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Creating Economic Opportunity for All

When people are able to find a job, provide for their families, and save for the future—everyone wins. That’s why we fight to ensure people have their basic needs met and have opportunities to move toward economic success.

The increasing cost of living in Metro Denver is forcing families to make hard decisions.

Diapers or child care? Mortgage or medicine? An unexpected expense of $400 can move a family from self-sufficiency to financial emergency.*

*Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, Report on Economic Well-being of U.S. Households in 2015

The Hard Truth

300,000

People in Metro Denver live in poverty1

13%

Or nearly 166,000 children in Colorado are living in poverty2

$25,100

The annual income of a family of four living at the Federal Poverty Level3

$17,800

The average yearly cost of child care for children under age 6

1. 100% Federal Poverty Level, 2011-2015 American Community Survey S1701 U.S. Census

2. Colorado Children's Campaign KidsCount in Colorado, 2018

3. 2018 Federal Poverty Guidelines (income based on family of four with one preschool-aged child and one school-aged child)

How We Create Opportunity

2-1-1 Help Center

A free service connecting people to critical resources such as food, shelter, rental assistance, utility assistance, child care, and more.

Centers for Family Opportunity

Providing financial coaching, classes, and opportunities to build job skills under one roof.

Strategic Investment Grants

Partnering with local agencies focused on helping people with their basic needs and reaching financial stability.

United Business Advisory

Helping small businesses get to the next level

Angellynne: One Call Changed Everything

"No matter how many times I called for help, Mile High United Way was there for me,” said Angellynne.

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A Chance for a Fresh Start

"I’m surprised by the amount of resources we had right in our own backyard that I couldn’t locate on my own.”

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Providing for Her Family

"2-1-1 is able to give more direct answers and I know the services are reputable,” Candace recalled.

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We need your help to tackle poverty in Metro Denver.

Give

When you give to the Creating Economic Opportunity fund today, you are ensuring people in Metro Denver have their basic needs met and the opportunity to move toward economic success.

Volunteer

Volunteering can be a fun and deeply rewarding experience where you can make immediate and lasting change by improving lives and building a stronger community.