Ruby Hill Neighbor Recognized for Service to Community
On May 12, Ruby Hill neighbor Brandy Moe was presented with the Keep Denver Beautiful “Outstanding Community Service Volunteer” award for her contributions toward keeping Denver clean and beautiful. At the annual Community Service Awards dinner, Brandy and recipients of other Keep Denver Beautiful awards were honored for their work in the community.
Neighborhood residents may be familiar with Brandy from the Ruby Hill Facebook group where she often posts helpful resources and events occurring in and around our neighborhood. She also serves the community by contacting local officials for updates on the improvements going on in Ruby Hill Park and surrounding trails and bike paths, which she then shares to keep everyone informed. Additionally, Brandy has participated in several public meetings for local improvement projects, representing the Ruby Hill neighborhood’s interests in connectivity and walkability.
Her volunteer work—while much valued by the Ruby Hill neighborhood—is not confined to this area of Denver alone. She volunteered on a monthly basis with Reading Partners Colorado for several years, reading with elementary school students. “It’s a really well structured program. I loved it.” She’s also contributed her time to other Colorado non-profits like the Center for Resource Conservation and Zuma’s Rescue Ranch.
Brandy champions environmental issues such as xeriscaping and urban farming, and serves as a leader for the Ruby Hill Community Garden. She has been instrumental in getting Ruby Hill’s community garden connected through Denver Urban Gardens and eligible for grants and other assistance. And she enjoys passing on the knowledge she learns. “As a Denver Master Composter I have taught tons of classes and helped folks set up compost areas in their backyard,” Brandy said.
Brandy’s impact doesn’t stop at helping to keep neighbors informed about local issues; she also has inspired others with her trash collecting challenge. It started spontaneously. “I spotted a plastic bag hanging from a small tree as I walked up the northern most sledding hill,” said Brandy. She freed the bag from the tree and then filled it with trash as she walked. She posted a picture of the trash she’d collected on Facebook, encouraging neighbors to do the same. Others took up the challenge, posting their pictures of the garbage they’d collected, actively participating in improving their neighborhood.
“I had been whining about how trashy the neighborhood is and she gently encouraged me pick up trash on my walks,” said Ruby Hill neighbor Jill Brogdon. “So, I did! I do it a couple times a week. I’m looking forward to a week when there will not be enough trash to pick up more than once.”
Growing up in rural North Dakota, Brandy learned the value of community. “My parents were involved in every board and committee imaginable, whether it was the church council, the president of the township and everything in between.” Brandy follows the example of her parents’ involvement in their community by being active in the Ruby Hill-Godsman Neighborhood Association, helping to organize events and to disseminate information. “When we purchased our home in Ruby Hill in 2010, I truly had no idea how easy it would be to get involved with the community,” Brandy said. “I had never imagined that I would have an opportunity to feel so connected within my small neighborhood in the middle of this big city. I fell in love with the Ruby Hill neighborhood before we had even put an offer on our little house next to the park and my love continues to grow with each passing year.”
Join me in thanking Brandy Moe for all she does in and around our neighborhood, and in congratulating her on this well-deserved recognition!