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.
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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”