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Social Justice and Racial Equity
Galvanizing our community to join us in our stand against social injustice.
Mile High United Way seeks to engage all voices and to co-create more equitable communities.
Our vision is a community united to create opportunities for all. But structural racism is a powerful force that inhibits our progress toward creating opportunities, justice, peace, and prosperity.
As we continue to work alongside schools, families, children, individuals, businesses, and communities, we will take bold steps in galvanizing our community to join us in our stand against social injustice.
Here you will find resources to learn, invest, and act in order to create change and join the fight against systemic racism.
Our Statement Against Injustice
We stand united against the injustices and cruelty of systemic racism. We are calling on our Metro Denver community to stand united with us.
As a learning organization, we have been on our own equity and anti-racism journey. We invite you to join us by growing your knowledge of social justice issues.
Denver’s Historic Five Points Neighborhood
Five Points has been a backbone of the Black experience in Denver for generations. In celebration of Black History Month, we asked some of our Black board members to share their takes on the past, present, and future of Five Points and Denver.
Courageous Conversations is our virtual event series that explores topics around social justice and racial equity. During each session, we host leaders in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to share their insights. Learn more about the topics we've covered and get updates on upcoming events.
When you invest in Mile High United Way, you support programs focused on building equity that are led by the voices of those we serve. Learn more:
Bridging the Gap - Supporting young people as they transition out of the child welfare system
United for Business - Strengthening under-resourced communities by helping locally owned businesses realize their growth potential
United for Families - Focusing on high-need areas and resources to ensure all children have access to high-quality early care and childhood education
United for Schools - Helping students increase presence and engagement in school through coordinated work that addresses underlying circumstances that contribute to truancy, behavioral issues, and poor academic performance
Below is a list of our funding partners who support Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) communities:
Supporting Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) Organizations – Click to Expand
Ability Connection Colorado
Adams 12 School District
Center for Work Education and Employment
Centro Humanitario para los Trabajadores
Centro San Juan Diego
City Year Denver
Clayton Early Learning
Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists
Colorado Legal Services
Colorado Statewide Parent Coalition
Colorado Youth for a Change
Denver Children’s Advocacy Center
Denver Indian Family Resource Center
Denver Public Schools Foundation
Downtown Aurora Visual Arts
Early Excellence Program of Denver
Environmental Learning for Kids
First Steps at Monarch Montessori
Florence Crittenton Services
Focus Points Family Resource Center
Girl Scouts of Colorado
Girls Inc of Metro Denver
Heart and Hand Center
Hunger Free Colorado
Invest in Kids
La Raza Services
Metro Denver Partners
Mile High Early Learning Centers
Open Door Youth Gang Alternatives
Rocky Mountain Welcome Center
Rocky Mountain Immigrant Advocacy Network
Roots Family Center
Sun Valley Youth Center
The Bridge Project
The Senior Hub
Volunteers of America
YMCA of Metro Denver
Bold indicates Black-led organization and/or specifically serving the Black community
Social Justice Fund
Mile High United Way’s Social Justice Fund invests in impact-focused and collaborative community programs that focus on equity and social justice, education and awareness of issues affecting our communities of color, and ongoing engagement through volunteering around social justice issues.
One of the easiest ways to get involved is to support minority-owned businesses in our community. Below is a list of suggested businesses in our neighborhood of Five Points.
• Coffee at the Point
• Mo-Betta Green Marketplace
• Welton St Café
See a full list of minority-owned businesses in and around Denver here
United we rise. Rise with us. Together, we are a #CommunityUnited.
To everyone who wants to understand how to do more, to affect change, to be part of the short- and long-term solutions our community needs, this is for you. This is an invitation to get inspired to unite with us in supporting our community.