What do warm cookies and civic health have in common, and what exactly is civic health? Well, Evan Weissman established Warm Cookies of the Revolution to answer those exact questions! WCOTR is a nonprofit organization aimed at getting people involved in the community. They host unique, fun, and creative events aimed at getting people talking about their community, their environment, politics and more. The best part, of course, is that every event features— you guessed it— warm cookies!
Warm Cookies & Civic Health
When you hear the term ‘civic health’ you probably don’t know what to think. Images of a weird workout or diet groups may come to mind, but that couldn’t be further from Weissman’s idea. As he puts it, “Civic Health is a measurement of how well we participate in our community as citizens. Are we engaged in the decision making processes? When it comes to our environment, our education, our government, our work/life balance, our health, our systems of justice, etc, do we have power? Do we know how to affect change?”
From letter writing night, intended to bring attention to issues where letter writing is essential (immigration, environment, homelessness, and aging economics issues) to Sunday school for atheists, a discussion series led by civil resistance scholar Erica Chenoweth– Warm Cookies of the Revolution is turning the idea of what it means to be a participatory citizen on its head.
However, each quirky, interactive event has the same main draw— cookies! WCOTR’s incentive is to get people in the door. The delicious cookies have become famous throughout the Denver community and have served their purpose well.
To find out what this crazy civic health club is really all about you’ll have to attend an event yourself! Be sure to mark your calendars for a little 70’s throwback at Sin Tax B-I-N-G-O on August 24th at the McNichols Building, and make sure to get some warm cookies while you’re at it!