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COVID-19 Funding Press Release

May 31, 2020
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Local Non-Profit Organization-- MILE HIGH 360-- Is Recipient of $25k Grant by the Colorado COVID Relief Fund as it Expands The Interpretation of its Mission To Ensure That its Students’ Families Have Access to Basic Resources

In light of the devastating economic impact of COVID-19, Mile High 360 expands the interpretation of its mission-- “to ensure that socioeconomic status does not limit a child’s future”-- to ensure additionally that its students’ families have access to basic resources (i.e., shelter, food, etc.). This local, Denver-based non-profit organization was recently awarded a $25,000 grant by the Colorado COVID Relief Fund to help respond to the immediate crises affecting families from West Denver neighborhoods in the wake of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mile High 360 is pleased to receive this grant, putting the funds directly toward securing the basic supplies that families need to remain stable. “These funds, in conjunction with Denver’s existing support network, will ensure that families – adults and children – will not need to worry about where the next meal comes from or whether homelessness might be just around the corner,” said Dr. Eiteljorg, Executive Director of Mile High 360.

Mile High 360 (www.milehigh360.org) is a Denver-based youth-collaborative, engaging its students in long-term, year-round access through essential out-of-school resources in three interconnected areas: Academics, Health & Wellness, and Life Skills. The basic goal is to have a positive impact on their educational and life successes, helping students put themselves in positions to lead lives defined by independence and choice. By spearheading a network of resources and opportunities and connecting in a variety of ways with the schools, communities, and family systems, Mile High 360 is creating an opportunity for there to be a collective impact that far exceeds what any one entity could do on its own. In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its unprecedented impact on the economy, Dr. Eiteljorg explains, “At Mile High 360, we are seeing firsthand the urgent need to ensure that families can meet their basic needs. We believe this grant will have a significant impact on the adults and their children; its impact could be felt for generations to come. Mile High 360 is, in essence, providing two-generation support with this grant funding; by allowing the parents to access the basic and necessary life resources, their children can remain focused on school and their education, which will pay dividends down the road.”

The families have been overwhelmed with gratitude for the assistance Mile High 360 has provided during these unprecedented, scary and trying times. In the words of one mother, “I just wanted to reach out not just to you, but to the organization as a whole. The aid we've been receiving during this pandemic is astronomical and we truly cannot put into words the huge weight it is lifting off our shoulders. There's no worse feeling that being in a difficult position and not being able to do something about it. Thank you so much for allowing us not to stay in that difficult position.”

Led by an executive committee in coordination with the Governor’s Office, the Colorado COVID Relief Fund was developed to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on COVID-19 prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. The Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.

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About Mile High 360

Mile High 360 (www.milehigh360.org) is a Denver-based youth-collaborative, engaging its students in long-term and year-round access of essential out-of-school resources in three interconnected areas: Academics, Health & Wellness, and Life Skills. By spearheading a network of resources and opportunities and connecting in a variety of ways with the schools, communities, and family systems, Mile High 360 is creating an opportunity for there to be a collective impact that far and away exceeds what any one entity could do on its own.

Contact: Natalie Martinez

NatalieM@milehigh360.org

(303) 594-1805 (Mobile)

In Light of The Devastating Economic Impact of COVID-19, Mile High 360 Expands The Interpretation of its Mission To Ensure That its Students’ Families Have Access to Basic Resources (shelter, food, etc), So Their children, Mile High 360’s Students, Can Continue to Focus on School And Their Education, Instead of Focusing on Rationing Food or Whether or Not Homelessness Is Just Around the Corner.

Mile High 360 was recently awarded a $25,000 grant by the Colorado COVID Relief Fund to help respond to the immediate crises that families from West Denver neighborhoods are dealing with in light of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Mile High 360’s mission is to ensure that socioeconomic status does not define a child’s future.

Mile High 360 is pleased to receive this grant, putting the funds directly toward securing the basic supplies that families need to remain stable. “These funds, in conjunction with Denver’s existing support network, will ensure that families – adults and children – will not need to worry about where the next meal comes from or whether homelessness might be just around the corner,” said Dr. Eiteljorg, Executive Director of Mile High 360.  

Dr. Eiteljorg continued, “At Mile High 360, we are seeing firsthand the urgent need to ensure that families can meet their basic needs. We believe this grant will have a significant impact on the adults and their children; its impact could be felt for generations to come. Mile High 360 is, in essence, providing two-generation support with this grant funding; by allowing the parents to access the basic and necessary life resources, their children can remain focused on school and their education, which will pay dividends down the road.”

Led by an executive committee in coordination with the Governor’s Office, the Colorado COVID Relief Fund was developed to raise and coordinate allocation of funds based on COVID-19 prevention, impact and recovery needs of community-based organizations in Colorado. The Fund is organized to ensure that the most acute community needs across the state are being addressed and that community voice is reflected in all funding decisions made over time.

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About Mile High 360

Mile High 360 (www.milehigh360.org) is a Denver-based youth-collaborative, engaging its students in long-term and year-round access of essential out-of-school resources in three interconnected areas: Academics, Health & Wellness, and Life Skills. By spearheading a network of resources and opportunities and connecting in a variety of ways with the schools, communities, and family systems, Mile High 360 is creating an opportunity for there to be a collective impact that far and away exceeds what any one entity could do on its own.