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Creating Positive Community Change

Laura and her son volunteer at Project Homeless Connect

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. 

Laura started volunteering with her children at Mile High United Way’s annual Children’s Holiday Party. It means a lot for her children to see the faces of parents who might not otherwise have the resources to give their kids a gift for the holidays. “My children are both teenagers now, but we’ve been volunteering together through Mile High United Way for years. It’s become an important family holiday tradition.”

As an attorney, Laura’s skills are especially needed at Project Homeless Connect. “Every time I volunteer at the legal resource table at project Homeless Connect, I am reminded of just how challenging the system makes it for people to crawl out of poverty. It’s really frustrating. A lot of people just have no idea where to start whether it’s an issue with a green card, a stolen ID or a problem with a landlord.”

In addition to giving her time, Laura is a charitable investor. “Mile High United Way is a powerful organization. It mobilizes volunteers and leverages resources like no other organization in our region. I trust them to use my donations wisely because they have such a rigorous, data-driven evaluation process for their programs and community investments. I know my gift will be leveraged in a way that exponentially increases its impact.” 

With dedicated volunteers like Laura, smart investments in effective partners, our own signature programs like 2-1-1 information and referral service and Centers for Family Opportunity and the help of supporters like you, together, we are creating positive community change right here in Metro Denver. 

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