THANK YOU to the 9,800 participants who made the 43rd Annual Mile High United Way Turkey Trot part of their Thanksgiving tradition! Because of you, we raised more than $400,000 towards our work that will change the odds for families and individuals in our community, and move them out of poverty. Mile High United Way thrives through your continuous involvement, and we are grateful for your support of the Mile High United Way Turkey Trot!
Just two hours before 20-year-old Gloria, a participant in Mile High United Way’s Bridging the Gap program, heard that her housing voucher was extended, she was brainstorming about finding a second job in order to plan for the expiration of her housing voucher. Facing a difficult affordable housing market in Denver, CO, Gloria worried she wouldn’t have a safe and stable home for her family.
This month, Mile High United Way earned its second consecutive 4-star rating, the highest possible, from Charity Navigator, an organization which evaluates nonprofits in order to provide donors with essential information and confidence in the charitable decisions they make.
Mile High United Way is proud to award the 2016-2018 Strategic Investment Grants to 84 of the highest-performing organizations in Metro Denver. These selected partners are implementing strategies directly aligned with Mile High United Way’s four Community Impact Goals and demonstrate impact with measurable outcomes. When we are united with the full force of the community, we know there is no problem we can’t solve together.
Mile High United Way has partnered with Denver Broncos Super Bowl 50 Champion and NFL Walter Payton Man of the Year nominee, David Bruton Jr., to launch “Club Connect” at Kenton Elementary School in Aurora. United Way Club Connect provides schools with resources to improve early-grade reading through an onsite Reading Oasis library, an online reading platform for each child, and an incentive program and tools to support parental engagement. The innovative reading program focuses on third grade, a critical year in reading proficiency for students.
Jack is a single dad with four teenage children. He came to Mountain Resource Center (MRC), one of Mile High United Way’s Centers for Family Opportunity, because he had no job and was finding it challenging to transfer his military skills to a civilian world.
Accessing multiple services in one place through the Center for Family Opportunity has helped Jack move forward.
Mile High United Way’s 2-1-1 Help Center was available when a mother and her children became homeless and needed a place to turn. The family was living in a weekly-rate motel while the children attended Mile High United Way partner Mile High Montessori Early Learning Centers during the day. Then the father was deported, and their situation became more complicated.