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Power Lunch

Mile High United Way's Power Lunch brings together local schools, businesses, and volunteers to read with young students every week to build their confidence, improve literacy skills, and help develop a love of reading.

2 in 5 Colorado third graders do not read proficiently at grade level.*

Third-grade reading is critical because students are making the switch from learning to read to reading to learn.

The individual attention that volunteers provide helps 2nd and 3rd-grade students become stronger readers while building healthy relationships with adults.

*CDE CMAS ELA Data from 2016-2017

How We're Helping


Power Lunch is currently operating in five Denver Public School elementary school classrooms.


More than 300 volunteers participate each week in the program.


15 local businesses participated in Power Lunch last year.

Jodi and Gerald Form a Bond

“I love that we have built a relationship based on education and reading support, but also on laughter and fun."

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Yun Hui Gives Back Through Volunteering

"I volunteer as a Power Lunch reading buddy so I can give someone else the hope that I was given."

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Power Lunch benefits the students, unites a community, enhances teamwork, and fosters corporate presence in the community.

How the Program Works


Power Lunch volunteers take part in one-on-one weekly or bi-weekly reading sessions with 2nd and 3rd grade students.

Relationship Building

Reading with the same student each week forms a bond, helping the child form a healthy adult relationship.

Denver Public Schools

We partner with Denver Public Schools (DPS), DPS FACE, and DPS Foundation to provide extensive support and ensure a seamless student and volunteer experience.

Committed Companies

Thank you to our corporate partners who have adopted a classroom! University of the Rockies, NREL, PwC, and Liberty Oilfield Services.

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We need your help to ensure students are reading at grade level by the end of 3rd grade.


When you give to Mile High United Way, your dollars do more. We surround Metro Denver with the programs and resources that address today’s biggest issues and help prevent tomorrow’s.


We will be posting new volunteer positions for Power Lunch in late summer. Stay tuned, and check out Volunteer United for other volunteer opportunities in our community.