Service is an essential part of any time spent taking part in an Urban Plunge trip. This experience motivates groups to understand the issues surrounding poverty and to see realistic ways that the community of Denver is working to combat poverty and homelessness. The Urban Education/Plunge program seeks to work with groups to find sites that will be compelling and meaningful for their interests. In the past we have worked in/with:
- Food Preparation and Service (soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and drop in shelters)
- Sorting/Packing Food & Basic Needs (food pantries, Food Bank of the Rockies, and other organizations that distribute essentials like hygiene products and medical supplies)
- The Elderly
- The Disabled
- Maintenance, Painting, and Minor Construction
Denver Food & Fun
Denver is a great urban and multicultural city. The Urban Education team will help to find activities and restaurants that best interest each individual group.
Enjoy the outdoors? Get out and venture into the mountains. We can find some great day and evening hiking trips for all activity levels. There are also some great ski slopes only about 2 hours away from Denver. Does rafting interest you? We can recommend a great and reliable company. Otherwise, Denver has the largest city park system in the nation. Head out for a picnic or just some leisure time.
Want to hear some music? Check out the natural Red Rocks Amphitheater where many star performers have recorded live albums. Shows happen frequently, just check out their website, Red Rocks. The park is free and is located west on I-70 about 20 minutes from Denver. Enjoy this site in the afternoon, evening, or after sunset to see an amazing view of Denver. There are plenty of areas around to do a short hike and simply hang out among beautiful sights. Outdoor movies also periodically play at Red Rocks. For other music events check out the free WestWord newspaper for info on shows playing and other local arts.
Sports fans? Cheer on the Rockies baseball team at Coors Field. Coors Field is a beautiful park located in Lower Downtown. Rock Pile seats are only $4.00 and available one hour before the game! Denver is also home to the Broncos, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Nuggets. Depending on the time of year we can help you find tickets.
Like museums, the zoo, or want to go to an amusement park? Denver is home to the Museum of Nature and Science, which has an IMAX Theatre! To find out what’s showing at the IMAX call: 303-322-7009. Other great options include the Colorado History Museum or the Denver Art Museum. The Denver Zoo is open all year long and is home to has some fantastic special exhibitions. Another great option for groups is Denver’s amusement park, Elitch Gardens. Ask the Urban Education team about discounted tickets!
Want to check out downtown? Denver’s 16th Street Mall has a huge selection of stores and restaurants. It is a pedestrian only street with free bus transportation.
Interested in the Capitol or the US Mint? Call (303) 405-4759 to schedule for a group of 15 or more. For groups fewer than 15, contact your congressional representative at least 3 weeks in advance.
The Urban Education team also has great restaurant recommendations and encourages groups to try something new. Some great places include:
- S.A.M.E. Café
$2.00 for a meal or working in the café for 15 min.
2023 E. Colfax Ave
- Beau Jo’s Pizza
Famous for its Colorado Mountain Pies
2710 S Colorado Blvd
- Casa Bonita
A unique Colorado landmark featuring Mexican food and cliff divers!
6715 W Colfax Ave
Lakewood, CO 80214
- Pete’s Kitchen
A classic diner-style restaurant just down the street.
1962 E Colfax Ave
- Also check out Westword’s annual listing of the best restaurants: Best of Awards and Best New Restaurants
Denver is home to a wide variety of people from all religious backgrounds. We encourage groups to try something different and to step outside of their comfort zone. Just let us know what kind of experience you want to have and we will find a church or other religious experience that will be the best fit.
Here’s a couple of options:
- Macedonia Baptist Church
- St. John’s Cathedral , Episcopal
- The Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Catholic
- Denver Community Church, Nondenominational
- Scum of the Earth, Nondenominational
Groups should have their own transportation to Denver and around the city. We can help you organize this but cannot provide it. While Denver has a great public transportation system, groups should not rely solely on it to meet all of their transportation needs as some service sites and activities are outside of metro Denver.
DenUM and the Urban Education/ Plunge programs are not religiously affiliated. DenUM has its roots in the Methodist church. In 1981 Denver Urban Ministries was organized by a group of United Methodist laity and clergy who saw a need for a concentrated response to issues related to poverty in Denver’s most impoverished neighborhoods.
DenUM became incorporated as a 501(c)(3) human service agency in 1984 to provide emergency and stabilization services.
In 2010 DenUM’s Urban Education program combined with the Urban Servant Corps’ Plunge program to create a more thorough curriculum and expand our capacity to provide learning opportunities about the realities of poverty.
The Urban Servant Corps is a Lutheran yearlong volunteer program, where its volunteers serve full time at different non-profits in the Denver area and seek to live the tenants of service, simplicity, intentional community, affirmation of welcome, and spirituality.
DenUM is no longer religiously affiliated and prohibits volunteers, staff, and anyone participating in Urban Education from proselytizing. We wish for our volunteers to live their faith through action but ask that these discussions not be held while actively serving at sites or organizations so that DenUM may continue to be seen as an inclusive place for people of all backgrounds and religious commitments.