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Strategic Investment Partners

Strategic Investment Partners

We are thrilled to award Strategic Investment Grants to the high-performing organizations in Metro Denver who are implementing strategies directly aligned with Mile High United Way’s four Community Impact Goals and are serving geographically and culturally diverse communities. These grants are just one of many ways Mile High United Way invests in the community to change the odds for individuals and families. 

Grantees were determined through a rigorous community selection process. We are grateful to the 132 volunteers including stakeholders, donors, subject-matter experts, business and community leaders, and Trustees who came together to review 200 proposals.  

Learn more about Mile High United Way’s Strategic Investment Grants.

Strategic Investment Partners

Children, individuals, and families impacted by disabilities experience the opportunity to maximize their potential through innovative education, employment and support.

Supports the need for full day quality care at the preschool level. In addition to the full day program, we offer before and after school programs for our ½ day students.

Through partnerships, programs and systems, ACYI is promoting local investment in our children and young people and building the capacity of agencies, families and youth to work together toward achieving this vision.

A collaborative providing high quality early education, health, mental health and family support programs and services for young children and their families in Arapahoe County.

Constituents: Disabled, homeless, low-income and disadvantaged. Services: job training, resource navigator / acquisition, job placement and supportive services.  Impact: Enhanced economic self-sufficiency / quality of life.

Supports quality one-to-one mentoring relationships between volunteers mentors and youth, ages 77-17. These mentoring relationships help youth overcome challenges and reach their potential.

Provides at risk youth with safe, enriching environments and programs that help them achieve academic success, develop good character and citizenship, and live healthy lifestyles.

Provides educational opportunities for over 600 children living in Denver's public housing neighborhoods so they graduate from high school and attend college or learn a trade.

Provides parents and caregivers of children age 0-3 with the tools needed to promote a child's readiness for lifelong learning and success.

Provides shelter for homeless, basic needs for vulnerable populations, immigration counseling, child welfare services, support for low-income families and elderly in Denver and Northern Colorado.

Founded in 1982, CWEE fosters personal and professional transformation for low-income single parent families through confidence building, customized skills training, and career advancement.

Promotes the rights and well-being of day laborers in Colorado through education, job skills, leadership development, united action and advocacy.

Provides all the necessary tools to Hispanic immigrants to integrate into the American society through empowerment, education and leadership.

Works in low-performing schools, where tutors and mentors become powerful role models to youth and help create solutions for community problems.

Combines direct service with research, evaluation, and workforce development ensuring that children, especially those with limited opportunities, are prepared for success in school and society.

Closing the achievement gap and creating college-going cultures for students who are historically and currently under-represented in higher education. 

Ending homelessness through the provision of housing, health care, employment training, substance treatment for men and women and early childhood education for children.

Provides comprehensive dropout prevention program to whole groups of at-risk Denver youth for a 10-year period leading up to high school graduation, then assists with post-secondary scholarships.

Provides legal services to low-income persons in the metropolitan Denver area for civil actions or special proceedings.

Colorado's leading non-profit home health care agency. VNA provides quality and compassionate care, ranging from preventive to recovery to end-of-life in the home and community.

Strives to reduce the dropout rate through direct service; dropout outreach and recover, intervention, and new school creation.

Food, clothing, and shelter to homeless families with children, homeless individuals, runaway youth, and homeless women veterans.

Provides 24-hour crisis intervention, shelter, therapy, and legal advocacy for domestic violence victims; school-based violence prevention and psycho-educational programs for the region.

Developing a sustainable, citywide afterschool system to increase access to and participation in quality afterschool programs for all of Denver’s youth. 

Enables volunteers to assist low-income individuals and families with free tax preparation services, tax education and financial services opening pathways to financial self-sufficiency.

Increasing the college attainment for graduates of Denver Public Schools on the Auraria Campus and Emily Griffith Technical College through a multi-sector collaborative. 

Educational counseling and mentoring program that helps at-risk DPS students complete high school, pursue post-secondary options and become contributing members of the community.

The Office of Family and Community Engagement (FACE) leads DPS’ efforts to provide students, parents and families with information, education and support they need to become informed and effective advocates for their children. 

Supports and strengthens DPS students, families, schools and communities by delivering and facilitating high-quality programs and services that extend beyond the traditional school experience. 

Provides a unique, multi-faceted combination of services that promotes academic achievement among youth who are most likely to experience school failure and dropout.

Serves as Denver's early childhood hub, leveraging resources, opportunities and connections to create a quality system that impacts the lives of children and their families.

A local collaboration working to increase child school readiness and well-being through partnerships, public engagement and implementing projects to bridge identified community gaps.

Promotes and offer high-quality educational services to young children and provides job-training and job development to help Colorado families achieve self-sufficiency.

Our mission is to empower children by providing an intensive music program that teaches the importance of teamwork, promotes self-confidence, and instills the value of social responsibility.

Community-based organization dedicated to providing science education, mentoring, career development, and stewardship programs to low-income, culturally diverse youth and families.

Provides high quality early childhood Montessori education program and support services to Denver's low-income families. We educate young minds, strengthen families, and transform communities.

Helps people overcome child abuse, domestic violence and homelessness to be safe, strong and self-reliant through a continuum of client-centered, culturally sensitive services.

Provides academic, parenting, health, career readiness, and life skills to high-risk pregnant and parenting teens and best practice early childhood education to their children.

Primarily serves low-income, Spanish speaking families in Northeast Denver. Programs include English and GED classes and early childhood education.

Our mission is to end hunger by efficiently procuring and distributing food and essentials to the hungry through our programs and partner agencies.

Faith-based, volunteer mentoring program serving youth 10-18 years old who are involved in juvenile justice / child welfare systems in Adams, Arapahoe, Denver, Douglas and Jefferson counties.

Supporting the Haven where women, pregnant women and their children recover from addictions, deliver drug-free infants and become self-sufficient productive community members.

Denver's only daytime center for women, children and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness or poverty offering safe shelter, meeting basic needs, building self-sufficiency, and inclusive community.

Inspires all girls to be strong, smart and bold through after school and summer programs, outreach, and health and sexuality programming.

Provides tangible skills to at-risk youth and low-income and disabled adults to support them in securing employment, obtaining independence and developing dignity and hope.

Guides children and their families on the path to a brighter future. Envisions the community working together so that all children and their families have a place to call home, food on the table, and the opportunity to pursue their dreams.

Improving the lives of at-risk youth and their families.

Provides special education and support services for at-risk and gifted children and vocational training / job placement for differently-abled adults.

Works to improve the health and well-being of Colorado's children, particularly those from low-income backgrounds, by partnering with communities to advance scientifically proven programs.

40+ programs for people in need including elderly, families, youth, refugees and disabled. Services are provided regardless of faith, race, sexual orientation, or economic status.

Our mission is to ensure that homeless individuals and families are provided with the most efficient and effective services to reduce homelessness.

Provides support to at-risk youth through mentoring and gang-intervention, strengthening families and communities by encouraging youth to make better academic and life decisions.

Working to advance the economic success of Latino and working families through career training, small business development, and afterschool enrichment programs for youth and families.

Provides comprehensive early childhood education to low-income children, from 6 weeks to 5 years, blending Montessori strategies with Head Start programming.

Helps youth from diverse backgrounds obtain the skills they need to gain meaningful employment and education through environmental community service projects.

Provides access to health / human services to foster family stability through crisis / disaster assistance, parent education, school readiness, workforce services and family / domestic violence prevention education.

Provides one-on-one counseling and group financial education classes that help Coloradoans of all income levels achieve financial stability and self-sufficiency.

Works to eliminate street gang violence through outreach, public awareness, prevention of violence and one-on-one support.

Provides STEM-based afterschool and summer educational programs to at-risk students in Colorado so that they may learn important technology and leadership skills.

Our mission is to make student voice real in school renewal to improve student learning and achievement through leadership development, action research and youth-adult partnerships.

Works to improve the quality of Colorado's early care and education programs and help parents find and choose high-quality child care.

Preparing low-income children for school success by partnering with pediatric healthcare providers to give books and encourage families to read together to support early education.

Through learning, lending and coaching, RMMFI grows community entrepreneurs who build businesses to advance along the pathway to self-sufficiency and self-worth.

Provides emergency shelter, counseling and advocacy services to women, children and youth experiencing domestic violence, through a 24-hour crisis line, shelter and nonresidential center.

Helps at-risk elementary students to build literacy skills and achieve academic and social success by providing comprehensive after-school and summer learning programs in Denver.

Improves quality of life for older adults through Meals-on-Wheels, respite and in-home care, adult day and care management services; and much more.

Our vital programs include: programs for youth, victims of domestic violence, individuals living with HIV/AIDS, mental health clinic, basic emergency services and benefits acquisition.

Provides early education and therapeutic interventions for young children (birth-6) of all ability levels in inclusive settings, e.g. home, community, preschool.

Provides day services for Denver's homeless: mail, showers, clothing, employment, telephones, healthcare, social services; helping people transition to permanent, low-income housing with case management.

Provides Jefferson County residents basic human services and promotes pathways to self-sufficiency through programs that focus on three main areas: Intervention, Prevention, and Connection.

Providing emergency shelter for unaccompanied women and transgender individuals experiencing homelessness, and individualized support services and shelter for women ready to move towards stability.

Enriching the lives of seniors and others in the South Metro Denver Area by providing nutritious meals and services that promote dignity, well-being and independence.

Helps young people overcome homelessness and other real life challenges by providing safety, respect, services, supportive community, empowering them to become self-reliant adults.

Homeless: meals; emergency shelter; supportive housing - youth, disabled, domestic violence; veterans; Affordable housing; Seniors; meals-on-wheels, congregate dining; Children: Head Start; Volunteer opportunities.

Empowers formerly homeless, single parent families to achieve personal and economic self-sufficiency through subsidized housing, advocacy, educational and career guidance, and quality early learning for children.

Employs chronically unemployed and impoverished women in transitional employment in our food and jewelry manufacturing business, while teaching necessary job and life skills.

Helps impoverished people gain the skills and confidence needed to work their way out of poverty.

Provides students the skills to shift towards a positive cycle of leadership development, civic engagement and academic success through peer mentoring and emotional intelligence.

Provides child care, preschool and early childhood education, before / after-school care, camp, teen leadership, youth / adult sports, at-risk youth programs, adult fitness / health/ wellness activities.