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Following Her Dreams

Leticia came to the United States from Mexico when she was in her mid-20s along with her husband and infant daughter. “We moved to America seeking better opportunities and jobs. I wanted to raise my daughter somewhere she could grow up and realize her dreams. That wasn’t possible in Mexico. There were no jobs, limited access to education, no basic services.”

Now at the age of 47, with her daughter having recently graduated college and her 11-year-old son doing well in school, Leticia is able to focus on her new beginning.

Power Lunch Volunteer Honored with National Award

In 1993, the George H.W. Bush administration started the Daily Point of Light Award, recognizing the power of the individual to spark change and improve the world.  Nina Nelan Tax Director at PwC, recently won this prestigious award for her outstanding work as a Power Lunch Coordinator, volunteer and reading buddy.

A Chance for a Fresh Start

Wanda has been a Metro Denver resident for over 50 years, and lives modestly on a fixed income in Aurora. Her granddaughter, Amanda, a thirty year old mother of three, has experienced homelessness for almost ten years, and rarely sees her children. When Wanda agreed to care for her granddaughter, she didn’t know how she’d be able to feed or clothe her.

Sage Hospitality Gives Back

When corporate and nonprofit partners come together to serve their community, good things happen. Mile High United Way is committed to engaging businesses to make an impact in our community through corporate volunteerism. Sage Hospitality recently held their annual leadership conference in Denver and incorporated a volunteer event at Mile High United Way’s partner agency Food Bank of the Rockies. 

Mile High United Way Awards Local Companies for Community Work

Each year, Mile High United Way honors exceptional companies for their outstanding employee campaigns and commitment to the community. Yesterday, February 19, nine companies and one individual were awarded for their contributions through corporate and employee giving campaigns during the Campaign Victory Celebration held at the Mile High United Way Morgridge Center for Community Change. 

The Power of Volunteerism

It all started at a Women United Luncheon. 

“The speaker was highlighting the power of volunteerism. My mom peeked over at me and said, ‘Come on Steffie; we’ll do it together.’ I didn’t know what I was agreeing to, but it turns out, it was an awesome decision.”

Creating Positive Community Change

Attorney and Women United Member Laura Gill has volunteered with Mile High United Way at Project Homeless Connect for five years. The free, one day event serves individuals and families experiencing and at risk of homelessness. They can access services and resources including medical care, legal assistance, benefit assistance, employment services, haircuts, clothing and other community resources. 

Get a Break This Tax Season!

Families in Colorado who earned less than about $53,000 in 2015 could be eligible to receive up to $6,200 or more in tax refunds through the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and other tax benefits. In addition, these families can save money by filing their taxes for free at one of Tax Help Colorado’s free tax sites. Individuals can also contact Mile High United Way 2-1-1 to find the free tax filing site nearest them.

U.S. Bank Sets New Record with Employee Giving

U.S. Bank has a long-running employee campaign to support Mile High United Way, and this year, they took it to new heights. Their recent campaign achieved a 34% increase in the number of donors and raised an additional $30,000 over last year, pushing their total giving to over $200,000!

“We’ve been part of Mile High United Way’s campaign since the beginning. Our employees have always been incredibly generous, but our workplace campaign had plateaued. We knew we needed to shake it up,” said Darren Markley, SVP, The Private Client Reserve at U.S. Bank.

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