As I reflect on the last few weeks, I know two things with certainty. First, our collective way of life has been fundamentally changed.
The impact of this virus is far-reaching, but it is also uneven. For nearly 300,000 people in our community who were already struggling, this crisis has deepened the divide. Families are looking to us to help fill the gap in meeting their basic needs — for ways to feed their kids at night, pay their rent on time, and keep their lights on.
However, the other certainty is that we live in a community where we UNITE to take care of our neighbors. So, while we have a long road in front of us, I have faith in our community and our collective ability to lift up our neighbors.
I want to let you know that Mile High United Way and our programs are responding to our community’s immediate needs.
Our 2-1-1 Help Center, as announced by the Governor last Thursday, is our state’s front-line response in helping our community access critical human services needs. Each day, our 2-1-1 staff is taking an unprecedented number of calls to help individuals and families across Colorado. In response to the tremendous need, we are expanding our staff to ensure we can answer the call for help as more of our neighbors find themselves in need of critical resources.
We know that in times like this, there are so many who want to help, and we know that help is desperately needed. To all those who have volunteered from home to answer calls for 2-1-1, who have written notes of encouragement and friendship to our seniors, and to those who have donated much needed supplies to our community, we cannot thank you enough.
To all our partners, donors, and volunteers who have reached out to Mile High United Way to offer your support, we are so grateful.
We have always believed that we are stronger when we are united. Thank you for uniting with us today and for your continued support as we work to address the long-term recovery of our community.
President and CEO, Mile High United Way
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