Today, I am pleased to announce that we are granting $1 million in Rapid Response Funding to organizations across the Denver-Boulder metro area to support critical, basic needs services.
This funding will help provide immediate relief 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.
Right now, the short- and long-term needs of our community are rapidly shifting and growing in unprecedented ways, and we have the ability to hear first-hand exactly what those needs are through our 2-1-1 Help Line. By analyzing our 2-1-1 call data, we have been able to assess which areas in the Denver-Boulder metro area require critical support and to select partners focused in those areas. 2-1-1 has given us a window into the overwhelming need for immediate human services, and we are responding NOW.
The first $785,000 in Rapid Response Funding has been distributed through 50 community-based organizations. The remaining $215,000 will be distributed to childcare providers in our community to ensure that providers continue to have a healthy, safe, and enriching environment for young children, and so parents can return to work.
We are committed to assisting under-resourced communities in getting the relief they desperately need while also expanding and adapting our direct service programs to assist individuals and families through their long-term recovery.
We could not do this work without you. Thank you to those who have united with us by donating and volunteering your time. Together, we are providing vital support to our community during an unprecedented time when our neighbors need it most.
President and CEO, Mile High United Way
Learn more about joining Mile High United Way’s COVID-19 Response! With your support, we can continue to meet the short- and long-term needs of our community.