Working side-by-side with the community, Mile High United Way takes on the biggest, most complex issues facing Metro Denver. Our united approach changes the odds for the children, families, and individuals in our community, and moves them out of poverty. We do this because we believe every child has the right to a safe and stimulating place to learn, and that when every youth in Metro Denver graduates prepared for a career or college, our community is stronger. We also know that when people don’t have their most basic needs met, longer-term goals, like finding financial stability, are out of reach. And when we work together, we make a lasting, sustainable impact on our community.
Mile High United Way is proud to be the first United Way in the country. A group of visionaries including a Denver woman, a priest, two ministers and a rabbi, all who believed there must be a better way to meet the needs of local people, founded the United Way in Denver on October 16, 1887.
The Charity Organization Society, as it was known in the beginning, was the first association set up to meet community needs by funding many charities while significantly reducing the number of appeals.
Since then, whether it has been known as the “Community Chest,” “Red Feather Drive,” “United Fund,” and since 1964, “United Way,” groups of committed individuals have come together for more than a century to LIVE UNITED and advance the common good by providing the building blocks for a good quality of life for all.
Today, Mile High United Way is a catalyst for social change. We all LIVE UNITED to create a stronger and more vital community through innovative and effective programs and services in the focus areas of School Readiness, Youth Success and Adult Self-Sufficiency.
We partner with hundreds of local nonprofits, government agencies, policy-makers and businesses to advance the common good by changing lives and strengthening our community.