizations (RNOs), by contrast, are generally larger groups of residents and property owners that represent significant geographic areas within the city and that usually do not charge membership fees (or nominal administrative fees). An HOA that represents a smaller, individual development within a neighborhood may also register with the city as an RNO if it meets the minimum membership (12 members) — as long as it is active, led by local residents and working within the intent of the ordinance to facilitate communication between the city and its members.