DENVER, Colo. – Goodwill Industries of Denver is thrilled to receive a continuation of Mile High United Way’s Strategic Investment Grant for the 2017 – 2018 school year. The $75,000 grant will fund Goodwill’s Youth Career Development programming across the Denver metro area. Strategic Investment Grants are awarded to high-performing organizations who are implementing strategies that align with Mile High United Way’s community impact goals. Through a rigorous community selection process, Goodwill was selected as one of 82 organizations to receive the grant for fiscal year 2016/2017. With successful completion of services last year, Mile High United Way awarded Goodwill a second year of funding through a non-competitive grant renewal for youth career development programming for the 2017 – 2018 school year.
“We couldn’t be more grateful to Mile High United Way for its support and its commitment to investing in Denver’s youth,” said Stuart Davie, President and CEO of Goodwill Industries of Denver. “Our ongoing partnership with Mile High United Way ensures that the students of today have the skills not only to compete in tomorrow’s workforce, but to build successful and sustaining careers well into the future.”
Goodwill Industries of Denver will use its Strategic Investment grant to serve more than 16,000 at-risk students through program activities across several metro area school districts. The presence of Goodwill’s youth facilitators in high poverty communities will deliver a specialized curriculum, career exploration and technical skills training, case management, job and internship placement and one-on-one mentoring to at-risk students.
“Mile High United Way is proud to support the continued work of Goodwill Industries of Denver,” said Christine Benero, President and CEO of Mile High United Way, “As a Mile High United Way strategic investment grant partner, we know that they are making a meaningful difference in our community.”
Goodwill has had a strong impact in Denver for nearly 100 years serving more than 27,000 Coloradans in need annually with its workforce development programs for at-risk students, adults with barriers to employment and individuals with disabilities.