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Who We Are

Mile High United Way Staff

Who We Are

Mile High United Way fights for the education, health, and financial stability for everyone in Metro Denver. We are changing the odds for the children, families, and individuals in our community, to move them out of poverty.

We have four inter-connected, multi-generational community goals:

What We Do

Giving All Children a Strong Start
Ensuring all children enter school ready to succeed through our Family, Friend, and Neighborhood learning community, Social Innovation Fund, and investments in the highest performing programs in Metro Denver.

Reading Matters
Ensuring all children are reading at or above grade level by the end of third grade through our Colorado Reading Corps program, and investments in the highest performing programs in Metro Denver.

Developing Tomorrow's Talent
Ensuring all youth graduate from high school ready for post-secondary education and entry into the workforce through our Bridging the Gap program and investments in the highest performing programs in Metro Denver.

Creating Economic Opportunity For All
Ensuring individuals and families have their basic needs met and are afforded every opportunity to move toward economic success through our 2-1-1 Help Center, Centers for Opportunity, and investments in the highest performing programs in Metro Denver.

Thank you to all our partners, donors, and volunteers for joining the fight for a stronger, more vibrant community. UNITED, there is no problem too big we can’t solve together.

Where We Work

We serve the Metro Denver community across five counties: Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas, and Jefferson.

Our Vision

A community united to create better opportunities for all.

Our Mission

Uniting people, ideas, and resources to advance the common good.


Mile High United Way is proud to be the first United Way in the country. A group of visionaries including a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi, all who believed there must be a better way to meet the needs of local people, founded the United Way in Denver on October 16, 1887.

The Charity Organization Society, as it was known in the beginning, was the first association set up to meet community needs by funding many charities while significantly reducing the number of appeals.

Since then, whether it has been known as the “Community Chest,” “Red Feather Drive,” “United Fund,” and since 1964, “United Way,” groups of committed individuals have come together for more than a century to LIVE UNITED and advance the common good by providing the building blocks for a good quality of life for all.

Today, Mile High United Way is a catalyst for social change. We all LIVE UNITED to create a stronger and more vital community through innovative and effective programs and services in the focus areas of School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency.

We partner with hundreds of local nonprofits, government agencies, policy-makers and businesses to advance the common good by changing lives and strengthening our community. 

Join us and see what you can do. Give. Advocate. Volunteer.