Mile High United Way's physical office is currently closed, but all of our services including 2-1-1 will be running at full capacity. Please dial 2-1-1 to reach our community resource center.

Mile High United Way Program Response to COVID-19

Mile High United Way is the front-line response in helping our community access critical needs during this time.

By tracking requests for help through our 2-1-1 Help Center, we are able to see where in our community the need is greatest and which neighborhoods have been disproportionately impacted by the outbreak. Based on our 2-1-1 data, we are providing relief in these areas through critical and rapid response funding, wrap around support for families and business owners, and connection to digital services and technology.

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United for Families program - supporting early childhood education in Denver with Mile High United Way

Updates from the Field

How we're responding to meet immediate community needs:

2-1-1 Help Center

Connecting People to Critical Resources

As announced by Governor Polis, 2-1-1 is the statewide first-line response for all human services needs as they relate to COVID-19. Between March 2 - April 3, our 2-1-1 Help Center received nearly 20,000 requests for help. In order to meet the growing need for support, we've hired 20 additional 2-1-1 navigators. We are also analyzing call data to assess where to response with immediate relief.

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Rapid Response Funding

Granting $1 Million to Support Critical Needs

We have seen the need for immediate critical support and we are responding NOW. Our Rapid Response Funding is providing basic needs services to communities that have been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19 and will focus in the areas of food security, housing, rent/utility assistance, health services, and support for seniors.

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United for Schools

Supporting Remote Learning for Students

We are providing laptop computers as well as online learning subscriptions and internet cost support to enhance remote learning for students and help parents keep their kids engaged in school. We are currently distributing 100 laptops to families and childcare centers across the metro area.

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United for Business

Supporting Small, Local Businesses

Through personalized business consulting sessions, we are advising local business owners on how to apply for financial assistance, adapt their business practices, and negotiate with their landlords. We are also expanding the program’s skilled volunteer team to provide long-term support through their recovery.

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United for Families

Supporting Quality Early Child Care

We are supplying early childcare providers throughout the state with health and safety items as well as providing small operating grants, so providers can continue to have a healthy, safe, and enriching environment for young children, and so parents can return to work. Additionally, through trusted Community Navigators, we are delivering emergency safety net support so families can meet their basic needs.

Bridging the Gap

Getting More Youth Housed Quickly

We are working to get more youth housed quickly through our application and lease initiatives. Additionally, we're engaging our Bridging the Gap youth in virtual college and career readiness coaching and tele-health counseling to support their physical and emotional well-being during this crisis.