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Mile High United Way Announces Strategic Investment Grants

September 29, 2015

Dear Colleagues:

For 128 years, Mile High United Way has been committed to uniting people, ideas and resources to advance the common good. We believe in creating opportunities for everyone in our community to succeed - and we know that not one organization alone can meet the complex challenges facing the Metro Denver community.

On behalf of our Board of Trustees, our volunteers and our donors, we are proud to announce the 2016 – 2018 Mile High United Way Strategic Investment Grant opportunities.

Diana Romero-Campbell Named Exceptional Emerging Leader

Exchange magazine recently named Diana Romero-Campbell, Mile High United Way’s Director of School Readiness, as an Exceptional Emerging Leader in Early Childhood Education across the globe. As a native of Colorado, a graduate of Denver Public Schools and mother to a 7th grader and a high school sophomore in Denver Public Schools, she is passionate about ensuring that all children in Metro Denver have access to the resources they need to start school ready to learn and thrive. 

Downtown Denver Partnership Awards Mile High United Way

On May 21, the Downtown Denver Partnership honored our Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change with the Downtown Denver Annual Award. We were one of seven businesses and organizations to receive this reward for making a significant contribution toward creating a unique, vibrant and diverse Downtown environment and making a lasting, positive impact on Downtown Denver. 

Colorado United Ways Day at the Rockies

Watch the Colorado Rockies take on the San Diego Padres and help support United Way!

This annual gathering of staff, volunteers, and supporters of the entire Colorado United Way network will kick-off with a tailgate near the stadium with food, drinks, games, raffles and live music.

GradNation Workforce Summit: Creating Pathways for Colorado’s Youth

Businesses and industry in Colorado need more skilled workers and qualified employees. Youth in Colorado need jobs. On May 7, Mile High United Way led the GradNation Workforce Summit to tackle these very issues and discuss how to create pathways for young Coloradans to succeed in school, work and life. 

Providing for Her Family

Candace, a local Denver resident, felt helpless as bills continued to mount and income became more and more limited. This situation happens all too often, and can even raise the question, “How am I going to feed my family tonight?” Instead of waiting until it was too late, she decided to take action and received the resources she needed to put food on the table.

A Chance at a Real Future

Emily is hopeful about her future, but she didn’t always feel that way. Right now, Emily has stable housing. Her daughter attends a high-quality preschool, and Emily has a close relationship with her adoptive father. Connecting with Mile High United Way’s Bridging the Gap program has helped Emily map out a future that looks nothing like her past.

Giving Young Students the Tools to Succeed

“Mr. Lewis changed everything!”

That bold statement was made by Chandra, mom to third grader and struggling reader, Layden.

“Layden struggled with reading. By third grade, it was clear that he was behind his peers. I was worried. We were trying to work on it at home, so I was thrilled when he was selected to work with Mr. Lewis through the Colorado Reading Corps program.”

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