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2019 is just around the corner!

At Mile High United Way, we know that our work is possible because you invest your time, talent, and treasure. We wanted to take a look back at some of the top things YOU made possible in Metro Denver this year.

It was difficult to choose, but we picked out our top 10 favorites to celebrate how you made an impact in 2018.

YOU amplified our community partners.

170 volunteers including stakeholders, donors, subject-matter experts, business and community leaders, and Mile High United Way Trustees came together to review nearly 200 proposals for Strategic Investment Grants. Because of you, we were proud to award $6 million to 100 of the highest-performing organizations in Metro Denver.

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YOU were a champion for Metro Denver.

At our Community Champions Celebration, we honored the companies and individuals who demonstrate that investing in our community is good business. You are an integral part of the more than 800 companies that raise nearly $22 million annually through corporate and individual giving to fight for the education, health, and financial stability of every person in Metro Denver.

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YOU helped students learn to love reading.

Through our Power Lunch reading program in collaboration with Denver Public Schools Foundation, 208 volunteers like you helped 138 students in five Metro Denver schools build confidence, improve literacy skills, and develop a love of reading. Not only did you foster positive relationships with your second and third grade buddies, but you invested in Denver's future through its most important citizens: the kids!

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YOU made spirits bright this holiday season.

Nearly 40 companies contributed over 4,000 toys to make the holidays bright for 1,300 children at the Children's Holiday Party. You also showed your spirit by volunteering before and during the event to ensure that each family left with warm holiday memories of craft-making, cookie decorating, and photos with Santa.

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YOU made deep connections within our community.

Alongside 750 other volunteers, you made personal connections with 1,400 people at Project Homeless Connect. You helped connect clients with resources from health care to housing, and 157 people were offered employment on the spot!

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YOU supported women and girls in Metro Denver.

Mile High United Way's Women United is an unstoppable network of powerful women dedicated to creating lasting change in Metro Denver. This year, as part of this group, you helped women move from poverty and crisis to economic success and security through the Women United Initiative. You also helped give the first grant to support Girls Inc. of Metro Denver's Bold Beans Social Enterprise!

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YOU supported mission-related legislation.

With our four community impact goals in mind, you took a stand and helped us pass 11 pieces of legislation during the 2018 session of the Colorado General Assembly. You are helping us move the needle and ensure Colorado is a vibrant place for all of us to live and work.

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YOU helped connect our neighbors to vital resources.

By supporting Mile High United Way's 2-1-1 Help Center, you made it possible for our Resource Navigators to connect nearly 80,000 people to the resources they needed, when they needed them. 2-1-1 serves as a safety net for our community, and you helped make that safety net even stronger!

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YOU helped break down barriers for youth in our community.

After learning about the obstacles many youth in our community face after aging out of the child welfare system, you stepped in the bridge the gap. Thanks to your support, 126 of our Bridging the Gap young people now have safe and stable housing, and 63 have obtained or maintained employment! Read the Op-Ed in The Denver Post about the "Aged Out" series written by our President and CEO, Christine Benero, by clicking the button below.

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YOU volunteered and made an impact.

When our community unites around a common cause, incredible things are possible. 3,066 of you volunteered through your company for a total of 6,875 hours, and helped create over 11,000 kits filled with basic needs items that were distributed to our community members in need. Click the button below to see everything else you helped accomplish this year in our 2017-2018 Annual Report.

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We're so grateful for everything YOU made possible in the Metro Denver community this year! We can't wait to see what we can accomplish together in 2019.

To ensure that we continue making an impact in our community next year, you can visit bit.ly/unitedwewinto make a gift to Mile High United Way today.

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