our programs

Investing in Pikes Peak United Way is the best way to improve your community! We work to improve education, income and health for residents in the Pikes Peak Region. These are our key initiatives and programs that are designed to enhance youth success and family stability.

 

2-1-1

Staffed by community resource experts, 2-1-1 is a free, confidential and bilingual phone line that compassionately connects callers in need with personalized referrals for help. For many of the 35,000 people who use 2-1-1, it is a lifeline, sometimes a lifesaver. 2-1-1 is powered by Ent Credit Union and GE Johnson. Minimum donation of $250 qualifies for the El Paso County Enterprise Zone, a 25% tax credit.

COMMUNITY INVESTMENT FUND

This fund invests in the most efficient and effective programs, conducted by the top nonprofits in our city, improving youth success and family stability. Donations from community members fuel this fund, and volunteers drive the decision-making to ensure the donated dollars make the most impact across the region.

SUCCESS BY SIX

Experts say that 90% of brain development happens in the first five years of life. This initiative funds community partners who target families that live in our most vulnerable parts of the city, ensuring that no family misses out on the educational opportunities they deserve. Minimum donation of $250 qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit, a 50% state tax credit.

COLORADO SPRINGS PROMISE

This initiative equips students to strive for a better future by promoting education, family involvement, workforce engagement and family stability. It provides housing services for their families, computers, access to resources, food distributions, mentorship and career coaching. CSP is changing lives of students, offering hope and support. It is championing people at the beginning of their journey to prevent a future of poverty.

DOLLY PARTON'S IMAGINATION LIBRARY

Dolly was inspired by her father who never learned to read or write. DPIL mails a book each month to children, birth to age five. It develops an early love of reading, prepares children for success in school and provides bonding opportunities as parents read to their children. Minimum donation of $250 qualifies for the Colorado Child Care Contribution Credit, a 50% state tax credit.

PEAK PROGRESS (QUALITY OF LIFE INDICATORS)

Over 170 community leaders join together to study 12 key components of the quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. This vital program has been instrumental in helping local government, businesses and nonprofits understand our region and identify opportunities for consistent improvement.

LEAD

LEAD stands for Leadership, Effectiveness, and Diversity. The LEAD program is an in-depth development course that prepares participants to serve in leadership positions and on nonprofit boards throughout Colorado Springs. The 11-week hands-on training helps participants enhance their communication, conflict resolution and networking skills. The program’s focus is on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, with the goal of building well-rounded leaders. 

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The Peak Progress (QLI) Report is a community effort to look at and evaluate different components of quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. This project convenes volunteers, community members, and leaders from across the region (Vision Councils) to gather and evaluate data and create goals (referred to as “priority areas”) in various categories.

This report originated in 2007 after Howard Brooks and Jerry Smith recognized the need for benchmarking information and gathered the necessary community support and resources to publish the first edition. The 2019/2020 report seeks to move the report forward by not only focusing on indicators, but also looking for ways to take these findings and create actionable change and improve the quality of life in the Pikes Peak Region. To do this, we followed the original process of creating benchmarks by comparing the Pikes Peak Region to other regions in order to see how we are doing compared to other places in the United States, as well as looking at data over time.

This report is for anyone from a general citizen to an elected representative. Based on the foundation of community groups, networks, and resources that were assembled to develop it, this highly beneficial tool provides reliable and easy to understand data with the potential and proposed steps for actionable change.