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Investing in Denver’s Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea Neighborhoods

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Grants will address education and housing needs in the community

Mile High United Way is excited to announce a $200,000 investment into Denver’s Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea (GES) neighborhoods. The funds will address community-identified gaps in education and affordable housing as part of our United Neighborhoods initiative, which brings resources and services to the most pressing issues in Metro Denver.

The two grantees, YMCA of Metropolitan Denver ($100,000) and Habitat for Humanity of Metro Denver ($100,000), were selected through a collaborative process involving Mile High United Way, community stakeholders, and subject-matter experts. The grants are funding work that will improve academic success, enhance child development, and ensure GES residents are not involuntarily displaced.

Mile High United Way’s United Neighborhoods grants are a continuation of our enduring commitment to the Globeville, Elyria, and Swansea neighborhoods. Last September, Mile High United Way joined forces with North Denver Cornerstone Collaborative to provide $120,000 in grant funding to Denver Public Schools’ Swansea Elementary and Garden Place Academy, supporting two positions that further student and community engagement.

In addition to monetary investments, Mile High United Way’s staff, donors, and volunteers have given approximately 550 volunteer hours, and provided intensive coaching and support for four GES neighborhood nonprofits, to help change the odds for children, families, and individuals.

“These grants are a symbol of our deep commitment to the GES neighborhood. Mile High United Way is continuously working alongside the residents, business and community leaders to address the significant issues they face,” said Christine Benero, President and CEO of Mile High United Way. “We believe these grants will have a significant impact on the community.” 

Learn more about Mile High United Way's United Neighborhoods.