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Our Work

Basic Needs

Building Strong Communities

Mile High United Way works to strengthen our community by helping individuals and families meet their basic needs and have opportunities to move toward economic success. Our programs and services ensure everyone in our community has a roof over their head and food on the table, so they can focus on the future and on achieving greater resiliency. 

Our Programs

How We Support Basic Needs

211 Help Center

Through our multilingual and confidential resource center, we connect individuals and families to the resources they need including food, shelter, rental assistance, childcare and more.

Bridging The Gap

We connect young adults (ages 18-24) who are transitioning out of the child welfare system to long-term housing and access to health and wellness supports, so they can focus on their future.

United FOr Families

Our Community Advocates ensure that our United for Families program participants have access to high-quality child care and education and are able to meet their other basic needs.

Community Grants

Through our community grants, we invest in nonprofit organizations that provide crisis support and help families meet their basic needs.



referrals for critical resources, like housing, rent assistance, and more, provided through our 211 Help Center.


participants in our Bridging the Gap program maintained safe and stable housing.


applications for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits were processed.

Connecting Families to Basic Needs After The Marshall Fire

Mile High United Way’s 211 Help Center supports disaster relief efforts to stabilize communities and help families meet their basic needs when disaster strikes. After the Marshall Fire, our 211 team met with individuals and families at the Disaster Assistance Center in Boulder to provide personalized, one-on-one support, connecting people to the vital resources like housing, food, and more. Play the video to learn more.

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Celebrating Our Volunteers During National Volunteer Week 2024
Mile High United Way Staff Recognized for 211 Leadership
Supporting Colorado’s Migrant and Refugee Community
Mile High United Way Champions Three Bills Into Law
Connecting families to critical resources through new 211 state funding

Each year during National Volunteer Week, we celebrate the volunteers who help us create change for families across Metro Denver.

April 22, 2024

Every day, our 211 Help Center staff work tirelessly to connect families across Metro Denver to the resources they need. Three Mile High United Way staff recently received recognition for their leadership and service in their roles related to the 211 Help Center.

September 20, 2023

In recent months, the Denver community has welcomed hundreds of migrants and refugees from Latin American nations. Learn how Mile High United Way is providing support to families as they begin their transition to living here in Colorado.

December 16, 2022

Read about the impact these laws will have on Mile High United Way programs and throughout our Colorado communities.

June 7, 2022

By Stephanie Sanchez, Senior Director of 211 Colorado on the impact of HB22-1315.

June 2, 2022

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