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Anne's 2-1-1 Success Story

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Even Donors Need Support

Before her first call to Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1, Anne Monroe already had a strong understanding of the work that Mile High United Way does. She had donated for several years because she was passionate about helping children, and she believed strongly in Mile High United Way’s Youth Success goals. In particular, she was attracted to the work of one of Mile High United Way’s Impact Investment Partners, Urban Peak Denver, a Youth Success nonprofit that helps with adolescent homelessness. She recalls, “I liked that they help kids and I also knew where my money was going.”

So when she suddenly found herself without a job and in the midst of deteriorating health, she knew that Mile High United Way and 2-1-1 could give her the extra bit of support that she needed. “When I was working and gave to Mile High United Way, I saw the work that they did. I thought that I could call and maybe just get a little help for me and my family as well. I am glad they were there because times are tough.”

Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 helped Anne get in touch with Community of Faith United, a food bank that is associated with Crossroads Church. Since then, additional calls to 2-1-1 have helped Anne with utility bills and given Anne and her daughter resources to help find work again. This multi-faceted support in several areas of Anne’s life has been invaluable in her efforts to get back on track.

Despite her recent struggles, she continues to stay positive and identifies Mile High United Way’s steady and dependable presence as a major source of encouragement and hope. “Mile High United Way has always been there. Once I get back on my feet, I am going to donate again.” Anne has experienced Mile High United Way’s effort to solve community problems from the perspective of a donor and a recipient of assistance, and her experience with Mile High United Way has given her great optimism and reassurance.

Anne is just one of many members of the community who have relied on 2-1-1 for different forms of support and assistance. With a simple phone call, people like Anne can have a greater sense of optimism and can save time and energy in their search for help. Find out more about 2-1-1 or give today to support Mile High United Way.